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Vietnamese shipbuilders export 60 patrol boats to Nigeria

Vietnamese shipbuilders export 60 patrol boats to Nigeria

Sunday, January 05, 2020, 16:09 GMT+7
Vietnamese shipbuilders export 60 patrol boats to Nigeria
A PPC patrol boat built by Hanoi-based James Boat Technology Company is tested in Ha Long Bay. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

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.

A PPC patrol boat built by Hanoi-based James Boat Technology Company is tested in Ha Long Bay. Video: Tien Thang / Tuoi Tre

The shipment alone cost approximately US$500,000 and was carried out by Bolloré 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.

The PPC patrol boats are loaded onto a cargo ship at Doan Xa Port in the northern Vietnamese city of Hai Phong. Photo: Tien Thang / Tuoi Tre
PPC patrol boats are loaded onto a cargo ship at Doan Xa Port in the northern Vietnamese city of Hai Phong for shipment to a Nigerian buyer. Photo: Tien Thang / Tuoi Tre

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.

The PPC patrol boats are loaded onto a cargo ship at Doan Xa Port in the northern Vietnamese city of Hai Phong. Photo: Thanh Liem / Tuoi Tre
PPC patrol boats are loaded onto a cargo ship at Doan Xa Port in the northern Vietnamese city of Hai Phong for shipment to a Nigerian buyer. Photo: Thanh Liem / Tuoi Tre

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 tons.

The PPC patrol boats are built at the factory of James Boat Technology Company. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
PPC patrol boats are built at a factory of Vietnamese shipbuilder James Boat Technology Company. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

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.

The PPC patrol boats are built at the factory of James Boat Technology Company. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
PPC patrol boats are built at a factory of Vietnamese shipbuilder James Boat Technology Company. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
Employees prepare the boats prior to the delivery. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
Employees of Vietnamese shipbuilder James Boat Technology Company prepare PPC patrol boats for delivery. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
Employees prepare the boats prior to the delivery. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
Employees of Vietnamese shipbuilder James Boat Technology Company prepare PPC patrol boats for delivery. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
The PPC patrol boats are built at the factory of James Boat Technology Company. Photo: Thanh Liem / Tuoi Tre
PPC patrol boats are built at a factory of Vietnamese shipbuilder James Boat Technology Company. Photo: Thanh Liem / Tuoi Tre
The PPC patrol boats are built at the factory of James Boat Technology Company. Photo: Thanh Liem / Tuoi Tre
PPC patrol boats are built at a factory of Vietnamese shipbuilder James Boat Technology Company. Photo: Thanh Liem / Tuoi Tre
Lieutenant Colonel Nguyen Thanh Trung, a representative of Hong Ha Company, introduces the steel armored patrol boats. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
Lieutenant Colonel Nguyen Thanh Trung, a representative of Hong Ha Company, introduces steel armored patrol boats. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
The armored patrol boats are kept at the port of Hong Ha Company in Hai Phong City. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
Steel armored patrol boats are kept at the port of Hong Ha Company in Hai Phong City. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

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