On 26th September, Damen Shipyards Group signed a contract with High Speed Transfers (HST) during WindEnergy Hamburg for a Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 2710. This is HST’s second FCS 2710 since becoming the launching customer for the vessel type earlier this year.
The FCS 2710 builds on the success of its predecessor, Damen’s FCS 2610. The new design is upgraded 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, greatly extending operability.
HST is a relatively new entrant to the offshore transfers sector. Based in Swansea, Wales, the company is led by three experienced offshore industry operatives, Chris Monan, Tom Nevin, and Ian Oxford. Damen delivered the first FCS 2710, HST Hudson, to HST back in July, during the Seawork exhibition in Southampton. HST Hudson was named for Hudson Nevin, eldest son of director Tom. Following in this tradition, the second vessel will be named HST Sofia, for the eldest daughter of director Chris Monan. Damen will build HST Sofia to the same specifications as the first vessel.
Tom Nevin said, “We are delighted to be taking delivery of the second FCS 2710, the HST Sofia. She will be a sister vessel to our vessel HST Hudson, which we have been operating since July this year. 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.”
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.”