Damen increases capacity in Turkey
Damen Shipyards Antalya in Turkey has added new dedicated capacity to build the popular Fast Crew Supplier 5009 at the yard – a dedicated 12,000m² facility called Antalya II.
The hulls and superstructures are built in steel and aluminium by a nearby subcontractor and the fitting out now takes place at Antalya II. Four 5009s are currently under construction and the facility will produce between six and eight finished vessels a year when fully operational.
Auke van de Zee, managing director, Damen Shipyards Antalya, said: “Damen Shipyards Turkey is the group’s only facility on the Mediterranean and we are fortunate in having an experienced and highly skilled production team capable of delivering top quality vessels.”
The yard currently employs around 125 staff with another 60 working offsite on the 5009 hulls and superstructures, but this will grow as Antalya II reaches its full capacity.
The original Antalya I is also undergoing an upgrade in 2015, with 90% of the composite work moving to the vacuum infusion process. The final 10%, representing the most complex structures, will continue to be built using hand lamination techniques. This change is already delivering a more efficient production process and cost and time savings.
Since it reopened as a Damen shipyard in 2013, the Antalya facility has continued to become a specialist in composite ship building, successfully making the transition from custom yacht building to the serial construction of high speed workboats up to 40m in length.
Today the yard builds the FCS 1605, Stan Patrol 2205 and Interceptor 1102 models, along with the Damen Water Bus.
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