Damen Delivers High Speed Support Vessel

By Keith Henderson at December 27, 2011 04:10
Filed Under: Company News

This month Damen Shipyards, Netherlands delivered the second FCS 2610 High Speed Support Vessel to the British company Marineco UK Ltd.with a further two to be delivered in 2012. This Twin Axe vessel has gained popularity in the support of offshore windfarms due to its remarkable seakeeping qualities allowing faster transits to and from the fields in bad weather. The design features a catamaran hull with Damen's unique Sea Axe Bow.

Caption: MV Marinco Shamal, the first Damen FCS 2610 High Speed
Support Vessel delivered to Marineco UK in summer 2011.
Image credit: Damen Shipyards / Marineco UK Ltd.

The draft increases at the bow to give an unusually deep bow giving the axe shape. This together with the straight bow and absence of flare allows the craft to cut through waves rather than ride over them, making for a much more comfortable passage. Peak accelerations are reduced by up to 75 per cent, resistance in calm water by up to 15 per cent and by up to 60 per cent in rough seas, when compared to a conventional catamaran hull of similar displacement. In an example of how higher speeds can be maintained, Marineco compares a five hour journey on one of their conventional catamarans to the Twin Axe cat that now cuts the time down to half an hour.

FCS 2610 has a crew of up to four persons and 12 passengers. The hull and superstructure are aluminum and the LOA is 86 ft (26.3 m), beam 34 ft (10.4 m) and maximum draft of 7.2 ft (2.20 m). Twin Caterpillar C32 ACERT diesel engines of 895 kW each at 2000 rpm propel fixed pitch propellers through Reintjes ZWVS 440/1 two speed gearboxes giving a top speed of 27 kn and cruising speed of 20 kn with a range of 1210 nm.

The foredeck has ample working space and includes a large 20 ton deck crane. On-deck storage space is suitable for a variety of cargoes including containers and there is a spacious diving platform.



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