Nigeria’s Homeland Integrated Offshore Services of Nigeria (HIOS) has ordered two additional Damen 3307 Patrol Vessels from Damen Shipyards Group.
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, Damen said in a statement on 11 March. A June 2018 order took Homeland’s total to six.
The 33-metre 3307 Patrol Vessel is based on Damen’s Fast Crew Supplier 3307, and so exhibits the same performance characteristics and fuel economy with a top speed of 30 knots, and good seakeeping thanks to its Axe Bow design. In addition to special features such as an armoured citadel protecting the wheelhouse, Homeland has specified a number of optional features for their vessels to extend their capabilities and maximise operability, Damen said. 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.
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.”
Homeland Integrated Offshore Services is one of the few indigenous Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSCs) with a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Nigerian Navy.