Second Damen patrol vessel for Albania
The Albanian Coastguard's new Damen Stan Patrol Vessel 4207, ‘Oriku’
The second of four Damen Stan Patrol Vessels 4207, built by the Pashaliman Shipyard in Vlorë, has been delivered to the Albanian Coastguard.
Oriku's main purpose will be to execute patrol duties and search and rescue missions in territorial waters. Lisus, the third Damen Stan Patrol Vessel 4207, is currently under construction.
Frank de Lange, sales director for South, North and West-Europe at Damen Shipyards, said: "This country has truly got a lot to offer. The Albanian government is a stable and interesting partner. We have established an excellent relationship during the course of this project and the close cooperation with both the Dutch and Albanian governments can be regarded as a model for future venues.”
The build project also included reconstruction of the Vlorë Naval Shipyard and a new assembly hall - which had to be built so that these vessels measuring over 60m could be constructed. Both projects were handled by Damen Services carried out under the late ORET program of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs – which supports investment in infrastructural projects in developing countries.
Damen sent the complete, prefabricated material packages for the construction hall and the patrol vessel to Albania. These building ‘kits’ often include instruction and supervision from Damen, as was the case with this project.
During the first year there was a permanent Damen team in Vlorë to train and assist their Albanian counterparts in the building process. In order to enhance their skills several Albanian teams visited Damen’s HQ in Gorinchem to receive intensive training and instruction - they then trained their colleagues.
Damen has a series of similar vessels under construction for the US and Canadian Coast Guards.
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