2019 January 21 17:06
Damen and High Speed Transfers Ltd (HST) have signed a contract for a third FCS 2710 fast crew supply vessel, for delivery in September this year. The FCS 2710 is the replacement for Damen’s highly successful FCS 2610 and was first shown to the world in July 2018 with HST as the lead customer. Effectively a complete redesign bringing with it a range of new capabilities and features, the FCS 2710 is capable of carrying twice as many passengers - 26 - as its predecessor and is also able to operate in wave heights of more than two metres due to an extra metre of freeboard.
This latest addition to the HST fleet, to be named HST Harri, will join the HST Hudson, delivered in July 2018, and the HST Sofia, which is scheduled for delivery in March 2019. Like the HST Sofia, the HST Harri will incorporate a few small layout changes to the working areas but otherwise the original specification remains unchanged. Based in Swansea, Wales, HST is a recent entrant to the crew transfer market but is led by a highly experienced management team with extensive experience in the offshore transfer sector. Since its formation, the business has been doing well.
“The Hudson is just about to start its next project with the same client, this time in Belgium,” says managing director Tom Nevin. “Having completed its project in the Irish Sea successfully the client has decided it wants to keep the vessel so it’s starting a new project on the 1 st of February. “We are really happy to be adding another vessel to our fleet,” he continues, “and it’s been a great experience so far operating for us and our clients, and it’s been very well received in the wider market. Its performance has exceeded all of our expectations and so we are extremely happy to be buying a third vessel and are eager to get it into the market.”
“We’re delighted that HST has had so much success with the HST Hudson and that it has been well received by their customers,” added Arjen van Elk, DAMEN Sales Manager for the UK and Ireland. “With three orders within a year they are turning their ambitions into reality even quicker than we could have imagined.”
Damen Shipyards Group operates 35 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 12,000 people worldwide. DAMEN has delivered more than 6,000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 160 vessels annually to customers worldwide.
Based on its unique, standardised ship-design concept DAMEN is able to guarantee consistent quality. Damen’s focus on standardisation, modular construction and keeping vessels in stock leads to short delivery times, low ‘total cost of ownership’, high resale values and reliable performance.
Furthermore, DAMEN vessels are based on thorough R&D and proven technology. DAMEN offers a wide range of products, including tugs, workboats, naval and patrol vessels, high speed craft, cargo vessels, dredgers, vessels for the offshore industry, ferries, pontoons and superyachts. For nearly all vessel types DAMEN offers a broad range of services, including maintenance, spare parts delivery, training and the transfer of (shipbuilding) know-how. DAMEN also offers a variety of marine components, such as nozzles, rudders, winches, anchors, anchor chains and steel works.
Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC) has a worldwide network of eighteen repair and conversion yards of which twelve are located in North West Europe. Facilities at the yards include more than 50 floating and (covered) drydocks, the largest of which is 420 x 90 metres, as well as slopes, ship lifts and indoor halls. Projects range from the smallest simple repairs through Class’ maintenance to complex refits and the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DSC completes around 1,300 repair and maintenance jobs annually, both at yards as well as in ports and during voyage.