PIRIOU registers an order for a Maritime Training Ship (MTS) to be operated by navOcéan, a joint company created by PIRIOU and DCI. This 44-meter ship will be delivered in autumn 2013 and will be named «Almak» («desert lynx») as a star of the constellation of Andromeda.
Construction will be ensured by CHANTIERS PIRIOU, the naval construction branch based in Concarneau (29), and its maintenance by PIRIOU NAVAL SERVICES within the scope of a 10-year In-Service Support (ISS) contract.
A multi-purpose training ship: close collaboration has allowed PIRIOU and DCI to design a new generation maritime training ship prototype, that is sturdy with high maneuevring capabilities, economical in terms of investment and operating costs.
This training ship would be able to embark 7 crew members, 2 passengers and 16 trainees and instructors. A spacious Bridge will offer 360° vision; navigation equipment, notably radar and synthetic cartography, will be equipped with repeaters in the training room; the ship’s draft will be optimized for the apprenticeship of navigation and manoeuvres in coastal areas. Its endurance will allow one-week transits at 10 knots without port of call.
The ship will spend 35 to 40 weeks per year at sea.
Source: PIRIOU, September 14, 2012