DISCOVER Magazine #7

And more … Fast Crew Suppliers

Published in category: Markets

Naviera Integral selects new Fast Crew Supplier 4008 vessels for PEMEX crew transfers
Mexican offshore support company Naviera Integral has ordered two Damen FCS 4008 vessels, the hulls of which are currently being built at Damen Shipyards Kozle, in Poland. The two vessels, the first of their kind, will be used by Naviera Integral to carry out crew transfer operations in Mexico for PEMEX. The company currently operates ten Damen FCS 5009 vessels, three Stan Tender 4307 vessels and four Stan Tender 4709 vessels. When it was looking to replace the older Stan Tenders, Naviera Integral’s positive experience with the FCS 5009 prompted the company to approach Damen. At that moment, the design of a steel hulled FCS 4008 was just getting underway at the High Speed Craft department of Damen. This coincided nicely and the order was placed at the end of October 2014, with delivery scheduled for the first half of next year. At the same time, Damen is constructing a third FCS 4008 as a Security vessel. This vessel is being built on stock and is aimed at the Nigerian market. It will include FiFi 1, ballistic protection and a RIB for rapid access to hard-to-reach places. Damen has plans to build further FCS 4008 vessels on stock, at Damen Song Cam Shipyard, Vietnam.

Van Oord sees composite advantages for Fast Crew Supplier 1605
Van Oord has signed a contract for the first composite (glass fibre reinforced epoxy) Fast Crew Supply Vessel, a Damen FCS 1605 FRP. Damen Marine Services originally commissioned the building of the vessel, so as to demonstrate the effectiveness of this popular, semi-Axe Bow design in composite form. The concept proved immediately successful, with Van Oord quickly announcing interest. The entire building and outfitting of the vessel is being carried out by Damen’s dedicated composites yard, Damen Shipyards Antalya, in Turkey. The FCS 1605 FRP can carry up to 30 people. Stock wheelhouses and decks for the same hull platform are being built to facilitate rapid delivery times also for Stan Patrol and Stan Pilot versions. The composite design offers a triangulation of benefits – a 10% reduction in both weight and cost price compared to the older aluminium FCS 1605, and a production-friendly design.

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