Kership — a partnership set up by French shipbuilders Piriou and DCNS in 2013 — offers an extensive range of multimission vessels, from maritime surveillance to hydrographic surveys and oceanography; from assistance to ships in difficulty to the interdiction of illegal trafficking, spill response and fisheries policing. The Kership product portfolio offers multimission naval and coastguard platforms capabilities that are rugged, long-lasting and economical. All are designed for long blue water missions and all can undertake a huge variety of operations.
In 2016, the French Navy took delivery of the first of a batch of four B2M vessels on order from Kership, with two more scheduled for delivery over the coming 12 months. These multimission ships are 65m long for a beam of 14 and a full-load displacement of 2,300 tonnes. They are designed for surveillance and protection operations across France’s vast maritime zones in the Indian and Pacific Oceans and the Caribbean. Patrolling at 13 knots, they offer a maximum range of 5,000nm, 30 days’ endurance and…
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