Damen Shipyards delivers two SAR 1906 vessels to Turkish Coast Guard

Damen Shipyards Group has delivered two SAR 1906 vessels to the Turkish Coast Guard, as part of an agreement signed between the European Union and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The two vessels will be used for refugee and migrant rescue operations.

These vessels are the first to be delivered under a six-vessel contract.

The deal between Damen and the IOM for the six vessels was finalised last year.

The contract stipulated a delivery time of 12 months for the first vessel, but due to critical refugee situation, Damen Shipyards Antalya in Turkey has finished building the first two vessels in less than 10 months after the signing of the deal.

Damen sales manager for 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.”

Building of the remaining four vessels is underway and deliveries are slated later this year.

At the handover ceremony in Antalya, Turkey, the EU delegation in Turkey head and Ambassador Christian Berger said: “The strenuous efforts by the Turkish Coast Guard have been crucial in saving human lives in the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean.

“The EU is proud to be able to contribute to the efforts of the Turkish Coast Guard through these first two state-of-the-art search and rescue vessels delivered.”

The SAR 1906 vessel has been designed in cooperation with the Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution (KNRM), Delft University of Technology, and De Vries Lentsch Naval Architects.

Fabricated with an aluminium hull and a composite wheelhouse, the vessel can achieve speeds of up to 33 knots due to its light weight.

The 19m-long vessel can accommodate up to 120 survivors. As its hull has been adapted from Damen’s Axe Bow technology, the vessel can operate in all weathers and sea conditions.

In case of a capsize situation, the vessel can right itself.  Further, its engines and on-board equipment can operate even after it has capsized.


Image: Damen's Search And Rescue (SAR) 1906 vessel. Photo: courtesy of Damen Shipyards Group.