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French shipbuilder OCEA launches new OCEA OSV 190 SC-WB hydrographic research vessel for Nigerian Navy

According to a press release published on September 24, 2020, French shipbuilder OCEA has officially launched the new OCEA OSV 190 SC-WB hydrographic research vessel for the Nigerian Navy at the OCEA site in Les Sables d'Olonne, France.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 New OCEA OSV 190 SC-WB hydrographic research vessel for the Nigerian Navy. (Picture source OCEA)

Following an international call for tenders for the acquisition of a hydrographic research vessel and associated logistical support services, the Nigerian Navy selected OCEA in 2018 to carry out this contract.

Madam the Nigerian Ambassador to France, a delegation from the Nigerian Navy Headquarters from Abuja and representatives the French administration were present at the ceremony.

The award of this order to OCEA shipyard once again demonstrates the competitiveness of OCEA's offer in the face of intense international competition (India, Spain, South Korea, South Africa, etc.). This new achievement also strengthens the presence of the OCEA Group in Nigeria, whose Navy already operates numerous patrol vessels from 24 to 35 meters built by OCEA. By the end of 2020, the Vendée shipyard will deliver two 35-meter FPB 110 MKII type patrol boats and four interceptors to the Nigerian Navy.

The OCEA OSV 190 SC-WB hydrographic research vessel called Lana has a length of 60.1 meters, a draft of 3.5 meters, and can reach a speed of 14 knots. It has an endurance of 4,400 nautical miles at 12 knots, or 20 days, and can accommodate 50 people including the crew.