Allianz Middle East Ship Management and MCS choose Damen FCS 2610 for their new joint venture
After several years working together in the Middle East market, Allianz Middle East Ship Management (AME) and Maritime Craft Services (MCS) decided to join forces and invest in a jointly owned vessel, choosing a Damen Fast Crew Supplier 2610.
Allianz Middle East Ship Management is headquartered in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and specialises in marine transportation services for the offshore oil & gas and construction industry.
MCS, which is a Scottish based company, actively operates an international fleet of tugs and workboats in a wide range of sectors that includes dredging support, marine construction and crew transfer operations. MCS is well established in the North Sea and has also been operating in the Middle East for more than 10 years.
“Allianz Middle East Ship Management has been managing MCS vessels in the region for the last 3 years. But, in the autumn of last year, we intensified our cooperation by opting to invest in our own vessels,” says Ahmed T. Khalil, the founder and General Manager of Allianz Middle East Ship Management.
“Given the regional experience of both our companies, we identified that operators are looking for reliable crew transfer vessels, with economic fuel consumption.” Mr Khalil emphasises:
Clients are not looking for the cheapest option – meaning that it is crucial to provide quality, safe, and stable vessels in the offshore industry in order to serve our clients to their required standards – but they also want faster vessels with higher fuel efficiency.
MCS has significant experience in operating Damen vessels. In addition to the Fast Crew Supplier 2610, MCS currently operates eight Damen units in the North Sea. This led MCS and AME to choose Damen and its FCS 2610 for their first joint venture vessel. MCS Allianz Venus entered service in November last year, just days after it was delivered.
Damen’s FCS 2610 has already proven its capabilities in the North Sea. The vessel operates at 25 knots and provides safe and swift passenger and cargo transfers. The vessel is renowned for its seakeeping ability, which makes it much more comfortable for passengers, ensuring that offshore personnel reach their destination fit and ready for work. The vessel was available direct from stock, hence Damen was able to ensure a rapid delivery, even with a few adaptations to make it client compliant for the Abu Dhabi oil and gas fields.
Alternative to helicopter transfers
The most significant modification was made to the passenger accommodation, which was increased to 50 persons. With a capacity for 50, the FCS 2610 is a cost effective and safe way to carry out crew transfer operations and it represents a viable alternative to helicopter transfers.
Given the current challenges in the industry, companies are looking to obtain cost efficiencies and helicopter transfers are very expensive. We believe the FCS provides a better alternative for those seeking to reduce their helicopter costs,
adds Mr Khalil.
The MCS Allianz Venus has a 90 m2 deck space, which provides ample space to accommodate two, 20-foot containers. The outfitting also included upgrading the 5-man crew accommodation to allow for extended offshore duties. Modifications also took place to ensure the vessel could cope with the soaring temperatures in the region. A second MCS-Allianz FCS 2610 is due to arrive on April 21 and this vessel will also be deployed immediately on a 1-year contract. Allianz Marine Services LLC and its sister company, Allianz Middle East Ship Management LLC operates more than 60 vessels in the UAE, Qatar, Egypt, India and soon in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. The company achieved a turnover of over US $ 100 million in 2016.
Mr Khalil is certain there will be more opportunities in the oil and gas market given the current economic challenges, with companies looking to consolidate and make cost savings that benefit their business.