Fourth Damen 3307 patrol vessel delivered to Homeland Integrated Offshore Services

Homeland Integrated Offshore Services Ltd (Homeland) of Lagos, Nigeria has taken delivery of another Damen 3307 patrol vessel for operations in the Gulf of Guinea offshore oilfields. This brings the total number of Ships/Guardians delivered since the first arrived in early 2014 to four. Guardian 4 joined its three sister ships to provide security services to oil majors active in Nigerian territorial waters, as well as additional support services including crew transfers and equipment deliveries.

Homeland is one of the few government-approved private maritime security companies operating in Nigeria with a valid Memorandum of Understanding with the Nigerian Navy, and the arrival of the fourth Guardian significantly adds to its ability to achieve its goal of providing turnkey security services that include deterrence and response to piracy attacks, to make the offshore environment safer for the benefit of all stakeholders legitimate.

The Damen 3307 Patrol Vessel is a variant of Damen’s best-selling Fast Crew Supplier 3307. It applies all the advantages of the basic FCS 3307 design; a top speed of 30 knots, quick acceleration and excellent seakeeping, and adds a range of special refinements including an armored wheelhouse and internal shelter, and is intended to carry up to 16 servicemen and their equipment. Additional equipment specified by Homeland includes a fast rescue craft, a FuelTrax electronic fuel monitoring system and a self-cleaning fuel separator. 15 seats for crew transfers were also installed.

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 offshore and onshore. 11 years later, it now operates a significant fleet which includes fast response vessels, platform support vessels, anchor handling tug supply vessels, security and patrol vessels and tugs. Led by Managing Director Louis Ekere, the company works with many international oil companies (IOCs) actively operating in the region.

News from the Sea, January 12

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