GORINCHEM, the Netherlands – The Damen Shipyards Group has unveiled a series of new vessel designs based on its popular 16-m by 5-m (52-ft by 16-ft), semi-axe-bow design. The first of the vessels is owned and operated by Van Oord for crew transfer in the Caspian Sea.
The concept originated when Damen Marine Services commissioned the construction of a fast crew supplier (FCS) 1605 in fiber-reinforced epoxy. The idea was to demonstrate the efficiency of the vessel design in composite form.
Damen Product Director, High-Speed Craft, Jaap Gelling says: “As well as the increased strength and significantly reduced maintenance requirements, the composite structure offers lower weight and an attractive increased speed and reduced fuel cost combination.”
This, Gelling says, makes the composite version of the 1605 hull well-suited to a range of vessel types. To that end, Damen is also constructing compatible superstructures for the Stan Pilot, Stan Patrol, and FCS versions of the composite vessel. To facilitate rapid delivery times, the stock-built hull and superstructure combination of choice can be applied in “plug-and-play” fashion.
Van Oord purchased the DMS-commissioned vessel prior to the completion of construction at Damen’s dedicated composites yard in Turkey, Damen Shipyards Antalya.
A second vessel has been delivered by Damen to the Sharjah Ports Authority in the United Arab Emirates.
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