The launch of the ‘NIANI’, the second OPV 58 S (Offshore Patrol Vessel) destined for the Senegalese Navy, took place yesterday (13 September 2022) afternoon in Concarneau (29). The launch of the ‘NIANI’, the second offshore patrol vessel destined for the Senegalese Navy, took place yesterday afternoon in Concarneau (29). This stage marks a significant step in the progress of the programme for the supply of three offshore patrol vessels. This stage marks a significant step in the progress of the programme for the supply of three offshore patrol vessels. It also includes a support period lasting several years in Senegal.
“It is an important event for this boat but also more broadly for the OPV58S programme! Thanks to the motivation of the PIRIOU and KERSHIP personnel and the continuous working partnership with the representatives of the Senegalese Naval Staff, we are progressing according to schedule,”Vincent Faujour, Chairman of the PIRIOU Group said.
The OPV 58 S is a robust 62 m patrol vessel with outstanding versatility and high endurance. The OPV 58 S is dedicated to missions such as surveillance, identification and intervention, and fulfils the entire range of missions related to law enforcement. In addition to her deployment ability -intervention RHIBs- she possesses a first rank deterrence capacity thanks to her anti-surface and anti-aircraft weapon systems. Built with the support and expertise of its partner company KERSHIP (the joint company between PIRIOU and Naval Group), the programme of construction of these three patrol vessels is spread over a period of 44 months, until summer 2024.
Involved in shipbuilding, repair, naval engineering and services since 1965, Piriou is specialized in manufacturing vessels of up to 120 m in length. PIRIOU is now established in Asia (Vietnam), Africa (Nigeria, Algeria, Morocco, Senegal), in the Indian Ocean (La Réunion) and Europe (mainland France, Romania). Moreover, the group intends to continue its international development and keeps being in line with its strategy -Be where our customers need us- with ongoing projects of establishment and development.