OCEA wins new order from Nigeria for hydrographic research vessel

According to a press release published by OCEA on October 12, 2021, after the delivery in 8 years of 18 ships to the Nigerian Navy, including the NNS LANA, a 60-meter hydrographic research vessel type OSV 190 SC-WB, two 35-meter patrol boats type FPB 110 MKII and two interceptors of 17 m type C-FALCON in 2020, OCEA won an international tender for the supply of a 35-meter hydrographic research vessel type OCEA OSV 115 SC-WB.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Delivery of offshore survey vessel NNS Lana to Nigeria (Picture source: Shom)

OCEA’s OSV 115 SC-WB type vessel is a hydrographic and oceanographic research vessel from the auxiliary vessels range. Intervening in support of the OSV 190 NNS LANA, it will allow the Nigerian Navy to complete the knowledge of its maritime territory.

The hydrographic and oceanographic research vessel is designed for the following missions: oceanographic/hydrographic operations, oil spill operations, general patrol, search and rescue, and diving support. 

OSV 115 SC-WB has a crew of about 12 sailors and passengers and she has a length of 35 m. The vessel will be able to reach a top speed of 12 knots (22 km/h) with a maximum cruising range of 3000 nautical miles (5556 km) at 10 knots (19 km/h).

A research vessel (RV or R/V) is a ship or boat designed, modified, or equipped to carry out research at sea. Research vessels carry out a number of roles. Some of these roles can be combined into a single vessel but others require a dedicated vessel. Due to the demanding nature of the work, research vessels are often constructed around an icebreaker hull, allowing them to operate in polar waters.