Senegal orders offshore patrol vessel

New OPV to boost security.

Senegal orders offshore patrol vessel

Senegal has ordered a 58 metre offshore patrol vessel from France’s OCEA, as it prepares to take delivery of a 45 metre vessel from STX.

The OPV 190 Mk II vessel will be delivered to Senegal’s navy in late 2016, according to Mer et Marine. Rumours of a possible acquisition surfaced in mid-2014.

Senegal’s vessel will be made in three segments at the Ocea site in Fontenay-le-Comte and transferred to Les Sables d’Olonne for final assembly.

The OPV 190 is a 58 m (190 foot) long, 9.4 metre wide vessel made from aluminium for less corrosion and lighter weight. Its shallow draft (2.3 metres) allows operation close to the shore. It has a crew of 30 but can take 24 passengers on board. Range is between 4 and 5 000 km at 12 knots, while maximum speed is 30 knots. Endurance is three weeks.

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