28 July 2015

Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam has a decade-long relationship with the family-run Groen Offshore, Guard & Support, having built seismic research vessels and completing a majority of the company’s repairs in the past.  Recently, the two parties were united again in an event marking the naming of the newly purchased Damen Twin Axe Fast Crew Supplier 2610 to be customised with offshore oil and gas standby capabilities.

Named after the 10-year old granddaughter of Groen’s Managing Director, the official handover of the Merel-G  took place on 24 July. The vessel will be deployed on long-term charter for Wintershall in the Dutch and Danish sections of the North Sea. She will have two primary functions; Semi-standby activities and crew transfer operations to and from Wintershall platforms.

The combination of superior seakeeping and the position of the wheelhouse result in the highest possible level of operability for the first Twin Axe FCS that will work in the oil and gas industry as opposed to offshore wind.

Groen Offshore, Guard & Support has over 40 years of experience in the offshore industry. Founded in 1973, with three vessels for the sport fishing and recreation business in the North Sea, Groen transitioned to the offshore industry in 1980 and is now specialised in guard and seismic support vessels – five of which were built at Maaskant. Operations were initially exclusive to the North Sea but have now expanded worldwide with a modern fleet of 27 vessels and 37-chartered vessels.



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