Shipbuilder Damen Shipyards Cape City (DSCT) delivered the second Multi-Mission Inshore Patrol Vessels (MMIPVs, Warrior-class inshore patrol vessel) on 14 October, 4 years after it was awarded the Mission Biro contract. Mission BIRO allowed DSCT to additional develop this base. The Multi-Mission Inshore Patrol Vessels might be delivered to the SAN in 2023 ‘after intensive acceptance trials’, and the ultimate MMIPV will comply with in 2024. The MMIPVs are meant to interchange the Warrior-class OPVs between 2022 and 2024. DSCT’s largest mission up to now is for 3 Multi-Mission Inshore Patrol Vessels (MMIPVs) procured by ARMSCOR for the South African Navy (SAN). The vessels 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.

Because the begin of the mission, all set milestones have been completed: the primary vessel has been handed over. Damen will ship the remaining vessels on time, on price range and with the best worldwide requirements and high quality. Moreover, DSCT is delighted to have included native suppliers and personnel for the constructing of the vessels. Along with producing optimistic outcomes, the MMIPV mission has led to a 50% improve in employment on the yard and a 75% improve in vendor alternatives within the final three years. DSCT’s prolonged monitor document in shipbuilding has resulted in a strong native provide chain base. Authorities programmes corresponding to Native Content material, Enterprise and Provider Improvement (ESD) Defence Industrial Participation (DIP) and Nationwide Industrial Participation (NIP) offered leverage for an extra deal with the inclusion of the native business.


South African Navy Multi-Mission Inshore Patrol Vessels (MMIPVs) (Picture by Damen)

On this course of, DSCT dedicated itself to topics acknowledged as being of essential significance to South Africa, such because the inclusion of empowered firms, Exempted Micro Enterprises (EMEs), Qualifying Small Enterprises (QSEs) and Navy Veterans (MV). Embracing these topics has resulted as an illustration within the inclusion of nicely over 100 EMEs and QSEs into Mission BIRO. DSCT acknowledges the necessity for real transformation inside the enterprise panorama. DSCT’s B-BBEE Stage 1 accreditation within the Defence Sector Constitution is a testomony to DSCT being part of the change in South Africa and we stay totally dedicated to creating a various and inclusive tradition essential to make sure a powerful and sustainable future.

Every MMPIV is 62m lengthy with a beam of 11m, based mostly on the Damen Sea Axe design. The Damen Group, designs and manufactures all kinds of vessels, together with a variety of associated patrol vessels identified usually because the Damen Stan Patrol vessels. The Damen Stan Patrol designs’ names embrace a four-digit code, the place the primary two digits are the vessel’s size, in metres, and the second two digits are its width.[1] Over a dozen nations have lessons of vessels based mostly on the Damen Stan 4207 patrol vessel design, that are 42 metres (138 ft) lengthy and seven metres (23 ft) vast. The USA Coast Guard’s Sentinel class cutters, based mostly on the Damen Stan 4708 patrol vessel design, are 47 metres (154 ft) lengthy and eight metres (26 ft) vast.