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Paramount Maritime launches first survey motor boat for South African Navy

Paramount Maritime, a Paramount Group company, has successfully launched the first of three next-generation Survey Motor Boats (SMBs) to the South African Navy in continued support of its programmes to enhance the capabilities and infrastructure of the South African Navy Hydrographic Office (SANHO).


Paramount Maritime, a Paramount Group company, has successfully launched the first of three next-generation Survey Motor Boats (SMBs) to the South African Navy in continued support of its programmes to enhance the capabilities and infrastructure of the South African Navy Hydrographic Office (SANHO).
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Paramount Maritime launches first survey motor boat for South African Navy 925 001New survey vessel of the South African Navy. (Picture source: Veercraft Marine)


In addition to the three Survey Motor Boats to be delivered to the South African Navy Hydrographic Office (SANHO), this programme also provides for the delivery of a Hydrographic Survey Vessel and a Sea Boat as well as a third, fully operational inshore Survey Motor Boat, to remain ashore and in reserve.

Veecraft Marine, a subsidiary of Paramount Maritime, had been tasked with the design and manufacture of the Survey Motor Boats, all of which having taken place within South Africa.

The 11m Length Overall (LOA) Survey Motor Boat hosts two twin Volvo Penta duo-prop propellers, providing for greater fuel efficiency and effective and predictable handling alongside a Volvo Penta D3 joystick helm control system.


Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 New survey vessel of the South African Navy. (Picture source: Veercraft Marine)


The vessel’s advanced survey equipment includes Multi-Beam and Single-Beam echo-sounders and Side-Scan Sonar and a Seabed Sampler to recover sample material from the sea-floor and underlying sub-strata for detailed analytical and testing purposes. The vessel capabilities allow for nearshore shallow water surveys in depths of up to 300m.

Training has additionally been provided for the Survey Motor Boat’s multifaceted survey systems.

The Survey Motor Boat will now continue standard Harbour trials and Sea Acceptance testing before being delivered to the South African Navy for utilisation.