Socarenam, based in northern France, has developed a range of offshore patrol vessels in collaboration with naval architecture firm Bureau Mauric. The designs use steel hulls and aluminium superstructures and are tailored for extended offshore patrols. Drawing on their long experience in commercial and general shipbuilding, Socarenam and Bureau Mauric offer a family of platforms that are user-friendly, rugged, economical and easy to maintain, with hulls optimised for good seakeeping and low fuel consumption.
In 2014 and 2015, Socarenam delivered two 52m OPVs to Belgium under the country’s Ready Duty Ship (RDS) programme, giving the shipbuilder its first foothold on the international OPV market. The type carries a 9m RHIB on davits and a 7.5m RHIB on its aft launch ramp and is equipped with a Sewaco management system controlling the ship’s sensors and weaponry, including a 12.7mm remotely-operated machine gun. The Belgian Navy uses them to strengthen its presence in the North Sea for fisheries policing, commercial shipping inspections and combatting trafficking and pollution, not to…
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