The Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 3410 design, just unveiled by Damen Shipyards Group, is based on the earlier FCS 2610 design, combining the Damen Twin Axe bow with a catamaran hull configuration, allowing the vessel to cut through waves instead of slamming, thereby improving seakeeping and making passenger transits more comfortable.
Following the success of the FCS 2610 and subsequently the FCS 2710 in European markets, the shipbuilder will now offer the larger FCS 3410 which, it says, has been designed with the US offshore renewables market in mind. The new design also draws on the successful Damen Accommodation Support Vessel 9020, a walk-to-work vessel designed for transporting and providing accommodation for offshore personnel for up to one month.
Speaking about the new FCS 3410, Damen sales manager US, Daan Dijxhoorn, commented: “This vessel is well-suited to numerous markets. However, we have given it a long endurance capability so that it can remain at sea for up to five days at a time – a requirement typically seen in US operations. To facilitate this, we have designed a vessel six metres longer than previous FCS types, able to host more on-board personnel and accommodation.
“There’s a real sense that offshore wind is building momentum,” Dijxhoorn continued. “The Black Island Wind Farm off Rhode Island is still the only wind farm in operation off the coast of the US nearly two years after it opened, but a number of states are pushing ahead with their own plans for offshore renewable energy development.”
The FCS 3410 will be built at Damen’s partner yards in the US, the company said, enabling American operators to choose Damen designs whilst also complying with the requirements of the Jones Act.