Dubai based offshore services specialist Seaways International has taken delivery of two Damen Fast Crew Suppliers (FCS) 2206 in a hand-over ceremony held March 4 at Damen Shipyards Singapore.
Seaways International, which has previously operated a Damen FCS 3307, will use the new vessels to transport crew to offshore energy locations in West Africa.
Damen signed the contract for the two new vessels with Seaways International on May 9, 2018. Rapid delivery was made possible by Damen’s philosophy of standardized shipbuilding. Building vessels in series and for stock enables the group to deliver proven technology to its clients in the fastest possible timeframe.
Kush Nijhawan, Director of Seaways International said, “Having worked with Damen before, we felt very confident in returning to them for these Fast Crew Suppliers. Not only were Damen able to deliver the vessels to us very quickly, they were able to customize their proven design exactly as we needed it.”
Though the FCS 2206 is part of the group’s standardized vessel portfolio, Damen tailored the two new vessels to Seaways International requirements by adding a FiFi system with a capacity of 600 cu.m per hour and a throw length of 85 m, additional accommodations and crew facilities, business class seating, fuel monitoring and a full 3G WiFi system.
The vessels will carry up to 30 passengers as well as six crew.
Featuring Damen’s Sea Ax hull shape, the FCS 2206 provides optimal seakeeping at speeds of up to 30 knots.
Damen Sales Manager Hidde Nooteboom said, “We are very pleased to deliver these, the first two of a three vessel order, to Seaways International. We are honored by the trust Seaways International has placed in Damen to help support the expansion of their business. During the project we have enjoyed an excellent collaboration with the client’s project team, which has enabled us to develop an outstanding all-round crew supplier according to the highest standards.”
The vessels will be transported on a heavy-lift vessel to Luanda, Angola. The third vessel is currently under construction at Damen Shipyards Antalya, in Turkey and is scheduled for delivery in July.