Damen Shipyards Group and Homeland Integrated Offshore Services of Lagos have signed a contract in Singapore for the delivery of two additional Damen 3307 Patrol Vessels. This further increases the total number of these vessels in the Homeland fleet with the first ordered in 2014 and the most recent deliveries being three vessels over the course of 2018.
The 33-metre Patrol Vessel is based on Damen’s successful Fast Crew Supplier 3307, and so exhibits the same performance characteristics and superb fuel economy with a top speed of 30 knots, excellent manoeuvrability and first-class seakeeping thanks to its Axe Bow design. In addition to special features such as an armoured citadel protecting the wheelhouse, Homeland specifies a number of optional features for their vessels to extend their capabilities and maximise operability. Among these are a fast rescue craft, a Fuel Trax electronic fuel monitoring system and a redundant fuel separation system.
Like their sister-ships, the two latest additions will be able to accommodate up to eight security personnel together with their equipment alongside the six crew and fifteen seats for crew transfers. Damen is also supplying training and maintenance services with integral knowledge and technology transfers.
This latest order demonstrates Homeland’s continuing commitment to maintaining its leadership position in servicing Nigeria’s offshore oil and gas sector by investing in state-of-the-art equipment that rivals that to be found anywhere in the world.
Homeland was founded in 2006 to support international oil companies working in Nigeria’s offshore oil and gas fields by providing a wide range of services both at sea and on shore. Thirteen years later, it operates a sizeable fleet that includes fast supply intervention vessels, platform support vessels, anchor handling tug supply ships, security and patrol vessels, and tugs.
Led by managing director Dr. Louis Ekere, the company works with many of the international oil companies (IOCs) operating actively in the region. In response to this latest order he commented; “We work closely with our clients to achieve their strategic objectives by providing exceptional services to enable them focus on their core operations.”
From left to right: Mark Gaetje (Sales Manager, Damen Shipyards Group), Dr. Louis Ekere (Managing director, Homeland Integrated Offshore Services Ltd)