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Turkish state-owned naval and aerospace contractor Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret AŞ (STM), a subsidiary of the Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB), has selected the Norwegian company DNV GL to verify the modernisation and upgrade of naval platforms.

STM is a prime contractor and delivers design and engineering solutions for national and global naval projects in line with SSB’s established vision for Turkish naval platforms. The company stated that SSB has “assigned STM to provide different roles for indigenous naval platform projects. Under their coordination, we have carried out and accomplished significant projects, such as the Turkish Navy corvette and submarine projects, the Pakistani Navy fleet replenishment ship and analyses of naval base projects […] Naval platforms are the most complex vessels today, demanding the latest technology and continual quality control. By working together with DNV GL, we can ensure that customers have a trusted naval fleet. Moreover, we aim at setting and proving our reliable and effective partnership with DNV GL for further programmes.”

Maritime operations demand high-grade materials, technology fabrication and extraordinary quality control. DNV GL has a strong track record in certification and classification of naval vessels, including structural elements, machinery and electrical/electronic equipment. Combining this with long-standing expertise and extensive knowledge in the field of pressure and underwater technology has made DNV GL an ideal partner for STM. DNV GL experts are on hand during project qualification, providing detailed information, advice on certification, compliance and project requirements. The Norwegian registrar has over 40 years experience in new-build and modernisation or refit projects, including safety assurance and classification for a wide range of vessels for several navies.

This marks STM’s first collaboration with DNV GL in a naval project and both parties believe that their cooperation could lead to further international projects in repair, upgrade and new construction. The two organisations’ collaboration offers customers implementation of their projects and plans according to internationally accepted classification and regulatory standards, uniting design and classification authorities at a very early stage in the project – which they describe as a ‘win-win’ situation.

Officials from STM and DNV cement their relationship in a ceremony held at Euronaval in late October. (Photo: STM)

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