Spanish shipyard to produce counter-piracy vessels

Among the regular refit and repair of superyachts, one of Spain’s leading shipyards Navantia S.A., has recently announced that they are to build two more Buque de Accion Maritima (BAM) patrol vessels for the Spanish Navy. The projects fall under government plans to maintain activity at Navatia’s Cadiz and Ferrol shipyards.

Navantia has already four vessels of the same kind, some of which have a participated in counter-piracy operations off the coast of the famous piracy hotspot of Somalia.

The ships will be moderately sized with an LOA of between 90 and 95m and a displacement of 2400-2500 tons.

According to the Spanish government the missions of the soon to be built ships will include:

  • Protection and escort of other ships
  • Control of maritime traffic
  • Control and neutralisation of terrorist actions and piracy
  • Operations against drug trafficking and the traffic in persons
  • Maritime rescue and salvage operations
  • Crisis situation support and humanitarian assistance
  • Control of fishing legislation
  • Control of environmental and anti-pollution legislation

This is not the only navy repairs that Navantia is currently carrying out as the shipyard recently delivered an Algerian Navy ship after an 18-month long upgrade. With an increase in smuggling, piracy and illegal migration, the refit of this ship will help the Algerian government maintain a well-trained fleet to provide security through the Strait of Gibraltar. The work was estimated to cost over 75 million euros and involved over 200 personnel at the Navantia shipyard.

For more information, visit Navantia.

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