The first three HSI 32 interceptor vessels ordered by Mozambique from a shipyard in France should reach the port of Pemba, in the north of the country, ton 1 February, defenceWeb reported.
The South African defence news website also reported that the three vessels built by Constructions Mecaniques de Normandie (CMN), a company based in Cherbourg, northern France, were placed on board Dutch cargo ship Deltagracht on 9 January.
In September 2013 the Mozambican government signed a contract with CMN worth 200 million euros for the construction of three Ocean Eagle 43s, three interceptors HSI 32 and 24 fishing vessels, which launched the fleet of tuna company Empresa Moçambicana de Atum (Ematum).
The first HSI 32 were launched in March 2015. Under the contract CMN trained 34 Mozambican seamen to crew the ships.
DefenceWeb also reported that the Mozambican government had commissioned a further three HSI 32 interceptors from the same shipyard in January 2015.
These vessels are 32.2 metres long and 6.4 metres wide, have a crew of 12 people, a top speed of 43 knots and a range of three days or 800 nautical miles.
The three Ocean Eagle patrol vessels will be delivered to Mozambique in April and training of their crews is due to start soon in France. (macauhub/MZ)