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Thursday, October 31, 2019 

Damen Shipyards Group has handed over two more of its Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) vessels to UK-based operators MMS Offshore Renewables and High Speed Transfers (HST).

The FCS 2610 for MMS will be named MMS Superior and will be deployed in a variety of roles in the offshore renewables, oil and gas and marine civil engineering sectors. This will be the company's second FCS 2610.

Standardisation of the fleet was an important factor in deciding to purchase a second vessel. MMS marine manager Nick Brambles said: “One of the appealing factors of choosing another Damen vessel to add to our fleet was the standardisation of the vessel type and its equipment. Additionally, we see the FCS 2610 design’s versatility as a clear advantage.”

“We enjoyed working with Nick and the MMS Offshore team again,” said Damen’s UK sales manager Frederik van der Linde. “And it’s great to see two of our vessels contributing to a thriving offshore renewables hub for such an ambitious company.”

Delivery of a third FCS 2710 to HST took place at Damen Shipyards Antalya. Named HST Harri, she joins the HST Hudson, delivered in May 2018, and the HST Sofia, handed over in March this year. A fourth FCS 2710 to be named HST Euan, is currently nearing completion. HST Harri is booked to start on a five-year contract in the North Sea with wind farm operator MHI Vestas, where her duties will include delivering personnel and equipment to multiple sites.

The FCS 2710 is a development of the FCS 2610 design. While only 1m longer, it is capable of carrying 26 passengers, twice as many as the FCS 2610, and can operate in wave heights of more than 2m due to its extra freeboard.

Tom Nevin, CEO HST, said: “The HST family are delighted to have taken delivery of HST Harri and we look forward to the voyage from Turkey to the North Sea. The FCS 2710 has been well received in the market and we will continue to showcase the vessel and, with it, our company’s capabilities.”

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