Homeland Integrated Offshore Services LTD (Homeland IOS LTD), Nigeria’s leading supplier of engineering, procurement, construction and installation services to the offshore oil and gas sector, has placed an order with the Singaporean Penguin Shipyard for several Flex Fighter security / crew boats for delivery in December 2019.
The 40-metre vessels are among the first of Penguin Shipyard’s latest generation of this proven and highly capable work boat. Previous versions are already well-regarded in the offshore industry and for its security profile, this new upgraded version comes fitted with an all-round wheelhouse ballistic protection, machine gun mounts and gunner shields forward and aft. Comfortable cabins together with the amenities required for long periods at sea are provided for up to twelve security personnel.
To fulfil its role as a crew boat, the Flex Fighter also comes with reclining seats for 42 passengers and a 93m² cargo deck with knuckle boom crane for equipment and components. Additional features that make them well-suited for the arduous conditions of the Gulf of Guinea include heavy-duty/self-cleaning fuel oil purifiers, an external fire-fighting monitor and a FuelTrax Electronic Fuel Management System.
“We continue to invest in state-of-the-art vessels for our fleet so as to maintain our leadership position in servicing Nigeria’s offshore oil and gas sector,” said Dr. Louis Ekere, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director of Homeland Integrated Offshore Services Limited. He went further to say “We work with many of the international oil companies (IOCs) operating actively in the Gulf of Guinea and these new additions will support them in achieving their strategic global objectives. This is the first time that we have purchased vessels from Penguin Shipyard and we chose them on this occasion based on their proven record of reliability in the building and delivery of several such vessels to Nigeria and other countries. The delivery of these Flex Fighters will significantly strengthen Homeland’s fleet and create additional channels of diversification to support the ever-evolving needs of our existing and prospective clients.”
Homeland was founded in 2006 to support the international oil companies operating in Nigeria’s offshore oil and gas fields by providing a wide range of services both onshore and offshore. 13 years later, it operates a sizeable number of vessels that includes fast supply intervention vessels, platform support vessels, anchor handling tug supply ships, security and patrol vessels, tugs and other craft. Homeland IOS Ltd is one of just a few indigenous Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSC) in Nigeria with a valid memorandum of understanding with the Nigerian Navy for the provision of security services and an award for exceptional services from the United States of America Coast Guard and Department of Homeland Security Services.
Sea News, September 20