The Tunisian Navy has received the first of four new Damen-built Multi Service Offshore Patrol Vessel 1400 (MSOPV 1400) series offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) with a SeaAxe hullform.
The lead vessel, Jugurtha , departed its shipyard at Galati in Romania in early March and arrived at the main Tunisian naval base of Bizerte on 9 March, according to Automatic Identification System (AIS) data.
Although Damen has refused to comment on this project, citing customer confidentiality, it is understood that Damen is building these ships in pairs. Steel-cutting for the lead pair of vessels – Jugurtha and Syphax – started on 13 December 2016.
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