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Up with the Lark

See her at Seawork! Anticipating a boom in offshore renewable energy, a new-build Twin-Axe bow Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) is soon to be on her way to her home port, ready to start work this summer.

Farra Marine will take delivery of their first Damen Fast Crew Supplier 2710 in June, this year. Built at Damen Shipyards Antalya, the ‘Farra Lark’ will sail on her own keel from Turkey to her home port of Dublin. The new vessel will operate in Irish and UK waters, transporting workers and provisions to and from offshore wind farms.

The FCS 2710 is based on a proven design, improved in close cooperation with industry leaders and can take 26 passengers. The Twin-Axe bow vessel combines the stable platform of a catamaran with the smooth sailing behaviour of the Sea Axe hull shape, providing optimal seakeeping characteristics and comfort.

Farra Marine’s new FCS complies with IMO tier II regulations. Damen Shipyards has developed in-house a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system to seamlessly fit the crew supply vessel, improving her emission standard to IMO tier III. The SCR system can be quickly retrofitted to all FCS 2710’s.

“This is our first Damen vessel,” said Martin Rice, Farra Marine CEO, “And we intend to fully engage it starting this summer. Farra Marine is targeting having 10 CTV’s in operation in the course of 2023 and it is aiming further growth in its fleet beyond that time.
“We would be interested in acquiring more FCS 2710’s. Our business plan aims for a fleet to operate across Europe in the next few years, so we will be all lined up to offer well developed services as the Irish offshore wind sector starts.”

Damen Sales manager UK & Ireland Frederik van der Linde adds, “Damen is proud in delivering their first FCS 2710 to an Irish client. It makes us happy to see that Farra Marine will use this vessel in the process of decarbonising energy production.”

The aim is to exhibit the vessel at the Seawork exhibition in Southampton, the largest workboat exhibition in Europe, with the ‘Farra Lark’ making a short detour on her way from Damen Shipyards Antalya to Dublin.  Van der Linde said, “Seawork is a very important exhibition for Damen Shipyards and therefore we are extremely grateful to Farra Marine in exhibiting together the ‘Farra Lark’.”

Exhibitor; Damen Shipyards
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