Damen’s FCS 2710 one step closer to suit US offshore wind market

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Damen Shipyards Group’s Fast Crew Supplier 2710 is a step closer to potentially being used in the US offshore wind industry after having received an approval in principle from US maritime classification society ABS.

Damen had to modify the design of its standard FCS 2710 to meet the US requirements. The modifications include the incorporation of Waterjets which are driven by engines that are compliant with US Environmental Protection Agency regulations.

The FCS 2710 measures over 65ft in length and features Damen’s Sea Axe hull (in Twin Axe formation). to deliver safety and comfort even in rough waters. The Sea Axe reduces vertical accelerations by enabling the vessel to glide through the waves, enabling safety and comfort in even rough waters, Damen states.

The FCS 2710, launched in the European market in 2018, draws on the success of predecessor design, the FCS 2610. Damen increased the size of the design in order to offer greater flexibility, deck space, tank capacity, increased comfort and additional accommodation. A key element was the vessel’s increased tunnel height above the water, which enables it to operate in waters with over 2 meter significant wave height for considerably increased uptime.

Mark Honders, Manager Design & Licences said, “We are very pleased that the FCS 2710 has received this ABS approval in principle. The vessel has performed very well in European operations and has also received orders from Asia. We feel very confident in its suitability for operations in North American projects also.”

In January this year, UK-based High Speed Transfers welcomed its fourth FCS 2710. Taiwanese dredging and nearshore construction company Hung Hua Construction Co. Ltd. ordered two early 2019.  Last month, Damen delivered the first FCS 2710 in the Dutch market. The vessel was welcomed by shipping company Rederij Groen who already have three of Damen’s FCS 2610 in its fleet.