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Monday, June 24, 2019 

Two and a half years on from the genesis of Damen's FCS 7011 concept in response to extensive feedback from the offshore energy sector, the build of the first of this new design has begun at Damen Shipyards Antalya, Turkey.

This milestone, the result of many thousands of hours of discussions, development work, engineering and cross-industry collaboration, was marked by a traditional keel-laying ceremony held at the yard. 70m in length, the new vessel will be the largest monohull vessel to be built in aluminium by Damen and is scheduled for launch in August 2020. A prospective client can realistically look forward to delivery by the end of that year.

The FCS 7011 promises to offer greater efficiencies through its ability to carry larger numbers of personnel – up to 250 – greater distances – 200nm and more – at speeds of up to 40 knots. The integration of technologies including stabilisers, active interceptors and marine access systems will ensure that the personnel on board are delivered safely, well rested and ready for immediate work. While the design of the vessel allows it to operate in a wider range of weather conditions than conventional fast crew vessels, its capacity, speed and range means that multiple offshore installations can be served in a single round trip, thereby delivering substantial savings in time and operational costs.

Developed in close cooperation with the offshore energy sector, as the concept becomes reality, interest in operating and chartering is building from both the oil & gas and renewables sectors. Momentum for exactly this type of vessel is growing rapidly as the oil majors recognise the benefits to be gained by scaling up crew deliveries in terms of size, serviceability, flexibility and safety.  Customer interest is such that Damen expects that within a few years a number of FCS 7011 vessels will be operating on both sides of the Atlantic and elsewhere.

Damen Shipyards Antalya has experience of high-speed craft in both composites and aluminium, including larger passenger vessels, with recent projects including a 55m fast ro-pax and a yacht support vessel.

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