The Tunisian Navy Multi Service Offshore Patrol Vessel 1400 (MSOPV 1400) series have just arrived the country from its shipyard at Galati in Romania.
The lead vessel Jugurtha began its journey in early March and arrived at its destination at the Tunisian naval base of Bizerte on 9 March, according to Automatic Identification System (AIS) data.
|MSOPV SeaAxe hull form visible
The new OPVs were designed with a SeaAxe hullform and it is understood that Damen is building these ships in pairs. Steel-cutting for the first two– Jugurtha and Syphax – started on 13 December 2016.
According to IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly, another two offshore patrol vessels (Hannon and Sophonisbe) will be built for the Tunisian Navy, with all four scheduled for delivery by the end of 2018.
|MSOPV 1400 rear view
The MSOPV has a compact design with two sea boats and a extendable helicopter hangar. Also it is fitted with lights and visual aids for day and night operations, Avcat re-and de-fuelling system and a stern slipways in operation.
According to Ramen, It takes less than a minute to disembark rigid inflatable boats.
Damen Multi Service Offshore Patrol Vessel 1400 (MSOPV) Specifications
Length (meter) 72
Speed max (kts) 20.5
Beam (m) 12.7
Propulsion 4×1765 kW, CPP
Endurance: 25 days
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