The Fast Crew Supplier 2710 (FCS 2710) built by Damen Shipyards Group supports personnel and cargo transportation.

It can be deployed in survey missions, dive support operations, and guard duties.

Developed as a successor to FCS 2610, the vessel offers a range of advanced capabilities. The FCS 2710 was initially unveiled at the Seawork International Exhibition and Conference 2018 held in Southampton, UK, in July 2018.

Crew transfer vessel owner and operator High Speed Transfers (HST) placed an order with Damen for an FCS 2710 vessel named HST Hudson in July 2018. The firm placed an order for an additional vessel in September 2018.

FCS 2710 design and features

The FCS 2710 vessel incorporates the twin axe or catamaran sea axe hull integrating an aluminium superstructure. The enlarged tunnel clearance offers optimal sea-keeping performance and reduced fuel consumption.

The upgraded design enhances flexibility, tank capacity, deck space and comfort. The increased height of the hull further enables the vessel to operate in wave heights of more than 2m.

FCS 2710 is 26.8m-long with a depth of 4.3m along the sides, an overall beam of 10.8m, and a draught of 2.3m. It has an 80m² cargo deck, which is capable of handling a deck load of 1.5t/m².

Tanks on board the vessel can hold 29.6m³ of fuel oil, 3.3m³ of freshwater, 0.5m³ of sewage, and 0.4m³ of wastewater.

The vessel is equipped with two general service pumps and two fuel transfer systems, which are driven electrically.

FCS 2710 accommodation and deck equipment

The vessel has the capacity to accommodate up to ten crewmembers and 24 personnel. All accommodation areas are equipped with an air conditioning system with a capacity of 10,000 British thermal units per hour (BTU/hr). Internal spaces have lower noise and vibration levels and can be furnished with high-quality seating layouts.

The main deck features 24 luxury seats, crew cabins, wet gear room, storage spaces, mess room, and toilet. Reclining seats are available with a power and USB socket, reading light, and table.

“Internal communication equipment on board includes an intercom and loudhailer, a GMDSS A2 external communication system, and a weather system.”

A navigation console and a small crew mess area are featured on the bridge deck, whereas the lower deck houses crew and harbour cabins. The vessel is equipped with a super high-holding power anchor (SHHP) and a rubber D-type heavy duty bow fender.

FCS 2710 can be optionally equipped with a laundry facility, 18 luxury seats, six lay-by berths, and 15 business class seats based on the requirement of customers.

Other optional equipment includes a 6.9m³ liquid cargo tank, moonpool, 20t deck crane, rescue zone, fuel cargo system, and an additional searchlight.

Navigation and communication equipment

The FCS 2710 vessel is installed with navigation systems, including a magnetic compass, a global positioning system (GPS), a searchlight, an automatic identification system, an echo sounder, and an X-band radar.

Internal communication equipment on board includes an intercom and loudhailer, a GMDSS A2 external communication system, and a weather system.

The vessel can be optionally installed with a radar, electronic chart display and information system, chart plotter, differential GPS, satellite data communication, external communication GMDSS A3, Wi-Fi, and CCTV.

Engine and propulsion details

The vessel is equipped with two Caterpillar C32 TTA main engines, which develop a total power output of 2,162bkW. It also features two Reintjes ZWVSA series gearboxes, two fixed-pitch propellers, and two hydraulic bow thrusters of 64kW.

Hand-operated fire extinguishers and a fixed Fi-Fi system are available in the engine room.

FCS 2710 is also fitted with two generator sets with a capacity of 38ekW / 47.5kVA, 50Hz each.

The propulsion system provides a maximum speed of 25k and a range of 1,200nm at maximum speed.