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Monday, November 26, 2018 

Damen Shipyards Group has recently announced a new design. The Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 3410 service accommodation and transfer vessel (SATV) contains design features that ensure its suitability for operations in the developing offshore wind market in North America, building on the company's designs for the European renewables market.

The design features the Damen Twin Axe bow, based on Damen's patented design that allows the vessel to cut through waves instead of slamming, significantly improves seakeeping and onboard comfort. The FCS 2610 optimised this seakeeping behaviour by combining the Axe Bow with a catamaran hull form.

The FCS 2610 was heralded as a game changer in the offshore renewables industry in Europe and went on to sell over 45 vessels. Damen has recently developed this theme further with the FCS 2710 – a new FCS vessel 1m longer than its predecessor and, significantly, with an additional 1m in water clearance, enabling the extended safe operational windows.

The FCS 3410 further develops this theme, tailoring the concept to meet the requirements of the emerging US offshore renewables market, as Daan Dijxhoorn, Damen sales manager US explained: “This vessel is well suited to numerous markets, however, we have given it long endurance capability so that it can remain at sea for up to five days at a time – a requirement typically seen in US operations. To facilitate this we have designed a vessel 6m longer than previous FCS types, able to host more on board personnel and accommodation.”

The FCS 3410 draws on the successful Damen Accommodation Support Vessel 9020, a walk-to-work vessel designed for transporting and providing accommodation for offshore personnel for up to a month. Dijxhoorn continued: "There’s a real sense that offshore wind is building momentum. The Black Island Wind Farm off Rhode Island is still the only wind farm in operation off the coast of the USA nearly two years after it opened, but a number of states are pushing ahead with their own plans for offshore renewable energy development.”

The FCS 3410 would be built on location in the United States. For many years, US partner yards have built Damen designs at domestic locations, providing American ship owners with access to Damen’s designs while complying with the requirements of the Jones Act. This process, known as Damen Technical Cooperation, ranges from simple licensing up to the delivery of full materials package, including technical support.

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