The Dutch shipyard has been contracted to deliver three military logistics ships to the Senegalese navy, even though two rival Turkish firms were favourites for the business. These ships could help improve the army's deployments in the insurgent province of Casamance.
The Turkish yard is at an advanced stage in talks with the government on a contract to supply a 100 m long logistics vessel to the navy. A major opportunity for the Turkish defence industry which is determined to win greater market share in West Africa.
Israel Shipyards has started sea trials of a third Shaldag MK II patrol craft to be sent to the Senegalese navy midway through this year. Dakar is making headway in its ambitious programme to strengthen its maritime surveillance capacities.