March 5, 2019 – Turkey’s Fastest Growing Company and Largest Ship Exporter titles owner, ARES Shipyard has been awarded a huge tender consisting of 105 (one hundred and five) high speed coast guard control boats which has been issued by the Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) for Turkish Ministry of Interior-Coast Guard.
Contractual negotiations between the Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) and ARES Shipyard in relation to the Control Boat Program, which have been continuing for a while, have finally been concluded with the two parties signing the contract on February 18, 2019.
The signing ceremony held at SSB’s headquarters was attended by Prof. Dr. İsmail DEMIR, President of Defence Industries; Mehmet ERSOY, Deputy Minister of Interior; Rear Admiral Ahmet KENDIR, Commander of the Turkish Coast Guard; Alper KOSE, Head of the SSB Department of Naval Platforms; Mert KALAFATOGLU, Deputy Chairman of the Board at ARES Shipyard; and Yonca KOTILOGLU and Ersan KOTILOGLU, Members of the Board at ARES Shipyard.
The project is planned to last for six years and will involve the construction of 105-ARES 35 FPB boats to meet the needs of the Turkish Coast Guard. The boats, the first of which will be commissioned in 2020, will serve in tasks such as combatting irregular migration, search and rescue, anti-human trafficking, and maritime security and safety missions. To be built according to the Turkish Lloyd’s norms and rules on classes, the boats will carry out operations in all coastal areas of Turkey, from Artvin in the Northeast of Black Sea to Hatay in the Southeast of Mediterranean. The boats will be constructed using vacuum infusion technology from carbon-reinforced composites.
The technical characteristics of the ARES 35 FPB are as follows:
· Overall Length: 11 metres
· Width: 3.30 metres
· Draft: 0.85 metres
· Main Propulsion System: 2 x Inboard Diesel Engines and Water Jets
· Maximum Speed: 35+ knots
· Cruising Range: 160 nautical miles
Stating that they have won the project tender by submitting the bid with the best technology and highest added value among five competing companies, Mert KALAFATOGLU, Deputy Chairman of the Board at ARES Shipyard, added that the project also represents the largest volume serial production undertaking in Turkey’s shipbuilding history.