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Friday, November 15, 2019 

Hung Hua Construction of Taiwan has ordered a third Damen Fast Crew Supplier (FCS), to the FCS 2610 design, to add to the two FCS 2710 vessels ordered at the start of the year.

The contract was signed by the two parties at the start of September 2019 and, with the vessel already in stock at Damen Shipyards Singapore, it will be delivered during November following finishing and some customisation. It will be the company’s first operational vessel.

The FCS 2610 has been proven itself in the challenging waters of the North Sea, Middle East and other locations. A catamaran design featuring Damen’s Twin Axe bow, it is designed to carry up to 12 personnel plus crew, along with equipment and light cargo, at speeds of over 25 knots.

In early 2020, Hung Hua’s FCS 2610 will be joined by the two Damen FCS 2710 crew transfer vessels (CTVs), and Hung Hua reportedly has strong intentions to add another two FCS 2710 vessels to the fleet by summer. The vessels will be operated by Dong Fang Offshore (DFO), a fully owned subsidiary of Hung Hua Construction. A memorandum of understanding has been signed with UK-based High Speed Transfers (HST) to cooperate on the provision of crew transfer services for the offshore wind market in Asia. HST already operates a growing fleet of Damen FCS 2710 vessels and phase one of the agreement is the establishment of a comprehensive safety management system for the vessels and initiating training in Europe and Taiwan for the locally based crews.

"The FCS 2610 will be the first CTV of our future offshore fleet,” said Polin Chen, MD DFO. “It is also a significant milestone for Hung Hua and Dong Fang Offshore as it firmly commits us to the offshore wind industry in Asia. We wish to contribute to the sustainable green energy industry of offshore wind in Asia with our market-leading fleet. It is also an honour to cooperate with HST, a professional and pioneering company in the CTV sector in Europe. With their experience and the support of Hung Hua, DFO will steadily develop its service, operations and fleet and crew planning.”

HST CEO Tom Nevin said: “We are really pleased to form this partnership with Hung Hua and DFO and believe they have all the ingredients to flourish in the offshore wind market. Hung Hua has a great history with an impressive track-record of projects, a comprehensive local footprint and an exciting new-building programme.”

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