The FCS (Fast Crew Supplier) 1605 boats are built by Damen Shipyards Group for users in offshore oil and gas industry. More than 100 FCS 1605 boats are operational across the world.
Dredging and marine contractor Van Oord placed a contract in January 2015 for a new FCS 1605 along with a cutter section dredger (CSD 650), which was christened Ural River.
The FCS 1605 for Van Oord is scheduled to be delivered in April 2015. Van Oord will operate the vessel to transfer crew to perform dredging operations in the Caspian Sea providing support to the CSD 650 dredger.
Damen shipyards had delivered four FCS 1605 crew supply boats to Petroserve Holding in February 2012. Abu Dhabi national Oil Company had taken delivery of four 1605 boats in January 2011.
Design and tank capacities of Damen’s FCS 1605
Dredging and marine contractor, Van Oord placed an order with Damen shipyards for a new cutter suction dredger (CSD) in January 2015.
The FSC 1605 is made of light-weight, marine grade aluminium hull. The design incorporates a glass reinforced plastic (GRP) superstructure which is resiliently mounted on the aluminium hull to reduce vibrations and noise. The vessel is also fitted with air-conditioning and heating.
The sturdy design of the FSC 1605 makes it the most suitable and preferred workhorse for operation in offshore oil and gas industry.
The vessel has an overall length of 16.15m and beam of 5.4m. The depth at sides and the maximum draught are 1.85m and 0.85m respectively. The gross tonnage of the vessel is 24t.
The tanks aboard the vessel can hold 2m3 of fuel oil, 0.25m3 of fresh water and 0.10m3 of waste water.
FCS 1605 received the Bureau Veritas class notation +Hull MACH Special Service/ Fast Utility Vessel Coastal Area Sea Area 3.
Accommodation and safety features aboard the fast crew supplier boat
The FCS 1605 will offer accommodation to 29 passengers. Its wheelhouse includes one motion-damping seat and six coach-type seats whereas 23 seats and toilet are provided under the main deck. The passenger accommodation and the wheelhouse are equipped with air conditioning.
Safety and life saving equipment aboard the FSC 1605 include two life buoys, 30 life jackets, and two life rafts, each with a capacity to carry 16 persons.
Fire fighting equipment aboard includes a 2kg carbon-dioxide fire-fighting system and two 6kg dry powder fire protection systems.
Onboard deck equipment
Deck equipment onboard the FCS 1605 comprises of 24kg H.H.P (high holding power) anchor equipment and one foam fender to withstand impacts.
The deck spaces at the aft and forward of the vessel are 8.8m2 and 5.6m2 respectively. Ancillary equipment aboard the vessel includes an electric bilge pump of 24V.
Communication and navigational equipment
The navigation and communications are supported by Raytheon ST60 echo sounder and two Sailor RT 2048 Very high Frequency (VHF) radiotelephones.
The ship will be fitted with Ritchie Navigation Helmsman compass, two Furuno FR 1832 Mk 2 radars, Furuno GP 32 Global positioning System (GPS), Furuno FS-1562-15 SSB radio-telephone, and a Peach 500W 24V search light.
Engine and propulsion
The fast crew boat is powered by two Caterpillar C18 main engines, which have a rated power of 1,000bkW at 2,100 rotations per minute (rpm) each. It is also fitted with a generator set having a capacity of 12bkW/15kVA, 50Hz.
The engines, coupled with the twin disk Hydraulic Power Take Off (HPTO) 244 self adjusting hydraulically actuated gear box, drive two Rolls-Royce KaMeWa FF375S lightweight aluminium water jet propulsion units. The propulsion ensures the crew carrier vessel to attain a high speed of 30kt.