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Thursday, November 15, 2018 

Damen Shipyards Group has handed over four new Fast Crew Suppliers (FCS) 2610 to Allianz Middle East Ship Management. The four FCS vessels have been equipped with hydraulically operated bow gangways the first of their kind.

Damen developed the gangways in cooperation with oil majors and vessel operators. They are adjustable and can facilitate safe crew transfer at any offshore structure with access between 0.5m and 2m in height. The 26m long Fast Crew Suppliers were modified at Albwardy Damen to meet the operational requirements of the Middle East. At the same time, the gangways were installed and the accommodation was prepared so that it could host 50+ persons on board.

The handover took place between Ahmed T. Khalil, general manager of Allianz, Menno Kuyt, MD Maritime Craft Services (MCS) and Pascal Slingerland, Damen regional sales director. MCS, an experienced UK-based crew transfer operator, is cooperating with Allianz in this project.

Khalil said: “We are convinced that these new boats are contributing to providing our valued client ADNOC with a safe and enhanced logistic services solution.”

Slingerland said: “The FCS 2610 was originally developed for crew transfer in the North Sea offshore industry, but has gone on proven its capabilities on numerous occasions with oil majors in the Middle East region. The further customisation of these vessels will ensure their suitability to meet the requirements, both of the client and of operating in the region. On behalf of Damen, I congratulate Allianz Middle East Ship Management on the delivery of these new additions to their fleet, alongside a number of other Damen vessels.”

Allianz has also recently taken delivery of a Damen Multi Cat 3013, built at Albwardy Damen, as well as a Shoalbuster 3209 from Damen Marine Services. The newly delivered FCS 2610 vessels will undertake work in the ADMA oil field in Abu Dhabi. 

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