Damen introduces new crew supply vessel design

Damen Fcs 2710 Frontview

(GORINCHEM, Netherlands) — Damen Shipyards Group has announced the introduction of a new model to its Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) range. The FCS 2710 builds on the success of the FCS 2610, first introduced in 2011. The first vessel is already in build at Damen Shipyards Gorinchem for delivery in July.

The FCS 2710 retains the successful twin hull and ax bow design of the Damen FCS 2610 so successful. However, as the offshore energy industry has evolved in recent years, so has its requirements for crew transfer vessels and the regulations that govern them. Damen has listened to the feedback and designed a vessel that retains much of the fundamental design of the 2610, but delivers the additional capacity and performance sought by operators today.

“The 2610 really was the first vessel of its kind. It’s an excellent boat, but of course there are always lessons to be learned," said Wim Boerma, product manager at Damen’s High Speed Craft product group. “We’ve taken the very best of the 2610 in all its fundamental characteristics and updated it to deliver more flexibility, more tank capacity, greater deck space, increased comfort and more accommodation.”

The FCS 2710 achieves this in part by being 1 meter longer than its predecessor and also 1 meter higher. The extra meter above the water not only increases the hull volume but also allows the vessel to operate in wave heights of above 2 meters. This substantially increases the range of weather conditions in which it can be at sea, an important consideration given the longer distances that maintenance crews are now having to travel.

It can also carry twice as many passengers as its predecessor; 26 in its standard configuration. This has been done by optimizing the available deck space by changing it from a stepped layout to one that is level. This has enabled a larger wheelhouse and a more than doubling of the interior volume available for the accommodation, all without any loss in deck space available for cargo transportation.

The first FCS 2710 is due to be delivered in July to High Speed Transfers Ltd., a new entry into the offshore transfers sector based in Swansea, Wales. Started by three experienced operatives from the offshore industry, HST sees the FCS 2710 as the way to make an immediate impact using an upgraded version of a vessel-type that is already well known in the market.

HST and Damen will be showing their new vessel to the world for the first time at this year’s Seawork International exhibition and conference, being held in Southampton, United Kingdom, from July 3-5.

By Professional Mariner Staff