Dutch shipping firm Damen Shipyards Group has received an order for four more FCS 2610 Twin Axe vessels, two each from Marineco UK of Scotland and Sure Wind.

Marineco will use the FCS 2610 Twin Axe vessels, which will be delivered in 2014, to serve its offshore wind activities such as to provide fuel supplies, carry out survey work, diving and support work, and to clean monopoles.

The new vessels will be identical to the FCS 2610 Marineco Thunderbird, and will feature four two-person cabins, a 20,000l fuel tank, 4,000l of fresh water capacity, a larger bridge, a client’s office and two pantries for crew.

The vessels’ spacious wheelhouse transport capacity has been increased to accommodate 12 passengers, allowing it to remain in the field for longer periods.

With good sea-keeping behaviour and economical fuel consumption, the vessel offers ample working and storage deck with room for two 20ft containers, a 25t deck crane and a spacious rescue platform.

The vessel, classed by Bureau Veritas, operates under the Workboat Code Category 1 and moves at a maximum speed of 26 knots.

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Damen Shipyards Group Europe sales manager Casper Vermeulen said the Twin Axe FCS 2610 ‘provides a very comfortable ride even in challenging sea states with significant wave heights of 2.5m and above’.

"These recent Twin Axe orders – where we sold four in one week – are proof that the concept is working for the industry. Although these four vessels have not been delivered yet, they have all been chartered out already," Vermeulen added.

Following the purchase of Marineco’s first FCS 2610 Shamal, Sure Wind decided to place an order for two more vessels; one will be delivered in the next few weeks and the other in February 2014.

Image: The high-speed support vessel Marineco Shamal in Bremerhaven, Germany. Credit: Tvabutzku1234.