ARES Shipyard has donated its 38-metre ARES (Archaeological Research Education Ship) to Akdeniz University, through which it will perform roles related to the research and preservation of the underwater cultural heritage in the Mediterranean.
The ship, which has a composite hull, will be equipped by Akdeniz University in such a way that it will be possible to use it in scientific studies, after which, underwater researches will be launched. The company has declared that once ARES enters into service, it will be “the world’s Second Largest Archaeological Research Ship”. The ship, which has a cruising range of 6,000 nautical miles, will be able to serve both in the seas surrounding Turkey and in international waters thanks to its high cruising range and hull form, and its high maritime capabilities.
A signing ceremony was held at the Governorate of Antalya on 21 May to mark the handing over of the vessel, attended by Münir Karaloğlu, Governor of Antalya; Prof. Dr. Mustafa Ünal, Rector of Akdeniz University; Kerim Kalafatoğlu, Chairman and Executive Director of ARES Shipyard; Mert Kalafatoğlu, Deputy Chairman of the Board at ARES Shipyard; and Ersan Kotiloğlu, Member of the Board at ARES Shipyard.
Technical Specifications of the ARES Ship
|Overall Length||37.80 metres|
|Structural material||Improved composite|
|Main propulsion system||2 x diesel main engines and a 4-blade propeller|
|Service speed||14 knots|
|Fuel capacity||60,000 litres|
|Fresh water capacity||8,000 litres|
|Waste water capacity||3,800 litres|
|Cruising range||6,000 nautical miles|