Netherlands-based shipbuilder Damen has added a new model to its range of fast crew supply vessels.
The FCS 2710 is 26.8 m long, has a beam of 10.8 m and a depth of 4.3 m. The vessel has 30 dwt and an 80 m2 deck area, with a Heila HLM 20-2S foldable deck crane.
There is capacity for 26 passengers and a crew of eight. The vessel has a range of 200 miles at its maximum speed of 25 knots.
It features a twin aluminium Sea Axe hull design that experiences lower water resistance than other hullforms, cutting fuel usage by 20% and reducing emissions.
Propulsion options include conventional shaft, water jet, Volvo inboard performance system and Voith linear drives.
The new class adds a metre in height and length to its predecessor, the FCS 2610, which was introduced in 2011. As well as increasing hull volume, this allows the vessel to handle waves of up to 2 m, meaning it can operate in harsher weather conditions. It also carries twice as many passengers as the FCS 2610. Damen says the vessel has a 10-week turnaround time from order placement to delivery.
With input from Vattenfall, Siemens and Eon, the FCS 2710 is designed with the offshore oil and gas, survey and renewables sectors in mind.
The first vessel, HST Hudson, was delivered in July 2018 to Swansea, UK-based High Speed Transfers Ltd (HSTL) and was officially named at the Seawork International show in Southampton.
HSTL’s managing director, Tom Nevin, said the company is aiming to build a fleet of four to six FCS 2710s. It currently operates in the offshore sector in UK and German waters.