On March 4th at Damen Shipyards Singapore, Seaways International took delivery of two Damen Fast Crew Suppliers (FCS) 2206. The Dubai-headquartered company has previously operated a Damen FCS 3307. Seaways International specialises in offshore marine services and will use the new vessels to transport crew to offshore energy locations in West Africa.
Damen signed the contract with Seaways International on 9th of May 2018. The swiftness of the delivery is due to Damen’s philosophy of standardised 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 customise their proven design exactly as we needed it.”
Though part of the group’s standardised vessel portfolio, Damen has tailored Seaways International’s Fast Crew Suppliers 2206 including the addition of FiFi with a capacity of 600m3 per hour and a throw length of 85 metres, additional accommodation 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 Axe 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 honoured 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.
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