Meyer Turku to Build Two Patrol Vessels for Finnish Border Guard

In the tender organized in 2021, the Finnish Border Guard Service selected Meyer Turku Oy as the supplier. The parties signed the shipbuilding contract in Helsinki today, June 29, 2022. The basic design of the new ships will begin immediately. The first ship will be completed in 2025 and the second ship in 2026. The ships are assembled and equipped in Finland. Some of the ships’ hulls are manufactured elsewhere in the EU.

“We are proud of the trust shown by the Border Guard in Meyer Turku and the Finnish shipbuilding industry. We are strongly recovering from the crisis caused by the corona pandemic and the war in Ukraine, and we are showing that we can also serve the border guard with our state-of-the-art products”, comments Tapani Pulli, Deputy CEO of Meyer Turku, on the order.

The introduction of new high-performance ships significantly improves Finland’s maritime security in our country’s fundamentally changed security environment. The monitoring and influencing ability of ships is developed taking into account the requirements of the changed situation. The exchange of situational information with the Defense Forces is seamless. The ability of people to mass evacuate is increasing. The readiness to manage serious environmental accidents is immediate on all ships, and the collection capacity will approximately double from the current level. The ships are designed to be low-emission and energy-efficient. The engine solution is a modern dual-fuel hybrid.

Parliament has allocated 448 million for the purchase of ships. euro order authorization. Funding for the acquisition will also be applied for from the EU’s border security and visa policy funding instrument.

Since 2019, the Border Guard has been running the Guard Ship 2025 project. The goal is to replace three obsolete patrol ships with two Turva-class patrol ships. The new ships will be in use until the 2050s.

Meyer Turku photo

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