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Friday, January 29, 2021 

Damen Shipyards Group has delivered two Fast Crew Suppliers (FCS) 2710, 'Falcon No 5' and 'Falcon No 6', to Hung Hua Construction in Taiwan, to join two other Damen FCS 2710 vessels and an FCS 2610 in the companys fleet.

Like the previous vessels, Falcon No 5 and Falcon No 6 will be operated by Dong Fang Offshore (DFO), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hung Hua Construction. The vessels serve the local offshore wind industry currently being developed in Taiwan. Damen built the latest two vessels during the challenging times presented by the global coronavirus pandemic. As a result of the yard's safety measures, the construction of the vessels was able to continue. Damen took steps to ensure their arrival in Taiwan in time for the start of the offshore work season, by transporting the Falcon No 5 and Falcon No 6 on a heavy lift vessel – faster than sailing the vessels on their own keel. Following their arrival, the vessels are undergoing final preparations ready to commence work in March.

“We are pleased to see Falcon No. 5 and Falcon No 6 joining our fleet in the beginning of 2021. Throughout 2020,  the FCS 2710 has proven its workability and efficiency on the west coast of Taiwan during rough sea conditions. We hope to continue to capitalise on this advantage as we are confident that we will gain a strong foothold in this segment,” said Polin Chen, DFO Operations Director.

Damen sales director Asia Pacific, Michiel Hendrikx, said: “It’s good to see these two vessels joining the Hung Hua Construction fleet. We see this repeat order as confirmation of the FCS designs’ capability to meet market requirements. We see strong potential for growth in the region, with numerous projects planned in Taiwanese and Asian waters in the coming years.”

Damen has already started work on the construction of two further FSC 2710 vessels at its Damen Song Cam Shipyard in Vietnam.

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