On 2nd May, 2019 Damen Shipyards Group signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Askeri Fabrika ve Tersane İşletme AŞ (ASFAT) for collaboration in the production of marine platforms. The MOU signing took place at the 14th International Defence Industry Fair (IDEF) taking place in Istanbul April 30th – May 3rd.
Present at the signing ceremony were ASFAT Deputy General Manager Mr Bulent Safak and General Manager Mr Esad Akgün. Attending for Damen were Chief Operations Office Mr Jan-Wim Dekker and Sales Manager Mr Boran Bekbulat.
AFSAT was established in 2018 to utilise the capabilities of the 27 military factories and three naval shipyards within the body of Turkey’s Ministry of Defense. The fully government-owned organisation offers innovative solutions to friendly and allied nations, spanning design, manufacture, maintenance, sustainment and training areas with solution partner approach based on public-private sector synergies.
Speaking on the occasion of the signing, Mr Bekbulat said, “There is a natural synergy to be found between Damen and ASFAT. Both parties are seeking to provide innovative answers to the requirements of clients around the world. By combining our strengths in this manner we will be able to ensure the optimisation of processes and develop a wider reach of our services, all the better for serving the needs of our customers and maximising capabilities.”
On the right photo from left to right:
Signing: Mr Esad Akgün (General Manager, ASFAT), Mr Jan-Wim Dekker (Chief Operations Office, Damen Shipyards Group)
Standing: Mr Bulent Safak (Deputy General Manager, ASFAT), Mr Boran Bekbulat (Sales Manager, Damen Shipyards Group)