Damen Shipyards Group signed a contract with High Speed Transfers (HST) for a Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 2710 during the Global Wind Summit in Hamburg.
This is HST’s second FCS 2710 since becoming the launching customer for the vessel type earlier this year. Damen delivered the first FCS 2710, HST Hudson, to the Swansea-based HST back in July.
The second vessel will be named HST Sofia and will be built to the same specifications as the first vessel.
”HST Hudson has exceeded all expectations in crew and passenger comfort with levels like this never experienced in the offshore wind sector. She has also proven, even in tough Irish Sea conditions, to be a level above the competition. Due to unprecedented demand, there are multiple possibilities for HST Sofia, which will be confirmed prior to the delivery. Our vision of a strong fleet of 2710 vessels is well underway,” HST Managing Director Tom Nevin said.
Compared to its predecessor, the FCS 2610, the FCS 2710 is said to deliver more flexibility, more tank capacity, greater deck space, increased comfort and more accommodation. Damen has achieved much of this by increasing the length and height of the vessel above water by 1 metre. The increased height enables the FCS 2710 to operate in wave heights over 2 metres.
Damen Sales Manager Arjen van Elk said: “We are delighted to receive this order so soon after the delivery of the first vessel. This signals to us that HST are satisfied with the FCS 2710 and that the vessel fulfills its role in enabling our clients to carry out their work successfully. We’re looking forward to continuing our relationship with HST going forwards.”