Taiwan’s dredging company Hung Hua Construction (HHC) has placed an order for two of Damen Shipyards’ FCS 2710 fast crew supply vessels.

Damen Shipyards Singapore will be responsible for the construction of the vessels, which will be delivered early next year.

The 1m-long, twin-hulled FCS 2710 extends 1m higher above the waterline and will be able to operate in wave heights of more than 2m.

Damen Shipyards Group Asia-Pacific sales manager Michiel Hendrikx said: “We are very excited with this contract for the construction and delivery of these two, state-of-the-art vessels to Hung Hua Construction in Taiwan, and value the trust they have shown in Damen by placing this order with us.

“We are also confident that the market in Asia will have more demand for this type of vessel in the future and so we have decided to start series production of the FCS 2710 in Singapore with two more vessels to be ready for delivery in 2020.”

“It offers flexibility, increased tank capacity, greater usable deck space and more accommodation.”

FCS 2710 is capable of carrying twice as many personnel. It offers flexibility, increased tank capacity, greater usable deck space and more accommodation.

The vessels will feature additional changes to meet HHC’s specific demands to cater to local Taiwanese requirements.

Hung Hua Construction president assistant Polin Chen said: “We are pleased to announce our order of two Damen FCS 2710 CTVs, which will be the latest and most state-of-the-art design of CTV in Asia.

“Being the first private company to invest in offshore vessels in Taiwan, we, Hung Hua, are confident and determined to build up local capacity for Taiwan’s offshore wind industry.”