4 Kasım 2016 Cuma
Six Search and Rescue boats from Damen Shipyards Antalya
Damen SAR 1906 boats to be built in Turkey
Damen has signed a contract with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Ankara, Turkey for the supply of six, state-of-the-art Search and Rescue (SAR) vessels for delivery in 2017. The boats are being financed by the European Union and will be operated by the Turkish Coastguard (TURCG), to support the refugees and migrants rescue operations.
The award-winning Damen SAR 1906 is a state-of-the-art SAR craft and is the result of a five-year R&D program initiated by Damen in partnership with the Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution (KNRM), Delft University of Technology and De Vries Lentsch Naval Architects. The SAR 1906 is an all-weather, self-righting vessel with an aluminum hull and a composite wheelhouse. The hull design is based on Damen’s Axe Bow technology, adapted for the specific operations of rescue boats. It has a top speed of 33+ knots.
The vessels will be deployed by Turkish Coast Guard along Turkey’s coastline, giving assistance to refugees and migrants fleeing nearby conflict zones. Although relatively compact, the 19-metre SAR 1906 can carry up to 120 survivors.
The delivery schedule calls for the first vessel to be delivered within 12 months of the contract signing, however DSA plans to beat that by delivering the first in May next year and the second the following month. All six will be commissioned by the year-end.