Damen delivers ocean patrol vessel to Mexican Navy

11 February 2020 (Last Updated February 11th, 2020 10:08)

Damen Shipyards Group has delivered the Long Range Ocean Patrol (POLA) Class vessel ARM Reformador (POLA-101) to the Mexican Navy (SEMAR).

Damen delivers ocean patrol vessel to Mexican Navy
The 107m-long POLA 101 vessel will allow the Mexican Navy to carry out various missions. Credit: Copyright Damen Shipyards Group.

Damen Shipyards Group has delivered the Long Range Ocean Patrol (POLA) Class vessel ARM Reformador (POLA-101) to the Mexican Navy (SEMAR).

The 107m-long POLA 101 vessel has been delivered less than three years after signing the contract. It is technologically advanced and will allow the Mexican Navy to carry out various missions.

The navy can use the vessel for safeguarding Mexican sovereignty, international security cooperation, law enforcement and for other missions such as long-range search and rescue operations and humanitarian aid.

Furthermore, the United Mexican States can use the POLA 101 to increase the surveillance coverage and protect their maritime interests beyond the five million square kilometres of jurisdictional waters.

Damen Shipyards Mexico president Horacio Delgado said: “This is a vessel built in Mexico, for the Mexicans and by the Mexicans.

“We are proud to have this vessel finished with a significant footprint in the south-eastern region of Mexico and Isthmus of Tehuantepec. This includes 750 man-years of direct Mexican labour, 400 direct jobs and more than 2,000 indirect jobs.”

The vessel is based on Damen’s SIGMA Frigate 10514 design and is the tenth of its kind. It is the result of Damen’s collaboration with the Royal Netherlands Navy.

Two out of the six modules for the project were built at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) in the Netherlands.

The Mexican production team, subcontractors and suppliers built the remaining four modules at ASTIMAR 20 in Salina Cruz. A team in the Netherlands supervised the process.

All these modules were brought together for final assembly, integration, commissioning and trials with Damen’s assistance, upon completion.

The POLA-101 is the Mexican Navy’s 13th Damen vessel. Previous deliveries range from patrol vessels to logistic support ships and one Damen Cutter Suction Dredger 650.