Paramount Maritime, subsidiary to the worldwide aerospace and expertise firm, Paramount Group, is happy to announce the christening of the MV TUGUEMI 35m Sentinel vessel, which passed off at Hamlet Quay in Elliot Basin, Cape City, South Africa. Following the christening, the vessel shall be deployed within the higher Gulf of Guinea (GoG) area, a acknowledged hotspot in 2022 for oil and gasoline (O&G) piracy, bunkering, and kidnapping actions, usually undertaken by armed militant cabals. With dignitaries and particular company in attendance, the event marked the second inauguration of the most recent model of the 35m Sentinel high-speed, multi-purpose naval vessel inside a couple of months. The 35m Sentinel is optimised for coastal patrols and cargo switch duties, amongst a myriad of different mission assignments that the multi-purpose vessel can carry out.

The state-of-the-art 35m Sentinel is an aluminium-hulled maritime platform with an optimum V-bottom hull form. Sporting a size of 35 metres, a beam of seven.5 metres and draught of two metres, the Sentinel comfortably hosts as much as 6 cabins for each crew and safety personnel. The Sentinel’s 11×6 metre cargo deck can additional accommodate 20 tons of cargo or a 20-foot transport container. A 6.5 metre semi-rigid boat may also be launched by way of a davit. Making certain mission survivability and utmost personnel safety, the Sentinel’s wheelhouse and primary deck lodging construction is fitted with composite ballistic armour whereas gun mounts and ballistic shields are fitted to supply strong protection across the vessel.


Paramount Maritime CEO, Lee Connolly, said that, “The launch of the 35m Sentinel Vessel, named the MV TUGUEMI, is one more milestone in our manufacturing of a world class product made proudly in Africa, for Africa. Certainly, the ramifications of maritime piracy, together with kidnappings and even assaults plague the entire of Africa’s trajectory, not simply their factors of origin. Rule of legislation in Gulf of Guinea (GoF) territorial waters and their related blue financial zones has been routinely challenged and such crimes hit record-heights through the COVID-19 pandemic, which in flip exacerbated already-constrained provide chains throughout the continent”.

Paramount Maritime Launches Superior 35m Sentinel Vessel MV TUGUEMI

The vessel design affords next-generation wheelhouse safety of STANAG Degree II and deckhouse ballistic protections of STANAG Degree I. Powered by three Caterpillar C32 primary engines growing 1,193 kW every and three propellers permits for a variety at economical velocity of 1,300 nautical miles (NM). Paramount Maritime employs extremely certified personnel working in quite a few manufacturing services, offering steadfast maritime options for the African shipbuilding trade and past.

The corporate develops extremely customised options that tackle localised challenges, delivering world-class safety protections, whereas adhering all through to globally recognised environmental, social, and company governance (ESG) standards. Within the enviornment of safety and overseas coverage, the maritime house has been considered affected by ‘sea blindness’ and is commonly missed as an financial precedence. At a current high-level safety seminar organized by the Financial Neighborhood of West African States (ECOWAS) in Abuja, Nigeria, the Head of ECOWAS’ Regional Safety Division, Col. Abdourahmane Dieng, affirmed that maritime insecurity within the area had lengthy been “…one of the vital persistent and intractable threats to maritime communities and financial prosperity in West Africa”.