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Friday, January 29, 2021 

Damen Shipyards Group has placed an order with Western Australia-based marine stabiliser company Veem for a VG1000SD Gyrostabiliser, to be fitted by Damen Services to one of Naviera Integralís Fast Crew Suppliers (FCS) 5009.

Damen Services will provide the required engineering and supervision of installation. The vessel, one of 15 Damen FCS 5009 vessels in Naviera Integral’s fleet, operates in the Gulf of Mexico. The incorporation of the 20t Veem unit will reduce roll motions significantly, enabling the vessel to operate with optimal speed and efficiency in rough seas.

Marcel van Hemert, Damen account manager, said: “Installing the stabilisers to the FCS 5009 will considerably increase comfort for those on board. Additionally, the vessel will be able to operate in harsher weather conditions, maximising uptime. We are very confident that integration of gyrostabilisers to marine access solutions has a promising future. This paves the way for marine access farther from shore to become a more relevant and practical solution, making offshore transfers both safer and more cost-efficient.”

The use of a Veem Gyrostabiliser on a Damen Fast Crew Supplier has already been proven. In 2018, twin Veem VG260SD stabilisers were fitted to an FCS 5009 and tested in the North Sea. During trials, the simple effects of switching the stabilisers on and off very clearly demonstrated their success; roll motion of the vessel was reduced by between 35 and 40% in DP mode.

As a result of this trial, Damen is currently installing a VG1000DS stabiliser to its forthcoming FCS 7011 vessel, currently under construction at Damen Shipyards Antalya, Turkey. Veem typically produces gyrostabilisers for motor yachts, fast ferries, workboats and naval vessels. The installation of the stabilisers to Damen’s FCS 7011 and 5009 vessels marks the first time this technology has been used in the offshore supply sector.

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