Northern Offshore Services has taken delivery of its first Damen Twin Axe, just weeks after the order was placed in August. The 26-metre Fast Crew Supplier is already being deployed at an offshore wind farm in the North Sea.
A leading crewboat operator, Northern Offshore Services has offices in Sweden and Denmark and a fleet of nearly 20 vessels. The company specialises in the safe and reliable transport of personnel and equipment to the offshore (wind) industry and is a new customer for Damen.
Martijn Smit, Damen Sales Manager Europe, comments: “We are delighted to deliver the new FCS to Northern Offshore Services and because we build these vessels for stock we could deliver very quickly – actually within five weeks - of the order being placed.”
Northern Offshore Services appreciated our ability to facilitate their delivery in a short time as well as the high performance of the Twin Axe, he adds.
The new vessel is sailing under the Danish flag. She left Damen Shipyards Gorinchem (NL) to travel to Esbjerg in Denmark on September 16 in particularly bad weather, but despite the stormy conditions still managed average speeds of 18 knots.
The Damen Twin Axe is derived from an extensive research and development programme for the optimisation of seakeeping and manoeuvrability whilst carrying out offshore operations. The intorduction of this vessel type was a significant step forward from more conventional seagoing High Speed Vessels, due to the characteristics of its hull form, which ensures low resistance, a high sustainable speed in waves and superior seakeeping. This in turn, leads to lower fuel consumption.
A few more short videos of this vessel type is available at youtube.com: