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Tuesday, September 8, 2020 

Damen Shipyards Group has delivered a Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 2710 to Rederij Groen, the first delivery of its new FCS vessel in the Netherlands, taking less than six months from contract signing to vessel handover, which took place in Scheveningen.

The vessel has been named Green Waves. Rederij Groen, which has secured a contract to use the new vessel to undertake crew transfers for the oil and gas industry in Germany and Denmark, already operates 10 Damen vessels, including three of type Damen FCS 2610.

Like its predecessor, the FCS 2710 draws upon Damen’s Sea Axe hull – here in Twin Axe formation – to deliver safety and comfort, even in rough seas. The Sea Axe significantly reduces vertical slamming, enabling the vessel to glide through waves. Damen designed the FCS 2710 to offer more flexibility, greater deck space, more tank capacity, increased comfort and more accommodation. A key aspect of the improved comfort credentials is the vessel’s 1m increase in height above the water, enabling the FCS 2710 to operate in waters with over 2m wave height, considerably raising uptime. Although the vessel is just 1m longer than the FCS 2610, it is able to transport twice as many passengers – 26 personnel in its standard configuration. Damen has achieved this by creating a flush desk for the FCS 2710, maximising efficiency in space usage. In addition to the increased accommodation, this has enabled an increase in the size of the wheelhouse, whilst retaining 90m2 for cargo transportation.

The speed of delivery is due to Damen’s practice of building standardised vessels in series and for stock. The hull was already under construction at Damen Shipyards Antalya, Turkey.

Two of Rederij Groen's FCS 2610 vessels, Green Wind and Green Water, were refitted earlier in 2020 at Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld in preparation for the new contract.

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