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Ocea delivers all-aluminium OPV

Join us for a guided tour of the Fouladou, the first offshore patrol vessel by Ocea; also the largest aluminium OPV built in Europe and the Senegalese Navy’s new flagship.

OPV Fouladou was delivered to Dakar, its homeport, in November. This state-of-the-art vessel has a length overall of 58 metres, a beam of 9.4m and was built at Ocea’s shipyard at Sables d’Olonne on France’s Atlantic coast.

 

Allais, from crewboats to new horizons

Long a crewboat specialist, Chantiers Allais, now part of the Efinor group, is shifting its focus to boats for the defence and security sectors.

A few weeks ago Cherbourg-based boatbuilder Chantiers Allais was taken over by Normandy-based diversified engineering group Efinor. A statement soon followed announcing that Allais planned to shift its focus to boats for the defence and security sectors, beginning with a family of aluminium-hulled interceptors and patrol boats ranging from 15 to 35 metres in length.

New Bénéteau racing monohull with foils

The new Figaro Bénéteau 3 made a big impression at the Nautic boatshow in Paris in December. As promised, it features foils, a bowsprit, a carbon mast, two rudders and a conventional rather than a canting keel.

The mockup of the new Figaro Bénéteau 3 presented at the Nautic boatshow in Paris on Saturday 3 December attracted a big crowd. The new ‘one-design’ — a yacht built to a standard design for one-design racing, in this case the Solitaire Urgo Le Figaro event — was on display, after what many felt was a long wait.