Following the contract commencement, the project is currently close to the end of design validation, with recent accomplishments of model tests in CDR (Critical Design Review) phase. Serial production has been planned to start in the second quarter of 2020.
One Boat Every One 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 programme. 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 Black Sea to Hatay in the Southeast of Mediterranean.
About ARES 35 FPB
ARES 35 FPB will be manufactured using vacuum infusion technology from carbon-reinforced advanced composites. The outline technical characteristics of the boats are as follows:
Overall Length: 12 metres
Width: 3.75 metres
Draft: 0.80 metres
Main Propulsion System: 2 x Inboard Diesel Engines and Water Jets
Maximum Speed: 35 knots
Range: 160 nautical miles