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Paramount Maritime launches new Sentinel ballistic patrol vessel.

| 2021

According to a press release published by Paramount Maritime on November 16, 2021, Paramount Group, was pleased to launch the company's latest 35m Sentinel ballistic patrol vessel in Elliot Basin, located in Cape Town.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 MV Meedoi patrol vessel (Picture source: Paramount Maritime)

Christened the "MV Meedoi", the next-generation vessel is slated to be utilised for contemporary security and patrol operations within the Gulf of Guinea.

Representatives from Paramount Maritime Holdings and Nautic Africa alongside leading suppliers and staff participated during the christening ceremony, held both virtually and on-site in Cape Town.

The newly-designed 35m Sentinel is an aluminium-hulled vessel with an optimal V-bottom hull shape. Sporting a length of 35 metres, a beam of 7.5 metres and a draught of 2 metres, the vessel comfortably hosts up to 6 cabins for both crew and security personnel.

The Sentinel’s 11x6 metre cargo deck can further accommodate 20 tons of cargo or a 20-foot shipping container. A 6.5-metre semi-rigid boat can also be launched via a davit.

The Sentinel’s wheelhouse and main deck accommodation structure are fitted with composite ballistic armour while gun mounts and ballistic shields are fitted to offer robust coverage around the vessel.

Yet despite offering industry-leading wheelhouse protections of STANAG Level II and deckhouse ballistic protections of STANAG Level I, the vessel, powered by three Caterpillar C32 main engines developing 1,193 kW each and three propellers, provides for the 35m Sentinel a top speed of 28 knots and a range at a maximum speed of over 1,150 nautical miles (NM).

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