Damen has signed a contract with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Ankara, Turkey, for the supply of six 63.30’x21.48’x6.26′ Search and Rescue (SAR) vessels for delivery in 2017. The boats, which have a draft of 3.61′, are being financed by the European Union and will be operated by the Turkish Coastguard (TURCG), to support refugees and migrants rescue operations.
The Damen SAR 1906 is a state-of-the-art SAR craft and is the result of a five-year research and development 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 aluminium 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 boats will be powered by pairs of MTU 8V2000 M84L diesel engines, producing a total of 2,400 hp at 2,450 rpm. The mains will connect to twin HamiltonJet 571 waterjets through ZF 2000 marine gears. The vessels will have a bollard pull of 7 tons. In the wheelhouse will be a Raymarine electronics suite featuring C120 series radar, GPS, chart plotter and echo sounder......
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