The Nibulon company will build five maritime security cutters for Ukraine’s State Border Service.

According to the State Border Service, this was announced by Ukraine’s Minister of Interior Affairs Arsen Avakov, the CFTS portal reports.

According to Avakov, this decision was made within the context of an agreement with the French-based OCEA group.

"The contract between Ukraine’s State Border Service and the French company OCEA explicitly provides for manufacture of five vessels out of 20 at the Ukrainian company. Based on the current analysis, our French partners opted for the Nibulon company, which is located in Mykolaiv. I hope that production will begin this year. After implementation of this project, Ukraine will acquire the relevant technologies and it will be able to produce vessels from marine-grade aluminum on the mainland. Localization of production is a key requirement under this contract," Avakov said.

According to him, the State Border Service did not have a very large selection of enterprises at which localization of this order was possible because the only plant with a positive experience of working with marine-grade aluminum, the More shipyard (Feodosia), is located in the Russian-annexed Crimea.

As reported previously, the Ukrainian State Border Service’s fleet of vessels is to be replenished with 20 32-meter OCEA patrol boats. According to the terms of the agreement, additional equipment for the boats will be Ukrainian-made. This contract was signed in November last year.