German vessel operator Opus Marine GmbH has held a naming ceremony in Cuxhaven for Allegro, a new Damen Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 2710.
Allegro is the first vessel of its kind to fly the German flag. Opus Marine will place the vessel within its existing fleet, consisting of six vessels for the offshore wind industry in the North and Baltic seas.
Opus Marine placed the order for the vessel in December last year.
The FCS 2710 was already under construction at Damen’s yard in Antalya, Turkey, when the order came.
Opus marine also has a Damen FCS 2616 – Verdi – in its fleet.
Bernhard Messer, Managing Director of Opus Marine, said: ”We saw no reason to change this winning team. The goal is to provide our customers with the best crew transfer service – using only the best ships. When the going gets tough, Damen has proven itself to be an impressively reliable partner, characterized by excellent back office services and consistently high-quality technical support. We are happy to welcome the Allegro as our newest vessel and with the further successful cooperation with Damen.”
The FCS 2710 features the same Twin-Axe bow as its predecessor. A key feature is that this model is one metre higher above the water than the 2610 model. This means that the FCS 2710 can be used in weather conditions with a wave height of over two metres, significantly increasing the operational window. The FCS 2710 also offers additional deck space, more tank capacity and additional accommodation, Damen said.
Damen sales manager Joschka Boddeling said: ”We are very happy that one of our ships has been named again today. The collaboration with Opus Marine in Germany began in 2015 with the delivery of one of the first FCS 2610 vessel for 24 passengers. We appreciate this partnership very much and wish Bernhard and his team success with Allegro.”