Damen upgrades FCS production capacityYard News // March 5, 2015
Following the takeover in 2013 of Cyrus, the shipyard in Antalya, Turkey that was previously managed by Vitters, Damen Shipyards Antalya has refurbished a second shed for the production of the successful Damen Fast Crew Supplier 5009 design.
Since it reopened as a Damen shipyard, the Antalya facility has continued as 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 Damen Antalya builds the FCS 1605, Stan Patrol 2205 and Interceptor 1102 models, and the Damen Water Bus.
Now the yard has opened a second, 12,000m≤ facility - Antalya II - dedicated to the construction of Damenís best-selling 50-metre FCS 5009.
The hulls and superstructures are built in steel and aluminium by a nearby subcontractor, and the fitting out takes place in Antalya II. Four 5009s are now under construction and the facility will produce 6-8 finished vessels a year when fully operational.
Antalya I is also undergoing an upgrade in 2015, with 90 per cent of the composite work moving to the vacuum infusion process. The final 10 per cent, representing the most complex structures, will continue to be built using hand lamination techniques.