Nine search and rescue vessels have been ordered for the Turkish Coast Guard to support ongoing migrant rescue operations in the seas around Turkey
Turkish authorities have ordered a new fleet of search and rescue (SAR) vessels to improve coastal safety.
The International Organization for Migration has contracted Damen Shipyard’s facilities in the Antalya Free Zone in Turkey to build nine more SAR vessels.
These 19-m vessels will be built to a SAR 1906 design with finance from the European Union. They will be operated by Turkish Coast Guard Command when delivered from Q3 2020 to Q3 2021.
They will be built to the same specification as six SAR 1906 vessels ordered from Damen in 2016 and delivered in 2017 to the Turkish Coast Guard. Both sets of vessels are, or will, support ongoing migrant rescue operations in the seas around Turkey.
SAR 1906 vessels have an aluminium hull and a composite wheelhouse. Damen adapted its Axe Bow hull technology for these vessels to optimise them for rescue operations. These vessels can achieve a top speed of more than 33 knots and have a range of 300 nautical miles at full load.
Damen developed this design in close co-operation with Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution, technical university TU Delft and maritime design bureau De Vries Lentsch, as a fast, harbour-based, all weather, self-righting rescue boat. The design was further adapted for the Turkish Coast Guard by Turkish design office DzaynGate.