First international success for OPV50 by KERSHIP


PIRIOU and DCNS, through their jointly-owned company KERSHIP, won the contract to supply to the Gabonese Navy of an offshore patrol vessel, OPV50, from the KERSHIP range.

M. Ernest MPHOUHO EPIGAT, defence minister for the Gabonese Republic, and M. Pascal PIRIOU, chairman and CEO of PIRIOU, signed October 30th in the presence of M. Jean-Yves LE DRIAN, France’s defence minister, a contract to supply two offshore patrol vessels to the Gabonese Navy. among them one is an OPV 50 from the KERSHIP range.

PIRIOU is to deliver in mid-2016 a 58m offshore patrol vessel (OPV50) from the KERSHIP range, the latter being the principal contractor and CHANTIERS PIRIOU undertaking construction. KERSHIP is the jointly-owned company founded in 2013 by PIRIOU (55%) and DCNS (45%). The contract also includes initial crew training, supplied by DCI/NAVFCO. Moreover, PIRIOU is to deliver in mid-2015, through subsidiary PIRIOU NAVAL SERVICES, a modern 54m patrol vessel of the P400 class.


OPV50: a 58-metre offshore patrol vessel by KERSHIP

Offshore patrol vessel OPV50 is a versatile 58-metre ship developed by KERSHIP to undertake various missions related to State Action at Sea. Her major innovations and features include:

  • very versatile design that facilitates reorganization to suit the mission
  • large bridge with 360° view
  • rapid deployment/retrieval ramp for 2 launches (7 m RHIBs)
  • range of 5,000 nautical miles and excellent sea-keeping qualities

OPV50 : general characteristics

Length overall 58.20 m
Beam 9.50 m
Draught 2.70 m
Speed 21 kn
Range 5,000 NM at 12 kn
Hull/superstructure steel/aluminium
Accommodation capacity 36 pers., of which 28 pers.(crew), of which 8 special personnels
Weaponry: 1 x 20 mm gun on the fore-deck, 2 x 12.7 mm machine guns

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