First Damen Fast Crew Supplier delivered to Middle East
Damen Shipyards Group has delivered a Damen Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 2610 workboat, named AOS SWIFT for the Atlantic Maritime Group, making it the first Damen Twin Axe vessel to be used in the Middle East.
The vessel will be used for passenger and crew transfer as well as for the transport of industrial persons, materials and equipment to unmanned offshore platforms in the Strait of Hormuz.
Up to 35 industrial persons are transported to and from the platform daily. Although there is a heliport on the unmanned platform, it is much more efficient and less costly to do personnel transfer by sea.
The vessel is going to be chartered to a Norwegian oil and gas company for its platform operations Offshore Oman.
The vessel was built and transported from Damen Shipyards Gorinchem to the Middle East in less than three months.
Atlantic Maritime Group FZE ordered this workboat because it is reliable in rough water conditions with a high maximum operational speed of 25-knots.
“Damen specialises in broader marine access in the offshore wind and oil and gas industries. We see a large potential in this marine access market to reduce costs and improve logistics as well as to partially replace helicopter flights which can be expensive and less efficient,” explains Damen business development manager David Stibbe.
“In addition, some unmanned platforms are without heliports and only have marine access,” he added.
The vessel was shipped from Damen Shipyards Gorinchem to Damen Shipyards Sharjah for further customisation and outfitting. The 25.75 metre long workboat’s twin hull design features robust fendering.
A gas detection system has also been installed and extra air-conditioning units were needed for the Middle East climate. This FCS workboat is also equipped with an additional hydraulically-operated 2,200 kg crane with a reach of 8.6 metres and has deck space for two 20ft containers.
The vessel is also equipped with a GPS Plot self-managed Man Overboard system and a Jason cradle for emergency personnel recovery.