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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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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.  

APM Terminals Izmir Set for Opening

Final deliveries of remaining STS cranes and RTGs scheduled for December for 1st Quarter 2016 operations

With the delivery of five Rubber-Tire Gantry Cranes (RTGs) and two Ship-to-Shore (STS) gantry cranes capable of handling Ultra-Large Containerships (ULCS) of up to 16,000 TEU capacity, the new 1.3 million TEU deep-water APM Terminals Izmir facility is nearing completion in anticipation of

Sanmar Names Caterpillar ‘Engine of Choice’

A tug built by Sanmar Shipyards (Photo: Caterpillar Marine)

Caterpillar Marine’s dealer in Turkey, Borusan, has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Turkish shipbuilder Sanmar Shipyards for the supply of a range of propulsion units over the next three years.    The LOI covers the supply of Cat propulsion engines and generator sets to

ISS Opens Office in Ukraine

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the marine, cargo and supply chain solutions provider, said it is continuing its expansion program in the Black Sea region with the opening of a new office in Ukraine. Situated in Odessa, this new base is part of the company’s drive to expand its presence

Long and Successful Links: Sanmar Hosts Robert G Allan

Photo: Sanmar

Some 200 delegates from all around Turkey attended the Pilotage & Towage Services Technologies Congress in Izmir, an event supported by shipbuilder Sanmar, whose Projects Director Ali Gurun presented a paper about technical specification of modern harbor and terminal tug boats outside of

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.  

Yildirim to Sell its CMA CGM Shares

Photo: Yildirim Group

 French shipping company CMA CGM has revealed that the Turkish conglomerate Yildirim Group wants to sell its 24% stake in the carrier.   Yildirim Holding planned to divest its major stake of one fourth in CMA CGM, by 2015, President and CEO of Yildrim Holding

Sanmar to Build 6 Terminal Tugs for Svitzer

Svitzer has signed a contract with Turkish shipbuilder Sanmar Shipyard for the construction of six newbuild terminal tug vessels, the first of which is scheduled for delivery in Q4 2016.   The new fleet will be 70-metric-ton bollard pull RAstar 2800-E Class ASD tugs with escort capability

Greece: No Plan for Migrant Sea Patrols with Turkey

Greece said on Tuesday it had no plan to carry out joint sea patrols with neighbouring Turkey to stem an influx of migrants and refugees into Europe.   A record 400,000 refugees and migrants have arrived in Greece this year from nearby Turkey, most fleeing war-torn Syria

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