Nigerian private security company Homeland Integrated Offshore Services has signed a contract with Damen Shipyards Group for the sixth Damen 3307 patrol vessel.
The vessel named, Guardian 6, will join its sister vessels in the Gulf of Guinea providing security services to oil majors operating in the region. It will perform roles such as deterring and intervening in piracy attacks.
Additionally, it will carry out crew transfers and equipment deliveries. Homeland is approved and registered by the Government of Nigeria to provide private maritime security services.
The Damen 3307 Patrol Vessel is based on Damen’s proven Fast Crew Suppler (FCS) 3307. Fitted out as standard, the vessel can carry up to sixteen military personnel along with their equipment.
Homeland has selected a number of optional custom features for their vessel. This includes incorporation of a fast rescue craft, fuel trax electronic fuel monitoring system and a self-cleaning fuel separator. Damen delivered the first 3307 patrol vessel to Homeland in 2014.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Homeland’s CEO Dr Louis Ekere said, “I’d like to thank Damen for the continued cooperation, which goes beyond the simple client-supplier relationship. The synergy has continued to grow the capacity of Nigerian indigenous companies in line with the objectives of the Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board (NCDMD) of the Federal Government to grow the local content capacity and many people benefit from employment opportunities, both during the build and in the operation of this vessel.”