French shipbuilder Piriou announced it has opened a new naval yard in Senegal, continuing its expansion in Africa.
The French company said it partnered with Senegalese maritime company Ngom et Freres in establishing the new entity called ‘Piriou Ngom Senegal’.
Piriou said the new company will offer services for naval repair and building, especially in the fields of fishing, service vessels and defense.
Piriou’s Senegal yard follows the establishment of a naval shipyard in Nigeria in 2004, then in Vietnam in 2006 and in Algeria in 2013.
“There have been vessels from PIRIOU in West Africa since 1979 and we have always considered this country to be very promising. In the light of our successful experiences in Nigeria and Algeria, our implantation in Senegal has become obvious if we consider its diversified potential,” Pascal Piriou, president of the Piriou Group said. “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.
“As in Nigeria where we have 200 employees, we’ll rely on Senegalese staff and subcontractors. We are setting up in Dakar very humbly but with great confidence thanks to our partner Ngom et Freres with whom we share the same values: efficiency and neighbourhood.”
“We believe PIRIOU NGOM SENEGAL will meet the challenge of the Senegalese maritime-oriented strategies, as they are described in the Plan for an Emerging Senegal (PES) of the president of the Republic of Senegal-his excellency Macky Sall,” Ababacar NGOM, Ngom Freres CEO added.