ARES Shipyard to Build 105 Boats for the Coast Guard

25 Mart 2019

Contractual negotiations between the Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) and ARES Shipyard in relation to the Control Boat Project, which have been continuing for a while, have finally been concluded with the two parties signing the project contract on February 18.

The signing ceremony held at SSB’s headquarters was attended by Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, President of Defence Industries; Mehmet Ersoy, Deputy Minister of Interior; Rear Admiral Lower Half Ahmet Kendir, Commander of the Turkish Coast Guard; Alper Köse, Head of the SSB Department of Naval Platforms; Mert Kalafatoğlu, Deputy Chairman of the Board at ARES Shipyard; and Yonca Kotiloğlu and Ersan Kotiloğlu, Members of the Board at ARES Shipyard.

The project is planned to last for six years and will involve the construction of 105 ARES 35 FPB boats to meet the needs of the Turkish Coast Guard. The boats, the first of which will be commissioned in 2020, will serve in tasks such as combatting irregular migration, search and rescue, combatting trafficking, and maritime security and safety missions. To be built according to the Turkish Lloyd’s rules on classes, the boats will carry out operations in all coastal areas of Turkey, from Artvin in the Northeast to Hatay in the South. The boats will be constructed using vacuum infusion technology from carbon-reinforced composites.


The technical characteristics of the ARES 35 FPB are listed as follows:

  • Overall Length: 10.80 metres
  • Width: 3.30 metres
  • Draft: 0.83 metres
  • Displacement: 11.85 tons
  • Maximum Speed: 35 knots
  • Cruising Range: 160 nautical miles

Stating that they have won the project tender by submitting the bid with the best technology and highest added value among five competing companies, Mert Kalafatoğlu, Deputy Chairman of the Board at ARES Shipyard, added that the project also represents the largest volume serial production undertaking in Turkey’s shipbuilding history.

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