Mammoet Moves South African Navy’s Patrol Vessel for Launch
Mammoet South Africa has been contracted by Damen Shipyards Cape Town) to assist with the launch of the first of three Multi Mission Inshore Patrol Vessels. Procured by ARMSCOR, the acquisition agency of the South African Department of Defense, for the South African Navy, the vessels will augment South Africa’s maritime security by enhancing the country’s capability to respond effectively, rapidly and cost-effectively to threats such as illegal trafficking and fishing.
The vessel, weighing over 600 tonne, was safely transported overnight from the DSCT shipyard to the Transnet National Ports Authority synchrolift at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront Basin. The vessel was jacked up using Mammoet’s 150 tonne jacks, and then transported from the fabrication yard to the synchrolift using 48 axle lines of SPMT to provide precision movement within the facility’s congested footprint.
The MMIPVs are built according to the patented Damen Axe Bow design, which ensures low resistance, high sustained speed in waves and superior seakeeping characteristics in the toughest conditions. As vertical accelerations are reduced significantly and bow slamming almost entirely eliminated, the safety of the vessel and crew increases considerably, reducing operational risks. The multi mission deck is used for supporting diving, search and rescue and anti-piracy operations.
The engineering of the vessel commenced in 2018 and the keel was laid in February 2019.