Damen delivers Turkish Coast Guard vessels
Damen Shipyards Group has delivered two SAR 1906 vessels to the Turkish Coast Guard for refugee and migrant rescue operations 10 months earlier than expected.
Part of a six-boat contract between Damen and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the vessels were due to be delivered at the end of August, but in response to demand for refugee-related operations Damen Shipyards Antalya in Turkey completed construction of the first two vessels nearly two months early.
Damen sales manager for the Middle East, Boran Bekbulat, said: “Considering the importance of the work of the Turkish Coast Guard and the urgency of the situation in the region, the team here at our yard in Turkey are proud to have completed these first two vessels within this short space of time.”
The 19m long SAR 1906 vessels have space to rescue up to 120 survivors and can right themselves after capsizing. The engines and on-board equipment have been designed to continue operating in the event of this happening.
The vessels feature an aluminium hull adapted from Damen’s Axe Bow technology and a composite wheelhouse, enabling them to reach speeds of up to 33 knots with efficient fuel consumption.
Construction of the remaining four vessels is ongoing, with deliveries scheduled later this year.
They were designed in cooperation with the Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution (KNRM), Delft University of Technology, and De Vries Lentsch Naval Architects.
By Rebecca Jeffrey
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