Istanbul Shipyard interested in Project Biro

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Turkish company Istanbul Shipyard is seeking to take part in the South African Navy’s Project Biro competition for new offshore and inshore patrol vessels, with its 42 metre long fast patrol craft being best suited to the requirement.

The company has been in touch with South Africa and is going to ask for tender requirements for Project Biro. “We are just at the kickoff,” said Oguz Selek who is in charge of Business Development at Istanbul Shipyard.

A request for information for Biro-category vessels was issued last year and the navy expects to issue a request for quotations before the end of this year. The Navy also has the proposed Project Millennium landing dock ship requirement and Project Hotel requirement for a new hydrographic survey vessel.

Istanbul Shipyard offers a wide variety of vessels, from seismic research and support vessels to submarine rescue ships. For Biro, its most suitable ship is its 42 metre inshore patrol vessel (IPV). The SNR 42 fast patrol craft is designed for patrol and search and rescue duties, with a focus on anti-piracy duties, counter-terrorism and drug trafficking.

The vessel displaces 255 tons and has accommodation is available for 30 people. Its two 2 720 kW diesel engines give a top speed of up to 28 knots and a range of 1 400 nautical miles at 12 knots. Optional armament includes one 25 mm stabilised gun and one missile launching system.

Karademir told defenceWeb that many North African customers have already ordered Istanbul Shipyard vessels and the company is planning to expand into the rest of Africa. Istanbul Shipyard was for the first time present at the Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibition held at Air Force Base Waterkloof outside Pretoria last month.

A number of other shipyards are aiming for Project Biro. DCNS last month brought its Gowind class OPV L’Adroit to Cape Town to demonstrate the type, which would be built by Nautic Africa in Cape Town (local construction is one requirement for this project). Some of the other shipyards competing for Biro include Damen, Lurssen/South African Shipyards, Fincantieri, Austal, Abeking & Rasmussen/Veecraft Marine, ThyssenKrupp marine Systems and Navantia.