The first 12 vessels will be built by Yonca
Onuk at its shipyard in Tuzla. Under a transfer
of technology agreement, the remaining
22 craft will be built by ADSB.
All the 34 vessels will be constructed
in accordance with DNV type approval.
Commenting on the delivery schedule
from ADSB, Andrew Donald McMillan,
Composite Production Manager of ADSB,
said, “We have already delivered 6 vessels
to the CNIA by the end of 2010 and have
currently 9 more in process. We are moving
along quite nicely with the project and it
should complete at the beginning of 2013.”
The vessels will be capable of reaching speeds of 65 knots in sea state 2 giving them
a rapid reaction capability that is similar to
a helicopter. They will also be capable of
operating in weather conditions and locations
that would be unsuitable for rotary or
fixed wing aircraft.
Lightweight/high strength advanced sandwich
composites based on Diab cores will be
used throughout each vessel (hull, deck and
superstructure) in order to optimize performance in terms of speed, acceleration, operating
range, payload and fuel efficiency.
The use of sandwich composites is also
expected to extend the service life of the vessels
while at the same delivering a significant
reduction in maintenance costs.
Also sandwich composites offer good
‘stealth capabilities’ by reducing a vessel’s
Commenting on the contract from
CNIA, Bill Salzer, CEO of ADSB, said,
“We are delighted to have been selected to
build this fleet for the CNIA. Although this
is our first new-build order for the authority,
we already provide maintenance and support
to the CNIA's existing fleet under rate