High Speed Transfers welcomes fourth Damen FCS 2710

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Damen Shipyards has delivered a new Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 2710 to High Speed Transfers (HST) Ltd. The vessel, named HST Euan, is the fourth FCS 2710 to be welcomed by the UK-based company. Her first assignment will be with MHI Vestas on a five-year contract next month. She will join HST Harri in transporting personnel and equipment between Ostend and the company’s various sites in the North Sea.

The HST Euan was built at Damen Shipyards Antalya in Turkey and joins the HST Hudson (June 2018), HST Sofia (March 2019) and HST Harri (October 2019). There are only 18 months between the delivery of the first and latest vessel. The HST Eua replicates the features and layout of her sister vessels. These include capacity for 26 passengers in safety and comfort and the ability to operate in wave heights of more than two metres. Other advances on the predecessor to the FCS 2710, the FCS 2610, include more flexibility, more tank capacity and greater deck space.

“2019 was very much a year of growth,” says Tom Nevin, CEO of HST, “and we are carrying that momentum forward into 2020. We are in discussions with Damen regarding not only additional crew transfer vessels but also multi-purpose vessels such as Multi Cats. This would be a degree of diversification for us, opening up activities such as cable laying and maintenance, trench support and marine civil engineering using the larger, DP2 Multi Cats for maximum versatility. This would allow us to offer a broader range of services to our clients.”

The company is also supporting the Damen FCS 2610 and 2710 newbuilds in Taiwan for Hung Hua Construction with crew training in Europe and sea trials out on location. “Generally, we are looking to refine our service offerings and look more towards sustainable shipping,” concludes Tom Nevin.” Source: Damen