Damen has received a contract from Cornwall-based Windwave Workboats to deliver its Twin Axe Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 2008 for the first time.
A smaller version of Damen’s FCS 2610 vessel, the Twin Axe FCS 2008, has been designed to operate further offshore in harsh weather conditions, while maintaining safe, comfortable conditions for those on-board.
Windwave Workboats commercial director Peter Scriven said: “In recent years, vessel designs have been pushing what can be achieved within the 24m load line limit.
“The Damen FCS 2610 was a game changer when it was first introduced and kick started the trend for larger boats, and is still the preferred large boat option, as can be seen by their demand in the North Sea,” Scriven said.
“Our clients have had a lot of success in using them; however it is too large for some operations. In response, Damen have now developed the FCS 2008, which makes it the obvious choice for our applications.”
As per Windwave Workboats’ requirements, Damen FCS 2008 will be fitted-out with two cabins with three bunks in the hulls for on-board accommodation in the harbour.
Damen will also install a crane on the foredeck and the railing will be altered to create more space.
Set for an official launch in June at Seawork International, the 20m by 8m aluminium, high-speed FCS 2008 vessel can transfer personnel and light cargo as well as carry two 10ft containers on the stern and bow.
The Bureau Veritas-classed vessel is powered by two MTU engines (1930 BHP), it can travel at a speed of 24.5k and accommodate 12 passengers on deck level.
Image: First contract for new type of Damen Twin Axe catamaran. Photo: courtesy of Damen Shipyards Group.