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ARES Shipyard’s Swelling Wave of Success with Diversified Export Programs

With unprecedented growth, Turkey’s illustrious shipbuilder reaps the rewards of export programs that provide tailor-made products. Tempered with cautious optimism and well-deserved satisfaction and national pride, Mr. Kerim Kalafatoğlu - Chairman & Executive Director Of ARES Shipyard discusses the company’s high tide of export success and plans for future growth

Issue 80

Defence Turkey: Mr. Kerim Kalafatoğlu, first of all thank very much for your time. During the DIMDEX fair in Doha-Qatar in 2014, you signed a contract with the Qatar Ministry of Interior for the supply of a total of 17 Multi-Role Patrol Craft in 3 different configurations and lengths, and you accomplished the early delivery of 13 boats. In December 2017, the handover ceremony was held for the ARES 150 HERCULES (QC901) Offshore Patrol Vessel which is 48 meters in length and the ARES 110 HERCULES (QC812) Fast Patrol Boat which is 34 meters in length, with the participation of officials from the Qatar Coast Guard Command and the Ministry of Interior in Antalya. You have strong competitors; could you please evaluate the tender process in which you are involved? Also, please discuss the preliminary preparation and mass production processes that lead you to success in delivery?