Damen Shipyards has been awarded a contract by the Mexican Navy (Secretaria de Marina) to construct a patrol vessel and a fast crew supplier.
Under the deal, Damen will offer licence, material package and technical assistance for the construction of both vessels using the Damen Technical Cooperation programme, which allows clients to construct vessels on their selected location.
The first contract involves the construction of the seventh Tenochtitlan-class Damen Stan Patrol 4207 vessel, which will be built on the navy yard ASTIMAR 1 in Tampico, an area that has already completed three Stan patrol vessels.
Aimed at supporting missions such as the safety and security of mariners, search and rescue (SAR) and patrol duties in territorial waters, the Stan patrol vessels can also be deployed to assist in the conservation and protection of fisheries.
Under the second contract, a Damen Fast Crew Supplier 5009 will be constructed on the navy yard ASTIMAR 6 in Guaymas, located on the Pacific coast of Mexico.
The FCS 5009, which aims to comply with the specific requirements of the Mexican Navy, is integrated with the Damen Sea Axe bow, which reduces slamming by approximately 70%.
The vessel is powered by four Caterpillar 3512C TA engines and offers a maximum cruise speed of 21k. It can carry 145 passengers as well as 17 crew members, and features a deck crane and an additional space module.
The package also includes a training provision for Mexican Navy crew.
Image: Damen Stan Patrol 4207 vessel. Photo: courtesy of Damen Shipyards Group.