Ukraine inks contract with OCEA to build fast patrol boats

патрульний катер Ocea FPB 98

The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine and OCEA (France) have inked a contract for the manufacture of 20 patrol boats under the Framework Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of the French Republic on official support for strengthening maritime security and defense of Ukraine.

This was reported by Navy Recognition.

The ceremony was attended by the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov. At the ceremony, it was announced that the first boat should be delivered to the State Border Guard Service in 2021 (it is unclear whether it is French or Mykolaiv's), and in general, the program for building five boats at the Nibulon plant is designed for three years.

As a reminder, the framework intergovernmental agreement on the supply of 20 OCEA FPB 98 Mk I patrol boats to the State Border Guard Service (including the construction of five of them with French assistance in Ukraine) was signed by the Ministers of Internal Affairs of Ukraine and France in Paris on November 19, 2019, the Agreement was ratified by the Verkhovna Rada Ukraine March 4, 2020.

The contract value is € 136.5 million. It includes «partial financing from loans from both commercial banks and from the Treasury loan of the Ministry of Finance of France. The loan is provided by the state of France. Ukraine will 15% from the budget, while the remaining 85% will be provided by the loan,» the Minister of Internal Affairs explained.