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Southampton firm of naval architects designs boats for Bahrain coastguard
HAMPSHIRE firm BMT has designed six new patrol boats for the Bahrain coastguard, it has been revealed.
The firm's Nigel Gee worked with Ares Shipyard in Turkey to produce an initial batch of six 18-metre vessels capable of travelling at more than 35 knots.
The contract has an option for a further six boats.
BMT’s team of naval architects worked with their Turkish counterparts to produce detailed designs including hull form composition, structural design and machinery layout.
BMT Nigel Gee’s managing director John Bonafoux said: “We are pleased to be supporting Ares Shipyard with the design of this high performance patrol boat which yet again demonstrates our expertise in specialist vessel design. “We have worked with Ares on a number of recent projects and given the growth in the market for such specialist types of vessels, we hope to develop this relationship further.”
Kerim Kalafatoglu, managing director of Ares Shipyard on Turkey’s south coast, added: “Developing a vessel that far exceeds the customer’s expectations in both looks and more importantly, performance, could only be made possible through the harmonious partnership between BMT and Ares Shipyard.” Construction and fitting out of the boats is well under way with the first due to be launched in mid-October. Sea trials of the first boat will start shortly after launch.
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