In 2008, the Damen Group completed two Damen Fast Ropax 8521 which arrived in Turkey after they were transported over from Guangzhou, China.
‘‘Yavus Sultan Selim 1’ and ‘Kanuni Sultan Suleyman’ were the largest aluminium vessels ever built by the Damen Group. Both vessels were built at Afai Southern Shipyard in close cooperation with Damen Shipyards Gorinchem, The Netherlands for IDO, the maritime transport authority of Istanbul, Turkey. The Damen Fast Ropax (DFR) 8521 is an aluminum double ended fast car / passenger ferry. It is designed to transport 500 passengers inside and 102 passengers outside the accommodation on balconies. Furthermore a maximum of 112 cars (or 64 cars and 12 trucks) can be accommodated. The two DFR 8521 were built under YN 539301 and YN 539302. Engineering started in July 2006 at the head office of Damen in Holland in cooperation with Damen’s engineering partners MDEM in Ukraine. The aluminium construction of the hull and superstructure started in November 2006 at Damen’s partner shipyard Afai in China. The DFR 8521 is classed by Bureau Veritas and has an overall length of 85 metres on a beam of 21 metres and a three-metre draught.