The Qatar Coast Guard has received three composite hull boats powered and propelled by MTU high-speed engines and Rolls-Royce waterjets. The vessels, two Ares 75 ship and one Ares 110 Hercules ship, were the first three boats out of 17 the Qatar Coast Guard will receive as part of a Rolls-Royce joint program. Two more will be delivered by the end of the year.
The deal, which is worth over £15 million (about $18.5 million), has Rolls-Royce supplying a total of 46 engines and waterjets. The vessels are being built at the Ares Shipyard, located in Antalya on the South Coast of Turkey. The yard has been operating since 2006 and is a specialist in the manufacture of fast patrol craft for both military and civilian applications.
“The combination of Rolls-Royce Kamewa waterjets and MTU high-speed diesel engines with Ares’ composite vessels will provide Qatar’s Coast Guard Command with fast, maneuverable and efficient vessels ideally suited to carrying out their duties,” said Don Roussinos, President of Rolls-Royce’s naval division.
Gurit provided full structural design service for the Hercules, from developing the initial concept of the vessels to working with Ares Shipyard on shop floor drawings. As part of the engineering design, Gurit also undertook finite element analysis on the composite waterjet to optimize performance. According to Kerim Kalafatoğlu, Chairman & Executive Director of Ares Shipyard, the Ares 75 and 110 Hercules boats have performed better than expected.
“[The ships] have benefitted from the combination of the most advanced ship building techniques, modern equipment and systems, and advanced composite materials with Rolls-Royce power and propulsion,” said Kalafatoğlu.