Various threats along the African coast, including piracy and poaching of marine resources, require innovative thinking to counter them.
Veecraft Marine (Hangar 1, Stand A7) is completing a 30m wave-piercer inshore patrol vessel (IPV), which it describes as revolutionary and a first for Africa, at its Cape Town yard. Designed by international naval architects, Incat Crowther, it is being developed in conjunction with Veecraft Marine specifically for the African coastline.
“The first boat of its class is set for launch in January 2015 and forms part of a five-boat multipurpose vessel fleet destined for operations off the west coast of Africa,” explained Veecraft Marine’s managing director, André van Niekerk.
The current design has an operational speed of 25/30kts and carries a maximum DWT of 37 tonnes with a crew and personnel complement of 22 persons. The next generation, an IPV, will be capable of performing at 40kts with minimal extra design criteria and power. Offering a 40kt sprint speed, coupled to a 16kt patrol speed, the vessel will utilise no more than a total of 4,000hp (2,941kW) and 1,500hp (1,100kW) respectively.
“This catamaran-type design, developed around the very specific needs of countries along the coast of Africa, will result in a new class of vessel suitable to economically and efficiently fill the gap where IPVs in the 33-50m range of vessels are required,” said van Niekerk.