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MEYER TURKU TO BUILD FINNISH BORDER PATROL SHIP PAIR

MEYER TURKU TO BUILD FINNISH BORDER PATROL SHIP PAIR

Tuesday, August 17, 2021 

According to Finnish media reports, the Meyer Group shipyard in Turku, Finland, has entered into a letter of intent (LoI) with the Finnish Border Guard to build two new multi-purpose patrol vessels.

The LoI follows a tender process earlier in the year, won by the Turku yard, which hopes to finalise the shipbuilding contract this autumn. The two new vessels will replace three older patrol craft which are said to be no longer economically viable and are being decommissioned.

Deputy Chief of the Finnish Border Guard Rear Adm  Markku Hassinen said: "The design of new ships takes into account the possibilities of new technology, the environmental impact of ships and the change in the Finnish security environment."

This will be welcome news for the yard, which has specialised in passenger vessels and will fill a gap left by the downturn in the cruise industry.

“This is a very important letter of intent for Meyer Turku and the entire Finnish shipbuilding network. We are emerging from the crisis caused by the corona and the letter of intent signed today will create more stability for our order book, which runs until 2026. We are especially happy that a party like the Border Guard is showing confidence in Meyer Turku Shipyard,” said Tapani Pulli, Deputy CEO, Meyer Turku.

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