Damen inks two fast crew supply vessels

30 Nov 2011
Two Damen FCS 2610 catamaran fast crew suppliers are on order

Two Damen FCS 2610 catamaran fast crew suppliers are on order

Damen Shipyards and SeaZip Offshore Service, both based in The Netherlands, have signed a contract to build two fast crew suppliers (FCS) of the 2610-type.

The first ever FCS 2610 catamaran was delivered early 2011 and offers reduced peak accelerations of up to 75%, reduced added resistance in waves of up to 60% and has already transferred maintenance crew to turbines in wave heights of 1.90m. The vessels will be built at Damen Shipyards Singapore and delivery is set for the third quarter of 2012.

SeaZip Offshore Service ordered the FCSs because offshore wind farms are being built at ever increasing distances from the shore, impairing continuity in operations and maintenance. The FCS 2610 can overcome these challenges as it has a range over 1000nm, a 20,000 litre fuel tank (for sailing and transferring purposes) and there’s accommodation for four crew and 12 industrial personnel. According to a spokesman for the company, the twin axe catamaran is: “An excellent design, especially for staying out at sea for longer periods, while not compromising crew comfort.”

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