One of the leading designers and builders of crew transfer vessels in Europe has unveiled a new designed aimed at the US offshore wind market.
Damen Shipyards Group’s new design, the fast crew supplier (FCS) 3410 service accommodation and transfer vessel, is derived from its successful series of Twin Axe bow designs. The Axe Bow is a patented design that allows the vessel to ‘cut’ through waves instead of slamming, providing improved seakeeping and onboard comfort.
The FCS 3410 further develops the Axe Bow and Damen Fast Crew Supplier concept, tailoring it to meet the requirements of the US market, as Damen sales manager US Daan Dijxhoorn explained.
“This vessel is well suited to numerous markets however, we have given it long endurance capability so that it can remain at sea for up to five days at a time – a requirement typically seen in US operations. To facilitate this, we have designed a vessel 6 m longer than previous FCS types, able to host more onboard personnel and accommodation.”
The FCS 3410 also draws on the successful Damen accommodation support vessel 9020, a walk-to-work vessel designed for transporting and providing accommodation for offshore personnel for up to a month.
The FCS 3410 would be built at an as yet undisclosed location in the US.