Angola announces national maritime surveillance system

6 March 2015

Angola will set up a national maritime surveillance system, which will involve boosting the country’s Navy both technically and through human resources, the government said in a statement released Thursday in Luanda.

Called the National System of Maritime Surveillance and Security of the Angola Exclusive Economic Zone, the plan falls under the “Proatlântico Project,” which “aims to raise the technical and human skills” of the Navy.

Last September the government of Angola ordered the construction of seven patrol boats from Brazil, under a Technical Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two governments at that time.

At issue is the implementation of the Angolan Naval Power Development Programme (Pronaval), which will have the support of the naval project management company EMGEPRON, which is part of the Brazilian Navy.

The seven patrol vessels, each 55.6 metres in length, have a capacity of 500 tons and maximum speed of 21 knots.

According to the agreement between the two governments, four of the ships will be built in Brazil (Rio de Janeiro) and the remaining three in an Angolan shipyard to be set up in Kwanza Sul province, 200 kilometres south of Luanda. (macauhub/AO/BR)