In August 2014 the Mexican Navy (Secretaría de Marina in Spanish) and Damen Shipyards Group (the Netherlands) signed contracts for the delivery of the design, material package, technical assistance and training for two vessels that will be built by the Mexican Navy, using the Damen Technical Cooperation programme, which enables customers to build their vessel on the location of their choice.
The first contract is for a Damen Stan Patrol 4207. This vessel, the seventh of the Tenochtitlan-class (named after the first vessel of this class in use by the Mexican Navy), will be built on the navy yard ASTIMAR 1 in Tampico. This yard, located on the Gulf of Mexico, has already concluded the construction of three Stan Patrols and will now undertake the construction of the other four.
The second contract is for a Damen Fast Crew Supplier 5009. This vessel features the Damen Sea Axe bow which reduces slamming up to 70%. The FCS 5009 has been adapted to meet specific Mexican Navy requirements. Among others it will include a deck crane and an extra accommodation module. In total the vessel can transport 145 passengers and 17 crew members. The vessel has four Caterpillar 3512C TA engines, and can reach a speed of 21 knots. The vessel will be constructed on the Navy yard ASTIMAR 6 in Guaymas, a city on the Pacific coast of Mexico.
Damen Technical Cooperation allows yards that are not a part of the Damen Shipyards Group to build modern, high quality vessels. With the design, material packages and technical and logistical assistance, these shipyards can improve their capabilities, using the experience and taking advantage of the quality of Damen. Through this building method over five hundred vessels, on shipyards all over the globe, have been built.