Vietnamese shipbuilders export 60 patrol boats to Nigeria

07-Jan-2020 Intellasia | TuoitreNews | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Two Vietnamese shipbuilding companies have finished manufacturing 50 plastic patrol boats and ten bullet-proof steel patrol vessels for their clients in Nigeria.

Hanoi-based James Boat Technology Company previously delivered a total of 50 patrol boats made of high-quality PPC (Copolymer Polypropylene Polystone) in mid-December 2019.

The ships were transported from Doan Xa Port in the northern Vietnamese city of Hai Phong to Harcourt Port in Nigeria.

The shipment alone cost approximately $500,000 and was carried out by Bollore Logistics Vietnam.

The 50 boats will be used for patrol, search and rescue missions, and protection of oil rigs in Nigeria.

What makes these boats special is the PPC material, which is light, durable, and eco-friendly.

PPC is also resistant to ultraviolet rays, chemicals, corrosion, acid, and petroleum products, while the cost of maintenance is much lower than that of steel vessels.

The material is manufactured by Germany’s Rochling Group, a partner of James Boat.

Hong Ha, another Vietnamese shipbuilding firm, also signed a deal with a Nigerian billionaire to build ten steel armored patrol boats.

These ships are now being kept at a port in Hai Phong City, waiting to be delivered to the client.

Each armored ship measures 15.1 meters long, 3.86 meters wide, and weighs 12.5 metric tonnes.

According to Lieutenant Colonel Nguyen Thanh Trung, a representative of military-run Hong Ha Company, the boats can reach a maximum speed of 42 nautical miles per hour.

The design allows the ships to be equipped with three machine guns at the bow and stern, Trung continued, adding that the ships also have great bullet-proof capacity.


Category: Economy, Vietnam

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