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Thursday, January 28, 2021 

Damen Shipyards Groupís new Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 7011 was launched into the water at Damen Shipyards Antalya, Turkey.

The vessel, claimed to represent a quantum leap forward in marine access solutions, is the result of close market consultation. To meet the needs of an offshore industry faced with consistently low oil prices, Damen developed the FCS 7011 as a cost-effective crew transportation alternative boasting robust safety characteristics.

Construction has continued throughout the coronavirus pandemic, with Damen implementing robust safety measures.

The vessel is the largest to have been launched in Antalya Free Zone. The launch involved two cranes which were transported by 50 trucks to settle on site since the current launching facility is under re-construction. Following completion of outfitting, the FCS 7011 will undergo sea trials before sailing to the Netherlands, where Ampelmann will install the gangway system, ready for fully-integrated proof of concept trials in the North Sea.

To cut the costs of crew transfer, the FCS 7011 offers the opportunity to transport up to 122 personnel in a single trip, increasing the efficiency of offshore operations. The design pays particular attention to on board comfort – in both transit and transfer. During transit, the vessel’s Sea Axe bow plays an important role, reducing slamming to a minimum. Meanwhile, the accommodation is located just aft of mid-ships – where pitching motions are experienced minimally. Damen has incorporated interceptors to the vessel’s aft to reduce both pitch and roll motions during sailing. Inside, passengers have luxurious reclining seating with excellent visibility that helps connect them to the sea, enabling them to adjust and reducing the potential for seasickness.

Damen has integrated numerous motion-compensating technologies to achieve an optimal transfer of oersonnel. This involves the Kongsberg DP system, the tailor-made Ampelmann gangway, VEEM gyrostabiliser, MTU main engines, Hamilton waterjets, Danfoss shaft generators and Veth bow thrusters.

Typically, each of these components would be applied individually. Damen’s approach – which has been thoroughly tested via scaled models and simulations – has been to focus on enhancing the interaction between each one, creating a tightly integrated advanced control system that allows each part to excel in its specific task. In line with this approach, the FCS 7011 will feature Damen Triton – a connected vessel platform. With sensors located around the vessel, the platform will collect information that will benefit operators, enabling remote monitoring, preventive maintenance and efficient sailing, resulting in lower fuel consumption and emissions.

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