By Victor BarreiraBritish engines specialist Rolls-Royce Power Systems (RRPS) will supply MTU 8V 2000 M84Ldiesel engines for six SAR 1906 surface vessels configured for search and rescue (SAR) role to be built by Turkish privately-run shipbuilder Damen Shipyards Antalya (DSA) for Turkish Coast Guard Command, the Türk Sahil Güvenlik Komutanlığı. The ship’s propulsion suite also includes two gearboxes by ZF Friedrichshafen and two propellers from HamiltonJet.
The Dutch shipbuilder Damen Shipyards Group was been awarded a contract by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to design and build the fleet on October 2016. The European Union (EU) is providing financial support for the project. The first delivery is expected in May 2017 and the remainder by the end of the year. DSA is located at Antalya Free Trade Zone.
The boats will support ongoing operations to rescue migrants and refugees from crisis areas along the Turkish coast.
The all-weather and self-righting vessel design with an aluminium hull and a fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composite wheelhouse is designed and equipped to operate as lifeboats. Each is fitted out with two 8V 2000 M84L diesels and associated propulsion components, fire extinguishers, life raft for six, stretcher transport systems, long-range searchlights and communications and navigation equipment, among other standard mission equipment.
It measure 19.30 m in length and 6.55m in beam, offer top speed of 33 knots, 300 m range at full speed, and can carry up to 120 survivors for a crew of four.
Diesel engines of the company’s German operation MTU Friedrichshafen already equip several in-service ships of Turkish Coast Guard Command and Turkish Naval Forces Command.