In a ceremony held at Simons City Naval Base, the primary of three, state-of-the-art, Multi Mission Inshore Patrol Vessels (MMIPVs) has been handed over to the South African Navy. The vessel marks the fruits of 4 years of labor for Damen Shipyards Cape City (DSCT). The vessel being delivered will increase South Africa’s maritime safety by enhancing the nation’s functionality to reply successfully, quickly and cost-effectively to threats corresponding to unlawful trafficking and fishing.

The 62m by 11m vessels have been designed by Damen to ship a fast response functionality that’s each efficient and value environment friendly. The vessel is the primary Damen Sea Axe vessel to function in South Africa the place, together with its sister ships, its main position shall be to counter piracy, unlawful fishing and smuggling operations. Nevertheless, their capability to accommodate at quick discover containerized mission modules provides them a real multi-mission functionality. The patented design delivers distinctive seakeeping behaviour with the straight-edged bow chopping by way of the water thereby bettering consolation and security whereas lowering emissions and gas consumption.


DSCT Board Member, Mr Sam Montsi, palms over a supply token to Vice Admiral Mosuwa Samuel Hlongwane, Chief of South African Navy. (Photograph by Damen)

Mr Sam Montsi, Chairman of the Damen Shipyards Cape City Board, commented: “The supply is a big milestone within the story of Damen Shipyards Cape City. It’s the first time {that a} naval vessel of this calibre has been constructed on the yard and additionally it is the primary of its class! Regardless of the COVID 19 pandemic, this lovely vessel has been constructed to the required high quality stage which is an achievement that was realised by South African individuals, as many of the work and supplies that went into the development have been sourced domestically. The yard has considerably grown throughout this course of each within the high quality of labor and the security requirements achieved.”

The Multi Mission Inshore Patrol Vessels (MMIPVs) undertaking can also be taking part in an essential position in creating expert new jobs and appearing as a catalyst for the event of regional provide chains. By itself, the MMIPV undertaking is anticipated to generate a couple of million man-hours of labor through the development of the three MMIPVs and can help greater than 1,000 direct and oblique jobs at Damen Shipyards Cape City (DSCT). As well as, the yard can also be specializing in nurturing small companies to maximise native content material. Work on the remaining two vessels is properly underway at DSCT, with the second vessel handover being deliberate for 2023 and the third for 2024.

South African Navy Multi Mission Inshore Patrol Vessels (MMIPVs)
South African Navy Multi Mission Inshore Patrol Vessels (MMIPVs)