Damen has introduced a new design of crew supply vessel that promises to cut fuel usage by 20 per cent and lower emissions.
The Damen FCS 2710 vessel features a twin aluminium Sea Axe hull design that lowers water resistance, cutting fuel consumption. It also has a conventional shaft, water jet, Volvo on board performance system and Voith linear drivers.
Compared with previous designs, this vessel features a larger hull volume, allowing the vessel to handle waves of up to 2m in height so that operation in harsh conditions will be possib;e
The vessel has been designed alongside Vattenfall, Siemens and Eon, and once in operation this summer, will target the offshore oil and gas, survey, and renewables sectors.
It is being constructed at Damen Shipyards Gorinchem and will be operated by Swansea-based High Speed Transfers Ltd (HSTL).
We’ve worked with Damen vessels at our previous companies,” said HST managing director Tom Nevin, “and appreciate the quality and the level of support that they offer.” HST plans to initially focus on serving the offshore energy sectors in German and UK waters, but has global ambitions. “We hope to build a fleet of four to six FCS 2710s over time,” adds Tom Nevin. “We see exciting times ahead, particularly in offshore renewables.”
Once in operation, the vessel will have capacity for 26 passengers and eight crew. It will have a maximum speed of 25 knots and a range of up to 1,200 nautical miles.
According to HSTL, a fleet of four to six similar vessels is planned.