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Seeing triple

In response to positive feedback from offshore suppliers, three hybrid fast crew supply vessels are being built on stock, available for fast delivery to operators in the fast emerging offshore renewable energy production sector.

Damen Shipyards Group are building the three new Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 2710 Hybrid vessels at the Damen Antalya yard in Turkey.

Hybrid propulsion enables zero emission operation in wind farms and harbours. Fast and stable crew transfer vessels that are able to operate in rough seas have become a necessity in offshore energy production. In the quickly developing offshore wind industry, vessels for crew and supplies need to be versatile, stable and sturdy, to be able to manoeuvre in between the turbine shafts and to offer safe and fast transfers from and to shore stations.

Damen has developed the twin axe bow FCS 2710 for efficient ease of operation in offshore wind farms. The catamaran design offers great stability combined with substantial deck space. Both slender hulls have the axe bow design, with a very sharp and deep bow profile to eliminate slamming. The hull design, in combination with a two-speed gearbox, minimizes vessel motion and maximizes vessel thrust, increasing the operability, safety and comfort of crew transfer operations when on station at the wind turbines.

Built in aluminium, with an overall length of 26.8 metres and a 10.5 metre beam, the vessels offer passenger capacity for 24 persons and have 90 square metres of deck space. The FCS 2710 can reach 25 knots and the axe-bow design maintains high speed even in rough seas.

Based on a proven design with proven equipment, the FCS 2710 is durable and robust. The vessel offers possibilities for customisation on a proven platform. Cranes, deck equipment, deck layout and interior spaces as well as the number of passengers seats and crew accommodation can all be altered to meet  demand. 

With the three FCS 2710 Hybrid vessels under construction and available from the spring of 2023, Damen is now working on the development of an all-electric E-FCS 2710, expected to be available in 2024.

Exhibitor; Damen Shipyards
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