Second Damen fast crew supplier for HST
Damen Shipyards Group has signed a contract with High Speed Transfers (HST) for a second Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 2710 during WindEnergy Hamburg.
The first FCS 2710, HST Hudson, was handed over to HST back in July, during the Seawork exhibition in Southampton. HST Hudson was named for Hudson Nevin, eldest son of director Tom. Following in this tradition, the second vessel will be named HST Sofia, for the eldest daughter of director Chris Monan.
“We are delighted to be taking delivery of the second FCS 2710, the HST Sofia. She will be a sister vessel to our vessel HST Hudson, which we have been operating since July this year,” said Tom Nevin, joint director, HST.
HST Hudson has exceeded all expectations in crew and passenger comfort with levels like this never experienced in the offshore wind sector. She has also proven, even in tough Irish Sea conditions, to be a level above the competition.”
Damen will build HST Sofia to the same specifications as the first vessel.
The FCS 2710 builds on the success of its predecessor, Damen’s FCS 2610. The new design is upgraded to deliver more flexibility, more tank capacity, greater deck space, increased comfort and more accommodation.
Damen has achieved much of this by increasing the length and height of the vessel above water by 1 metre. The increased height enables the FCS 2710 to operate in wave heights over two metres, greatly extending operability.
HST is a relatively new entrant to the offshore transfers sector. Based in Swansea, Wales, the company is led by three experienced offshore industry operatives, Chris Monan, Tom Nevin, and Ian Oxford.
By Anne-Marie Causer
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