Damen FCS 3307 Patrol vessel Guardian 9_lowres

Damen Delivers FCS as Patrol Vessels to Nigerian Offshore Company

Damen Shipyards Group has delivered two additional Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 3307 vessels configured as patrol boats to West African offshore services supplier Homeland Integrated Offshore Services Limited (HIOSL). The vessels were delivered within five months of contract signing. 

The handing over of Guardian 9 and Guardian 10 adds to the existing FCS 3307 Patrol fleet that HIOSL has been operating for the past five years.

FCS 3307 Patrol Design

33 metres in length, the Damen FCS 3307 Patrol shares the same attributes as the other variants available. The Axe-Bow hull form ensures good manoeuvrability and seakeeping combined with fuel economy and a top speed of 28 knots. Guardians 9 and 10 will be powered by three Caterpillar main engines delivering 3250 bkW to three fixed pitch propellers via three Reintjes WVS series gearboxes. They will have a range of 1000 nm at full speed and with full complements of six crew and twelve security personnel they will be able to remain at sea for up to four weeks, in and around Nigeria’s coastal and offshore oil fields. 

As privately-owned vessels they have no offensive capability apart from the security personnel on board and their equipment, however they are well defended. The bridges are bullet proof and armoured "citadels" within will protect non-combatants in the event of fire being exchanged.

Like the fast crew supplier, each has a 75 m2 cargo deck aft rated at 2.5 tonnes/m2. This allows them to deliver equipment and spares. Additional equipment specified by HIOSL includes thermal imaging sets, diesel powered SOLAS fast rescue craft and Fuel Trax fuel monitoring systems as well as redundant fuel oil separators to protect the engines and generators from contaminated fuel. 

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.

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