Fincantieri Launches First Patrol Vessel for Qatar Emiri Navy

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Fincantieri launched the first-in-class Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) ordered by the Qatari Emiri Navy, named “Musherib”, during a cer­e­mo­ny at its Muggiano (La Spezia) ship­yard in Italy on Sept. 18.

The cer­e­mo­ny was attend­ed by Italian Minister of Defence Lorenzo Guerini, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence of Qatar Khalid bin Mohammed Al Attiyah, Chief of Staff of the Qatar Emiri Navy Maj. Gen. Abdulla Hassan Al Suleiti, and Chief of Staff of the Italian Navy, Admiral Giuseppe Cavo Dragone. The cer­e­mo­ny was also attend­ed by the Chairman and CEO of Fincantieri, Giampiero Massolo and Giuseppe Bono.

The launch, held pri­vate­ly and in full com­pli­ance with the cur­rent health reg­u­la­tions, fol­lowed the first steel cut­ting of the vessel “Sumaysimah”, fourth corvette of the same pro­gram.

The “Musherib” OPV vessel, to be deliv­ered in 2022 and whose design is con­sis­tent with the RINAMIL for Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) rules, will be a flex­i­ble type of ship capa­ble of per­form­ing sev­er­al ser­vices, from sur­veil­lance to combat func­tions.

The vessel is about 63 meters long, 9.2 meters wide, with a max­i­mum speed of 30 knots and it will accom­mo­date as many as 38 of crew mem­bers. The propul­sion system has four vari­able pitch pro­pellers, two to star­board and two to the left, each in line with a diesel propul­sion engine.

Furthermore, the vessel will be capa­ble of oper­at­ing a RHIB (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat) through a crane locat­ed at the stern.

The con­tract, worth for Fincantieri nearly 4 bil­lion euros, envisages the supply of seven surface vessels, includ­ing four corvettes, one amphibi­ous vessel (LPD – Landing Platform Dock), and two patrol ves­sels (OPV – Offshore Patrol Vessel) as well as sup­port ser­vices in Qatar for fur­ther 10 years after the deliv­ery of the ves­sels. All the units are entire­ly built in the Group’s Italian ship­yards, ensur­ing con­ti­nu­ity to the activ­i­ties until 2024.

The first Doha-class corvette, Al Zubarah, was launched during a ceremony at Muggiano ship­yard on Feb. 27, 2020.

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