Baltic Operator builds patrol ships for the Finns -
Baltic Operator builds patrol ships for the Finns
Date of publication: 21.12.2023

Baltic Operator officially started works on OPV patrol units for the Finnish Border Guard.

On December 12, steel was cut for the needs of the first OPV patrol unit at the Baltic Operator shipyard in Gdańsk. The client's representatives from Meyer Turku and The Finnish Border Guard, as well as representatives of the Baltic Industrial Group and Baltic Operator, were present at the ceremony.

Baltic Operator, a company from the Baltic Industrial Group, which owns the Gdańsk Shipyard, has signed a contract with the Meyer Turku shipyard for the construction of two partially equipped patrol vessels (Offshore Patrol Vessel, OPV) for the Finnish Border Guard in December 2022.

The scope of work commissioned to Baltic Operator includes the production of two partially equipped hulls, 98 meters long and 17.6 meters wide. The total weight of the manufactured structure will exceed 5,500 tons.

The first ship is to be ready in 2025, and the second in 2026. These vessels, with a draft of 5 meters, will ultimately patrol the waters along Finland's 4,600-kilometer irregular coastline, dotted with islets.

It is worth mentioning that Baltic Operator also supplies large-size passenger ferry blocks to the above-mentioned Finnish shipyard.

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