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Friday, May 28, 2021 

Offshore logistics service provider Opus Marine has named a new Damen Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 2710 at Cuxhaven, where the vessel, ‘Allegro’, will begin immediate operations transporting technicians to wind farms offshore.

The Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 2710 is the first of its kind to fly the German flag. Opus Marine will place the vessel, built by Damen Shipyards in Antalya, within its existing fleet, consisting of six vessels for the offshore wind industry in the North and Baltic seas. Opus Marine placed the order for the vessel in December 2020, with Damen’s philosophy of building standard vessels in series, enabling fast delivery. The FCS 2710 was already under construction when the order was placed.

Opus Marine became part of the Zeitfracht Group in mid-2018. The company offers specialised transport services for the offshore industry with a wide range of maritime transport services.

Among the company’s fleet is Verdi – a Damen FCS 2610, a predecessor of the FCS 2710, of which about 50 examples have been built. The FCS 2710 builds on the success of this. It features the same Twin-Axe bow, which ensures safe and comfortable transport even in rough seas. A key feature is that the ship is 1m higher above the water than the predecessor vessel. This means that the FCS 2710 can be used in weather conditions with a wave height of over 2m, significantly increasing the operational window. The FCS 2710 offers additional deck space, more tank capacity and additional accommodation.

The Damen Shipyards Group was the first address for Opus Marine when it wanted to expand its fleet. Bernhard Messer, MD Opus Marine, said: “We saw no reason to change this winning team. The goal is to provide our customers with the best crew transfer service – using only the best ships. When the going gets tough, Damen has proven itself to be an impressively reliable partner, characterised by excellent back office services and consistently high-quality technical support. We are happy to welcome the Allegro as our newest vessel and with the further successful cooperation with Damen.”

Damen sales manager Joschka Boddeling said: “We are very happy that one of our ships has been named again today. The collaboration with Opus Marine in Germany began in 2015 with the delivery of one of the first FCS 2610 vessels for 24 passengers. We appreciate this partnership very much and wish Bernhard and his team success with Allegro.”

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