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Tuesday, October 13, 2020 

Damen Shipyards Group's Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 2710 has received an approval in principle (AiP) from ABS; which the copany says represents an important step towards Damenís next generation CTV (Crew Transfer Vessel) being used to support the developing US offshore wind industry.

To achieve the AiP, Damen modified the design of the standard FCS 2710 to meet US requirements. Waterjets are now incorporated, driven by engines that are compliant with US EPA regulations. The FCS 2710 is thought to be suited to the tough operating conditions on the US Atlantic coast. Its size ensures the vessel’s capability to continue operating during the winter period, when smaller vessels will need to power down or even remain in harbour.

The FCS 2710 has already proven its capabilities in the European offshore wind arena. The FCS 2710 draws on the success of the predecessor FCS 2610 design, the increased size offering greater flexibility, deck space, tank capacity, increased comfort and additional accommodation. A key element is the vessel’s increased tunnel height above the water, which enables it to operate in waters with over 2m significant wave height for considerably increased uptime.

The vessel features Damen’s Sea Axe hull form – here in Twin Axe formation – to deliver safety and comfort even in rough waters, by reducing vertical acceleration and enabling the vessel to glide through waves.

Mark Honders, Manager Design and 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. Damen has the goal of becoming the world’s most sustainable shipbuilder and we are very proud to contribute to the production of renewable energy around the world with our products.”

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