Passenger ships of Istanbul and Izmir fr...
Passenger ships of Istanbul and Izmir from Özata Shipyard
Located in Yalova, Özata Shipyard builds passenger ships for Istanbul and Izmir by using carbon composite material which is 8 times more durable and 3 times lighter than steel with its vacuum infusion technology.
Holding the title of the first and only shipyard that builds ships of carbon composite material, Özata Shipyard has completed 4 of the 15 ship projects which were demanded by the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality. Lastly, the recent passenger ship which is named as Dario Moreno, a singer, an actor and one of the symbol names of Izmir, was launched to sea. The ship´s interior equipment works are continuing, and it will be delivered to the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality in 15 days.
The Shipyard has also received 4 ship orders from the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. It is preparing to deliver the first ship at the end of March. It will deliver the other ships to be used as City Lines ship in Istanbul in one-month intervals.
Built of carbon composite material with vacuum infusion technology, the ships offer fuel and maintenance advantages, though carbon composite is more expensive than other materials such as steel and aluminum. According to the ship´s operating success, it is stated that it can pay for itself in 4 years.
The material is said to be 8 times more durable and 3 times lighter than steel. Thanks to these features, the ship can reach 30 knot with lower engine power and less fuel. It also provides advantage in maintenance works which are required to be done each year.
How did the carbon composite technology come to Turkey?
After Norway, Sweden and Denmark, with Özata Shipyard, Turkey has become the fourth country which has a special shipyard that builds ships of carbon composite material with vacuum infusion technology.
Özdemir Ataseven, the founder and owner of the shipyard, said that they have 40-year experience in shipbuilding. "After the company which was founded in Tuzla in 1985, another facility has begun operating in Altınova. It also paved the way for development of other shipyards in here.
We continuously make researches in abroad about shipbuilding technologies.
I think shipyards would be successful by building special ships and specializing in this. We built containers and dry cargo vessels, but when I look at other shipyards, I see that we all do same things. We started to build small passenger ships. Mostly, we used steel in building. Then, we started building rescue vessels (known as "Hacıyatmaz") that the Coastal Safety needs. While doing these, we continue our researches, too. We travel around the Europe by asking ourselves "what can we do?" Later on, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality organized a tender. We did not participate in two tenders. Then, we said "Let´s participate in it this time". The investment cost was very high. We had to make 20-million Euro investment in a year which was very difficult for us because of the financial crisis. That was a risk, but risk is a part of businessman´s life. We decided to participate in the tender in the last 20 days prior to the tender. The participating companies were a Norwegian company and our company. Composite vacuum infusion system had never been used in Turkey before. Many people said "This cannot be done, you cannot do this", but we said "We can do it". If there is investment, if opportunity is given, our nation can do everything, because our engineering is very good. We participated in and won the tender. We organized a qualified team for carbon composite. During my visit to Europe, in terms of technology and capacity, I did not see a shipyard that can build big ships of carbon composite material, unlike us.
Researchers coming from many countries of the world are interested in our shipyard. Recently, a university group came from Belgium. Including our know-how department, our shipyard is open to everyone" said Özdemir Ataseven.
"We wanted to bring this technology to Turkey. That is why we participated in the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality´s tender.
If we had not brought this technology, it would not come to Turkey for at least another 30 years, as the same with Devrim cars. We were awarded with the contract for 117 million Euros. The Norwegian company offered 150 million Euros when we participated,, otherwise, they would have won for 200 million Euros. From now on, we cannot gain anything by selling these ships to Turkey. Our goal is to sell these ships to Europe. We know our competitors: one or two shipyards in Europe. Our second goal is mega yachts and military projects, especially" added Ataseven.