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GE Marine Turbine to Power Turkish Navy Corvette

GE Marine will supply MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH, Friedrichshafen, Germany, with one LM2500 gas turbine. MTU will incorporate the LM2500 into a COmbined Diesel And Gas turbine (CODAG) configuration to power the Turkish Navy’s new MILGEM multi-purpose corvette. The new MILGEM corvette will have an overall length of 99 meters with a displacement of 2,000 tons. The corvette’s CODAG system will feature one LM2500 gas turbine and two MTU diesel engines for total propulsion power of 30,000 kilowatts. Maximum ship speed will be 29 knots. The gas turbine will be manufactured at GE’s Evendale, Ohio facility, and will be delivered to MTU Friedrichshafen in late 2007 for integration into the CODAG propulsion system. Construction of the first MILGEM class corvette is currently in progress at the Turkish Naval Forces Istanbul Naval Shipyard; operation is scheduled in 2011.

Turkish Navy Tug Accident Kills 10

Reuters reported that Turkish navy tugboat, TCG Degirmendere, capsized Monday while docked for repairs at Aegean coast Izmir Shipyard, resulting in the death of eight military personnel and two civilian workers. Seventeen other military personnel were reported injured. After completing maintenance, the tug was being lowered into the sea when it suddenly listed to one side, taking on water, the report said. Source:

Turkish Gov't Supports SMM Istanbul

The first SMM Istanbul is to be held at the centrally located L¸tfi Kirdar Convention & Exhibition Centre (ICEC) on the European side of Istanbul, from 21 to 23 January 2009. Funding is provided by the Turkish Development Centre for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (KOSGEB), which is supervised by the Turkish Economics Ministry, to all exhibitors that have a production facility in Turkey. KOSGEB funding goes not only to the 75 or so Turkish companies among the 150 exhibitors

Bahrain Meeting on Counterpiracy


Naval leaders and shipping industry experts from 21 nations arrived at the Royal Bahrain Naval Base July 7 for a series of counterpiracy meetings. Royal Bahrain Navy Brig. Gen. Abdulla Saeed Al Mansoori hosted the meeting. Known as the SHared Awareness and DEconfliction (SHADE) meetings, sponsored by the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) and European Union (EU), these gatherings provide a working-level opportunity for navies and organizations to come together to share information and

Six New Subs for Turkey

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    On July 2, 2009, a contract was signed in Ankara by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft GmbH (HDW), a company of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems AG (TKMS), and MarineForce International LLP (MFI) for the construction of six submarines within the Turkish “New Type Submarine” program. The contract comprises the delivery of six material packages for the construction of submarines based on Class 214. The contract was concluded between the HDW/MFI Consortium and the Turkish

Turkish Shipbuilding Sees Upward Trend

According to The New Anatolian there are over 60 shipyards in Turkey at the moment and this number will reach 125 by the year 2008, the Turkish Shipbuilders' Association (GISBIR). The Turkish shipbuilding industry has been going on an upward trend in recent years and it will continue until 2015. He said Turkey is ranked the fifth in terms of orders behind South Korea, China, Japan and Germany, noting that Turkey will soon outsell Germany which focuses on high-tech ships such as warships

Turkish Naval Forces to Stay in Gulf of Aden

Replenishment at Sea - Gulf of Aden (Courtesy: Turkish Naval Forces)

 Turkish parliament’s approval to extend the mandate of Turkish Naval Forces in NATO's operation in the Gulf of Aden for one more year is strategically important, says a report in the Journal of Turkish Weekly.   The region is critical for Turkey's foreign trade activities.   NATO's international anti-piracy mission, Operation Ocean Shield (OOS), was first approved in 2009. OOS aims to counter piracy in the Gulf of Aden and off the Somali coast while increasing the

This Day in Naval History - March 22

  1820 - Commodore Stephen Decatur dies after a duel with Capt. James Barron. 1915 - "Naval aviator" replaces "Navy air pilot" for officers qualified as aviators. 1929 - Navy ships protect Americans and their property during a Mexican revolution. 1946 - USS Missouri (BB 63) departs the

Turkey Completes Ay-class Submarines Upgrade

AY Class Submarine. Photo by STM Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret A.Ş

 Turkey has completed upgrades on two Ay-class submarines, contractor STM, an Ankara-based defense technologies company, said.   The modernization project comprising renewal of Electronic Support, Attack and Search Periscopes and Inertial Navigation Systems has been carried out by STM as the main contractor and applied successfully on TCG DOĞANAY (S-351) and TCG DOLUNAY (S-352), AY- Class submarines.  

