French shipbuilding company Piriou Group has established a new Naval shipyard in Senegal, West Africa, to support its international development plans.

Piriou is a shipbuilding, repair, naval engineering and services provider that was originally established in 1965.

The company specialises in the manufacture of naval vessels up to 120m in length.

Piriou has also recently collaborated with Senegal-based firm Ngom & Freres and jointly set up a new company known as Piriou Ngom Senegal.

The new company forms part of Piriou Group’s wider strategy to establish a closer connection to its customers and will offer services for naval repair and building, particularly in the arenas of fishing, service vessels and defence.

"In the light of our successful experiences in Nigeria and Algeria, our implantation in Senegal has become obvious if we consider its diversified potential."

Piriou Group president Pascal Piriou said: “In the light of our successful experiences in Nigeria and Algeria, our implantation in Senegal has become obvious if we consider its diversified potential.

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“If we add services vessels and vessels of the Senegalese Navy to the fishing fleet, including the pirogue fleet, there is a true potential for local development.”

Piriou previously signed a public-private partnership with state shipyard Ecorep to collaborate on the development of a shipyard named Ecorep-Piriou on 16 December 2013.

The joint venture (JV) was established with the intention of constructing and repairing fishing and in-service support vessels on the Bouharoun site, which is located 40km west of Algiers, the capital city of Algeria.

In addition, Piriou also established a naval shipyard in Nigeria in 2004 and a further facility in Vietnam in 2006.

The second unit of the French Navy’s four offshore support and assistance multipurpose vessels (BSAH) was launched in Concarneau, north-western France.

Piriou, Naval Group (formerly DCNS) and Kership were awarded a contract to provide the navy with the new BSAH ships in September 2015.

The 70m-long ship is named BSAH Rhone and possesses a full load displacement capacity of 2,600t.

It is able to accommodate a crew of 17 members, as well as 12 additional personnel.