The Nigerian Navy has taken delivery of a new Landing Tank Ship (LST) built by Albwardy Damen in the United Arab Emirates.
SNN kada has an overall length of 100 meters, a width of 16 meters, a maximum draft of 3.85 meters and a depth of eight meters. There is room for 18 crew members and 264 other personnel, including expeditionary troops and capacity for up to 575 cubic meters of roll-on/roll-off cargo and 440 square meters of additional cargo on deck. The vessel’s maximum deadweight is 1,400 tonnes.
Dedicated cargo spaces and elevators are also available for ammunition to reduce the risk of explosions on board. An additional 250 cubic meters of cargo space is reserved for supply stores.
Two Caterpillar 3516 diesel engines that each produce 2,350 kW at 1,800 rpm drive variable-pitch propellers to deliver a maximum speed of 16 knots and a range of 4,000 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 15 knots. The autonomy can also translate into a maximum of 15 days at sea. Two bow thrusters housing fixed-pitch propellers are also installed.
Cargo can be loaded via stern and bow ramps each capable of handling 70 tonnes of Ro-Ro cargo or a crane with a lifting capacity of 25 tonnes. A separate refueling crane can lift up to 1.5 tons.
A cockpit is also available for a utility helicopter or an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Four davits will be used for the deployment and recovery of small landing craft.
Power for the on-board systems comes from three 601 kW Caterpillar C18 generators. A fourth Caterpillar C18 set should be used in an emergency or when grounding.
In addition to deploying troops, equipment and vehicles in support of maritime security operations, Kada can be used to perform Search and Rescue (SAR), Mine Countermeasures (MCM ), humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HADR) and hydrographic surveys. Support.
The LST will be based in Apapa just outside Lagos. Its area of operations will extend from the coastal waters of Nigeria to the Gulf of Guinea.
Design work on kada was produced in compliance with Bureau Veritas class rules.
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|Vessel type:||tank landing ship|
|Classification:||Bureau Veritas +Hull +Mach Ro-Ro cargo, Free navigation +AUT-UMS / Strengthbottom|
|Designate:||Damen Shipyards Group, Netherlands|
|Manufacturer:||Albwardy Damen, UAE|
|Total length:||100 meters|
|Ability:||1,300 cubic meters|
|Main engines:||2 x Caterpillar 3516C, each 2,350 kW at 1,800 rpm|
|Propulsion:||2 x variable pitch propellers|
|Generators:||4 x Caterpillar C18, each 601 kW|
|Lateral thrusters:||2 x fixed pitch propellers|
|Maximum speed:||15 knots|
|Interval:||4,000 nautical miles|
|Other equipment installed:||Ammunition lift|