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South African Navy to receive three IPVs

1st March 2018 - 09:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) has received an order to supply three inshore patrol vessels (IPV) for the South African Navy’s Project Biro, the company announced on 26 February.

The contract was awarded by Armscor, the acquisition agency for the South African Department of Defence.

Project Biro intends to enhance South Africa’s maritime security, ensuring that the country has the capability to respond effectively, rapidly and cost-efficiently to maritime threats such as illegal trafficking and fishing.

The 62x11 metre IPVs will be the first vessels of a Damen Sea Axe hull design to operate in South Africa. The vessel's hull is a straight-edged, axe-shaped bow that cuts through the water, minimising slamming for improved safety and comfort on board and significantly reduced fuel consumption and emissions.

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