Offshore Survey Vessel for Nigerian Navy makes its way home
French-built OSV delivered
NIGERIA: Since the launch of the Nigerian Navy’s latest fleet addition last month in France, the NNS Lana, has visited Lisbon (Portugal), Las Palmas (Spain) and Banjul Gambia. She is due in Tema (Ghana) tomorrow before heading home to Nigeria.
The Offshore Survey Vessel is the Navy’s first ever purpose-built survey vessel and replaces her namesake which was decommissioned 10 years ago.
Built in France by OCEA, the NNS Lana is well-equipped to undertake missions in coastal, deep sea and offshore waters. OCEA will provide logistic support services including crew, scientific and maintenance training to maintain the operational readiness of the “NNS LANA”, on-site technical assistance, spare-parts and tools, documentation.
The acquisition of NNS LANA brings to 18 the number of OCEA platforms in the Nigerian Navy’s inventory. The French company is also due to construct a 35m Hydro boat to complement NNS LANA.
The construction of the vessel began in December 2019 and the project was divided into four major milestones:
- the completion of the deck moulds,
- completion of hull blocks,
- hull assembly on the main deck and
- the delivery and installation of the main engines at the shipyard.
The new NNS Lana (A499) is designed and purposely built to enable the NN conduct hydrographic and oceanographic surveys. It is also capable of conducting geophysical studies, search and rescue operations as well as patrol duties. The ship is equipped with state-of-the-art modern survey equipment as well as a well-equipped 7.6m surface vehicle for shallow water surveys.
Furthermore, the Ship has an Automatic Weather Station (AWS), wet and dry laboratories, scientific and technical workshops as well as operating and processing rooms for survey data. The machineries include 2 x MTU engines, 3 x CAT main generators/one emergency generator, electric propulsion system and other auxiliaries.
The electric propulsion which is operated at survey speed is particularly installed to minimise distortion of data due to machinery noise. The Ship has a maximum speed of 14 knots and a capacity of 50 crew.