Damen Shipyards Group’s Fast Crew Supplier 2710 has received an approval in principle from ABS. This is an important step towards Damen’s next generation Crew Transfer Vessel (CTV) being used to support the developing US offshore wind industry.

To achieve the approval, Damen has modified the design of its standard Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 2710 to meet the US requirements. Waterjets are now incorporated, driven by engines that are compliant with US Environmental Protection Agency regulations.

The FCS 2710, with a length overall of 26.8 metres, is well suited to the tough operating conditions on the US Atlantic coast. Its size ensures the vessel’s capability to continue operating during the winter period, when smaller vessels will need to power down or even remain in port.

Increased uptime

The FCS 2710 has already proven its capabilities in the European offshore wind arena. The FCS 2710 draws on the success of its predecessor, the FCS 2610. Damen increased the size of the design in order to offer greater flexibility, deck space, tank capacity, increased comfort and additional accommodation. When Damen unveiled the FCS 2710, a key element was the vessel’s increased tunnel height above the water, which enables it to operate in waters with over 2 metres significant wave height for considerably increased uptime.

The vessel features a Sea Axe hull form – here in Twin Axe formation – to deliver safety and comfort even in rough waters. The Sea Axe reduces vertical accelerations by enabling the vessel to glide through the waves.

‘We are very pleased that the FCS 2710 has received this ABS approval in principle,’ says Mark Honders, Manager Design & Licences. ‘The vessel has performed very well in European operations and has also received orders from Asia. We feel very confident in its suitability for operations in North American projects also. Damen has the goal of becoming the world’s most sustainable shipbuilder and we are very proud to contribute to the production of renewable energy around the world with our products.’