Damen Shipyards has announced this week the signing of a newbuild order from Hamburg-based Opus Marine for a “Twin Axe” Fast Crew Supplier (FCS). The FCS 2610, named Verdi, is being constructed at Damen Shipyards Singapore and will be the first Damen vessel in Opus Marine’s fleet.
Damen notes the order was signed on 24 February with an expected delivery date in mid-June 2015.
Opus’ Managing Director Bernhard Messer stated that the reputation of the FCS 2610 was instrumental in the company’s choice of vessel: “It is very well known on the market for its excellent performance. Furthermore, Damen is able to build the vessel in accordance with German regulations – which is important as she will be sailing under German flag in the North and Baltic Seas.”
About the FCS 2610:
The primary funnction of the FCS 2610 design is to facilitate the safe transfer of personnel onto platforms or wind turbines at wave heights of more than 2.5 meters.
- Speed: Max 26 knots
- Range: 1,200 nautical miles
- Class: Bureau Veritas, Workboat, Category 1
- Crane: 20 mt
- Cargo: 2×10? containers
- Dimensions: 26 x 10 meters
- Accommodations: 24 passengers
One of the custom options chosen by Opus was to increase the accommodation capacity from 12 to 24 people, a decision that was prompted by customer demand, says Messer.
Damen Sales Director North, West and South Europe Frank de Lange says, “Since we started building the FCS 2610 in 2011, the vessel has been widely adopted on the market. The Verdi has yard number 40, meaning that 40 vessels of this type have been built since then.”