• 2021 January 28 11:33

    Damen launches FCS 7011

    On 21 th January, Damen Shipyards Group’s revolutionary Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 7011 was launched into the water at DAMEN Shipyards Antalya, Turkey, the company said in its release. The vessel, hailed as 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 has developed the FCS 7011 as a cost-effective crew transportation alternative boasting robust safety characteristics. The construction of the FCS 7011 has continued throughout the coronavirus pandemic, with DAMEN implementing robust measures to ensure the safety and well-being of all involved with the project.

    Due to the ongoing nature of the pandemic, the launch was a very low-scale event instead of the large celebration that would usually be held for such a momentous occasion. The vessel is the largest ever to have been launched in Antalya Free Zone. On top of that the launching was a very specific operation handled by two cranes which were transported by 50 trucks to settle on site since the current launching facility is under re-construction. Despite this, the launching remains a very important milestone in the development of the vessel and a significant step towards its completion.

    Following the conclusion of outfitting activities now taking place, the FCS 7011 will undergo seatrials off Antalya to test and demonstrate her capabilities. Following this, she will sail to the Netherlands, where Ampelmann will install their 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. This raises the prospect of a move away from day-rate structures towards a pay per journey model and, potentially, vessel sharing, thereby increasing the efficiency of offshore operations. The design of the FCS 7011 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.

    Integrated systems deliver optimal results To ensure that the theme of comfort continues during people transfer, DAMEN has integrated numerous motion-compensating technologies to achieve the optimal result. 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, resulting in a system greater than the sum of its parts. This will set new standards in the marine access market on a global scale.  Aiding efficiency with digital development In line with Damen’s aim of becoming the most digitalised shipbuilder, the FCS 7011 will also 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. 

    Damen Shipyards Group

    Damen Shipyards Group has been in operation for over ninety years and offers maritime solutions worldwide, through design, shipbuilding, ship repair and related services. DAMEN operates 36 shipyards in 18 countries and offers direct employment to more than 13,000 people. Damen’s values are fellowship, craftsmanship, entrepreneurship and stewardship. The company aims to be the most sustainable shipbuilder in the world, via digitalisation and standardisation of its products. Damen’s main activities are the design and serial construction of innovative ships by integrating diverse components and subsystems into high- quality platforms. These activities are supported by a worldwide sales and service network. DAMEN is also active in the repair and conversion of existing ships and the sale and production of components for the maritime industry.




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2021 February 26

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