Drilling vessel Fatih to set sail this week for first mission in Mediterranean
“The vessel will carry out drilling work in the Mediterranean. God willing, we will add another drilling vessel to our fleet,” Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Dönmez told journalists on the margins of the 8th Energy Summit held in the southern province of Antalya.
The 229-meter-long Fatih was built by South Korea in 2011. More than 200 Turkish and international experts will be on board during its mission.
State-run Anadolu Agency reported Oct. 18 that Barbaros Hayreddin Paşa, a Turkish seismic and drilling vessel, was harassed by a Greek frigate during its ongoing probe off Cyprus’ coast.
“Our warships in the region are providing the necessary protection. We will never allow a new harassment,” Defense Minister Hulusi Akar had warned.