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ARES on Course to Break yet Another Record in Shipbuilding History

Issue 98

Turkey’s record holding shipyard ARES, is running for another one: The Largest Serial Production in Shipbuilding with the 122 fast patrol boats program for the Turkish Ministry of Interior-Coast Guard. 

The project is currently close to the end of design validation, with recent accomplishments of model tests in the CDR (Critical Design Review) phase. Serial production is scheduled to start in the second quarter of 2020. 

One Boat Every Week… 

Utku ALANC, CEO of ARES Shipyard stated that “The project represents the largest volume serial production in Turkey’s shipbuilding history, and it will certainly put a significant record in the world’s shipbuilding archives as well. The project is planned to last for five years and it will involve construction and delivery of 122 ARES 35 FPB boats to meet the needs of the Turkish Coast Guard. On the other hand, the contract allows for additional vessels which may end up with even twice as much. We will deliver six boats every two months based on our production program. Thus, one boat will be made ready to launch in only one week… This is something only ARES can achieve!” 

ARES 35 FPB, the first of which will be commissioned in 2020, will serve in tasks such as combatting irregular immigration, search and rescue, anti-human trafficking and maritime security missions. To be built according to the Turkish Lloyd’s norms and rules, the boats will carry out operations in all coastal areas of Turkey, from Artvin in the Northeast of the Black Sea and to Hatay in the Southeast Mediterranean. 

About ARES 35 FPB 

ARES 35 FPB will be manufactured using vacuum infusion technology from carbon-reinforced advanced composites. The outlined technical characteristics of the boats are as follows: 

Overall Length: 12 meters 

Width: 3.75 meters 

Draft: 0.80 meters 

Main Propulsion System: 2 x Inboard Diesel Engines and Water Jets 

Maximum Speed: 35 knots 

Range: 160 nautical miles