Damen showcased two new fast crew supply vessel designs at Seawork International in Southampton.
The Dutch shipbuilder used the three-day event as an opportunity to hold the first public viewings of the FCS 2710 and FCS 1204 FRP, also holding the naming ceremony for the former vessel, HST Hudson, on the first day of the event.
Successor to Damen’s FCS 2610 design, the FCS 2710 was announced in May and differs from its predecessor in being a metre longer and higher and having a completely redesigned interior, allowing it to carry twice the number of passengers. It retains the twin-hull axe bow design of the 2610.
HST Hudson is owned by Swansea-based High Speed Transfers and was officially named on the first day of the event by managing director Tom Nevin’s young son, Hudson Nevin, for whom the vessel is named.
The FCS 1204 FRP is a 12-m vessel and replaces a previous version of the same name as the smallest vessel in Damen’s FCS range. The new design is constructed of fibre-reinforced plastic, hence the FRP designation, while its predecessor was constructed of aluminium. The FCS 1204 FRP is designed to be built using modular techniques, with a range of wheelhouse and accommodation options, a choice of shaft, waterjet or Z-drive propulsion systems for buyers to choose from and a 10-week turnaround time from order to delivery. It can carry up to 28 people and has a range of 200 nautical miles at its top speed of 30 knots.