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Turkish coast guards receive first two new SAR boats

Victor Barreira

The Dutch shipbuilder Damen Shipyards Group has delivered initial two SAR 1906 search and rescue (SAR) fast vessels to the Turkish Coast Guard Command (Sahil Güvenlik Komutanlığı). The two vessels – the first to be delivered in what is a six-vessel contract by the United Nations’ International Organization for Migration (IOM) – will be mobilized in refugee and migrant rescue operations in Eagan sea.

The new fleet will provide Turkey with the additional ability to effectively rescue refugees and migrants over the Mediterranean Sea.

The contract between Damen Shipyards Group and the IOM for six vessels was signed in Augustus 2016. Turkish shipbuilder Damen Shipyards Antalya completed construction of vessels with pennant numbers TCSG-901 and TCSG-902 less than 10 months after contract signing.

The SAR 1906 vessel has been designed in cooperation with the Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution (Koninklijke Nederlandse Redding Maatschappij; KNRM), Delft University of Technology of the Netherlands and Dutch company De Vries Lentsch Yacht Designers & Naval Architects.

The 19,30-metre long vessel’s feature Aluminum hull and superstructure built in FRP composite material. The SAR 1906 boat has space to rescue up to 120 people.

Each boat is powered by two Rolls-Royce Power Systems MTU 8V 2000 M84L diesel engines, which are coupled to gearboxes and water propulsion kits.  Other mission equipment includes navigation radars, searchlights, public address systems, communications, electro-optical sensor, life raft, fire extinguishers and air conditioning system.

Image by Damen Shipyards Group

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