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Taking the axe to costs

A revolutionary Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) has hit the water at Damen Shipyards Antalya, Turkey. The new vessel has been designed as a cost-effective crew transportation alternative.

The launch itself needed careful planning, using two cranes which themselves had to be transported to site using 50 trucks, as the current launch facility is under reconstruction. Topping that, the FCS 7011 is the largest ever to have been launched in Antalya Free Zone.

Fitting out is underway with the FCS 7011 then set to undergo sea trials off Antalya to test and demonstrate her capabilities. She will then sail to the Netherlands, where Ampelmann will install a gangway system, ready for fully-integrated proof of concept trials in the North Sea.

Cutting the costs of crew transfer will be achieved by the ability to transport up to 122 personnel in a single trip. This raises the prospect of a move away from day-rate structures towards a pay-per-journey model and, potentially, vessel sharing, thereby increasing the efficiency of offshore operations.

Particular attention has been paid to on board comfort – both in transit and on transfer. During transit, the vessel’s Sea Axe bow plays an important role, reducing slamming to a minimum. Accommodation is located just aft of mid-ships for minimal pitching motion and interceptors have been incorporated aft of the vessel to reduce both pitching and rolling whilst underway. Luxurious reclining seating and excellent visibility are designed to help passengers adjust on passage, reducing the potential for seasickness.

To ensure that the theme of comfort continues during people transfer, Damen has integrated numerous motion-compensating technologies to achieve the optimal result; the Kongsberg DP system, the tailor-made Ampelmann gangway, VEEM gyrostabiliser, MTU main engines, Hamilton waterjets, Danfoss shaft generators and Veth bow thrusters.

In line with Damen’s aim of becoming the most digitalised shipbuilder, the FCS 7011 will also feature Damen Triton – a connected vessel platform. With sensors located around the vessel, the platform will collect information that will benefit operators, enabling remote monitoring, preventive maintenance and efficient sailing, resulting in lower fuel consumption and emissions.

Exhibitor: Damen Shipyards

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