RMK Marine exhibits at IDEX 2011
As the Koç Group shipyard, RMK Marine is participating in IDEX 2011, the largest defence and security event in the Middle East and North African region held in Abu Dhabi. IDEX 2011 runs from February 20 to February 24, 2011 and ranks among the most important fairs worldwide, with the participation of companies involved in manufacturing and technology development for the defence and security industries. At IDEX 2011, RMK Marine is exhibiting along with other Turkish companies in the Turkish Pavilion, co-ordinated by the Turkish Undersecretariat for Defence Industries.
During the event, RMK Marine will not only exhibit a mock-up of the Coast Guard Search and Rescue vessels it is building for the Turkish Coast Guard Command, but will also demonstrate to visitors the experiences it has gained and recent progress RMK Marine and the Turkish defence industry have made in shipbuilding. Having won the biggest combat ship tender ever undertaken by the Turkish private sector, and as the first private sector shipyard to build four Coast Guard Search and Rescue vessels, RMK Marine’s exhibit at IDEX 2011 will showcase its achievements in the development and integration of electronic systems. The company is approaching IDEX 2011 as a great opportunity to showcase these skills. RMK Marine General Manager Ufuk Güçlü said “IDEX 2011 is going to be a big opportunity for both RMK Marine and Turkey to show the progress made in shipbuilding.” He added that “RMK Marine expects IDEX 2011 to be a means of communication for both promoting our brand and developing new projects.”
In 2009, 900 companies from 70 countries participated in IDEX, which is held every two years. An even greater number of participants are expected to exhibit at the event this year. The vast majority of visitors are government authorities, military experts, professionals, and academics.
RMK Marine became the first privately-owned shipyard to undertake one the largest projects of its kind with the Coast Guard Search and Rescue Vessel project. The company has undergone significant reorganisation in order to achieve goals in the strategy and vision of the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries and in accordance with the long-term objectives of the Turkish defense industry. RMK’s shipbuilding activity, involving 22 managers, 128 engineers, 20 engineering experts, 49 technicians, 28 operators, 41 clerks, and 332 workers was officially launched in 2008 with a ceremony.
Last year Turkish engineering skills were shown at the launch at RMK Marine of two of the four Coast Guard Search and Rescue Vessels, TCSG Dost and TSCG Güven. Construction of TCSG Umut and TCSG YaÅŸam is still underway. The vessels are part of the “Corvette Class” of ships at: 88.6 m long, 12 m beam, and 1,700 tonne displacement. As well as the construction of the vessels, as part of the project RMK Marine designs and produces important military systems such as command and control systems’ software and hardware, electro-optic director, communication systems, gyro systems, fire control systems, and consoles. Within the shipyard RMK Marine executes the platform integration of weapons and electronic systems for vessels. A total of one million man-hours have been spent on the project since early 2008. Each Coast Guard Search and Rescue Vessel requires 130 kilometers of 6,000 different cables, 20 kilometers of pipes in various sizes, and 2,900 valves.
In 2000, RMK Marine also built two 2100 DWT military logistic vessels named TCG Alb. HakkÄ± Burak and TCG Yzb. Ä°hsan Tolunay. These were delivered to the Turkish Naval Forces.
RMK Marine continues to make great strides in yacht building, maintenance, and repair services. The shipyard can handle building aluminum and steel yachts up to 80m in length and composite yachts up to 40m. Launched in 2009, Nazenin V, which brought together some of the most well known names in the yacht building industry for design, engineering, and project management, was awarded the ‘Judges’ Special Commendation’ in the ‘BEST SAILING YACHT IN 45M + SIZE RANGE’ category at the “World Superyacht Awards 2010”. These awards are considered the ‘Oscars’ of the superyacht building industry, and RMK Marine’s award is a great achievement that reflects its worldwide reputation as a top class yacht builder. A new 45m superyacht motor yacht – the longest yacht being built by RMK Marine in this category – is currently under construction.
In the meantime, construction of the 30m and 38m superyachts, which are being built for Oyster Marine as part of the agreement signed between Oyster Marine and RMK Marine are progressing successfully. The agreement marks an important development for Superyacht building in Turkey, combining famous names Oyster Marine, an expert in the building of large sailing yachts, and Dubois, famous for sailing yacht designs. The 100ft and 125ft yachts will complete their build shortly and will be handed over in 2011 and 2012.
About RMK Marine
- Renamed RMK Marine after joining the Koç Group in 1997, the shipyard offers ship and yacht building, maintenance and repair services in Tuzla, near Istanbul.
- One of Turkey’s largest private shipyards the company is projected to grow with high quality and added value projects, RMK Marine successfully competes on an international scale due to the company’s knowledge, experience and product diversity in building tankers, offshore service ships, tugboats, military vessels and super yachts.
- RMK Marine is the first Turkish shipyard in the private sector to provide design solutions within the company’s own structure, with its improved platform for electrical design and electronics systems divisions.
- RMK Marine is the first shipyard to carry out interior design and production of superyachts, commercial ships, and naval vessels built in the company’s interior furniture workshop developed at its Tuzla facility.
- The shipyard was audited by the Ministry of National Defence and RINA (International Certification Company) for “Industrial Quality Assurance” to the requirements for AQAP 2110 and ISO 9001 certification for the management system and infrastructure for superyachts, military and commercial shipbuilding projects. RMK Marine is the only private shipyard to have attained AQAP 2110.
- North Sea Giant, the multi-functional open seas construction vessel and the biggest ship in its category worldwide – 154 meters in length – was delivered in 2009.
- RMK Marine’s success in its business was confirmed by its financial performance in 2009. The firm ranked 319th in the “Turkey’s Top 500 Industrial Enterprises Research” conducted by the Istanbul Chamber of Industry in 2009. According to export figures for 2009 among members of the General Secretariat of Istanbul Exporters’ Associations, RMK Marine came in 5th place with the “highest exports” among members of the Istanbul Ship and Yacht Exporters’ Association. On the list of Fortune Magazine’s “Top 500 Companies in Turkey,” a list highly anticipated by the finance industry every year, RMK Marine has had significant ranking among the 500 companies selected from various industries. RMK Marine was 220th in the 2009 rankings the magazine published in its July issue and 44th in the “Biggest Increase in Exports” category.