Russia – Turkey Gas Pipeline Approved


  Ankara hosted today a working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee and Taner Yildiz, Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources. The parties discussed the main issues of constructing a new gas pipeline across the Black Sea towards Turkey. The meeting considered the preliminary feasibility study on the new gas pipeline and approved its new route. The four strings will have an aggregate capacity of 63 billion cubic meters a year

Stiff Competition for Cosco Pacific in Mediterranean

Photo: COSCO Pacific Ltd

 Although Cosco Pacific, the Hong Kong-listed subsidiary of China’s biggest shipping company China Cosc,  is expanding in the Mediterranean area after taking part in the acquisition of port in neighbouring Turkey, it faces stiff competition, reports SCMP.  

Turkey Launches Amphibious Ship

Image Credit: AA Photo

Turkey launched the 140-meter amphibious ship "Bayraktar," the first of two vessels that are part of a domestic Landing Ship, Tank (LST) project, reports Local media.   The two ships boast local design and construction and are aimed at meeting the operational requirements of the

EBRD buys into Turkish Port Operator

Photo credit: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

 The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has acquired stake in Turkish cruise port operator Global Ports Holding (GPH), one of the world’s largest port operating companies.   In a statement, the bank said the minor stake would be used to finance GPH's

Migrants Brave Deadly Dinghies

Migrants in Dinghies

  It is nighttime on a beach near the resort town of Bodrum and a group of migrants look out nervously at two ships on the horizon, wondering if they can slip past the Turkish coastguard and cross the Aegean Sea into a new life in Europe.

Twenty-two Migrants Dead in Aegean Sea Capsizing

Twenty-two migrants drowned and 200 more were rescued when a boat capsized in the Aegean Sea off the Turkish coast while trying to reach the Greek island of Kos on Tuesday, the Turkish coastguard said. A total of 211 immigrants were rescued from the boat while divers recovered the bodies of 22

Greeks Despair over Drowned Refugees

 * Thirty-four drown, including 15 children  * Coastguard rescues 1,429 migrants in three days  * Figures show Greece is main refugee gateway to Europe   Greek divers trawled the Aegean Sea on Monday for survivors of the country's worst maritime accident involving refugees

Svitzer Orders Six ASD Tugs from Sanmar

Photo courtesy of Svitzer

Press release - Svitzer has awarded a contract for six Robert Allan Ltd. designed RAstar 2800 Class ASD tugs to the Turkish Shipbuilder Sanmar, operators of two custom-built, modern shipyards located in Tuzla and Altinova, Turkey. Robert Allan Ltd

Turkey Detains 4 in Connection with Capsized Migrant Boat

Turkish police have detained four Syrians suspected of involvement in organising the passage of a boat which capsized, drowning 12 people including a toddler, as they travelled from Turkey to a Greek island, Dogan news agency said on Thursday.

Twelve Syrians Drown Trying to Reach Greece

At least 12 people believed to be Syrian refugees drowned as two boats sank after leaving southwest Turkey for the Greek island of Kos on Wednesday, a senior Turkish naval official said. The two boats, carrying a total of 23 people, had set off separately from the Akyarlar area of the Bodrum

Greek Coast Guard Seizes Weapons Ship Bound for Libya

Greek authorities have seized a freighter carrying an undeclared shipment of weapons en route from Turkey to Libya, coast guard officials said on Wednesday. A coast guard patrol boat raided the vessel on Tuesday, 20 nautical miles northeast of Crete

First 'Halal Cruise' to Sail from Turkey

Image: Fusion Tour

To tap devout Islamic believers, Turkey will launch its first Muslims-friendly 100 percent halal cruise on the Aegean Sea next month for religiously observant travelers in the country.    The country’s fist halal cruise was announced by the Antalya-based Fusion Tour company as a

Alia Launched the 41m Superyacht Rüya

Ruya. Photo by Alia Yachts

 Turkish shipyard Alia Yachts has launched the 41.29 metre full-displacement motor yacht Rüya. She is a tri-deck sub-500 gross tonne motoryacht that was built in all-composite to Lloyds Register standards and adheres to LY2 and MCA.  

Migrant Sailboat Sinks in Aegean, 17 Missing

A sailboat carrying migrants sank in in the Aegean sea between Turkey and Greece on Tuesday and at least 17 people were missing, Greek authorities said. Greece's maritime ministry said Greek and Turkish rescue efforts had saved 16 of the between 33 and 37 migrants believed to be on board when

Dittmann Named Chairman of SEA Europe

Kjeld Dittmann (Photo: SEA Europe)

Kjeld Dittmann, the Managing Director of Lyngsø Marine A/S, is the new Chairman of the European Ships and Maritime Equipment Association (SEA Europe).    He succeeds Govert Hamers, CEO of Vanderlande Industries in the Netherlands, who has completed his term as Chairman. 

Oben Naki Heads to Canada

Oben Naki

Emphasising the close working relationship which exists between naval architects Robert Allan Ltd and Turkish shipbuilders Sanmar Ltd, Sanmar's Oben Naki has relocated to Vancouver BC to join the Canadian designers as contracts manager (Turkey).

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