U.S. company Safe Boats International teamed up with Colombian Cotecmar for the co-production of aluminum vessels for the Colombian military and other regional customers.
Announced by Safe Boats on March 15 at the 2017 Colombia Mar, the agreement builds on a previously signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Cotecmar into a multi-year, definitive association agreement to co-produce many of its products already in Colombia.
The agreement includes co-production of Safe models already in use in Central and South America such as the Defender, Apostle and Full Cabin Jet Boats along with its most recently introduced Multi-Mission Interceptor (MMI). The agreement encompasses a range of collaboration including program management, training, factory production training and sub-assembly and integration by Cotecmar in Colombia.
“The decision to further enhance our relationship with Cotecmar is evidence of our commitment to the Colombian Navy and providing the brave men and women who serve in Colombia with the best products and services to allow them to effectively accomplish their challenging missions,” stated Dennis Morris, CEO of Safe Boats International.
Cotecmar, a Colombian government shipyard created in 2000, is a manufacturer of large offshore patrol vessels, coastal patrol vessels, defense craft, BAL-C logistics and humanitarian craft and other commercial and riverine vessels produced for the Colombian Navy, Marines and Coast Guard along with training and other services.