The Netherlands: Three Damen Twin Axe FCSs Head to Maritime Craft Services
Three more Damen Twin Axe Fast Crew Suppliers are on their way to Maritime Craft Services (Clyde) Ltd and are expected to arrive in Europe in early May.
Based in Largs, Ayrshire, MCS ordered the three Twin Axe FCS 2610, just months after taking delivery of its first two catamarans. All of the vessels are deployed in supporting offshore wind farms and in maintenance activities.
With more than 30 years experience, the Scottish family firm operates a 19-strong fleet of tugs and workboats internationally and already has several Damen vessels including Multi Cats and Shoalbusters. MCS has been active in the offshore wind market for many years but decided to enter the crew transfer market in 2011.
MCS CEO, Mr Dirk Kuijt, says: “The Damen product comes up trumps again. The revolutionary Twin Axe Catamaran design pierces smoothly through the waves, reducing slamming to a minimum which makes it very comfortable for the crew and i’s passengers. With the usual high standard of Damen Shipyards’ finishing, the FCS 2610 is proven to be very reliable and more than capable of doing the job it is designed and intended for. “
The company’s first Twin Axe FCS 2610, MCS Sirocco was delivered in June 2012 and the second, MCS Pampero, in December last year. The three new vessels, MCS Boreas, MCS Blue Norther and MCS Levanto are sister vessels to MCS Pampero.
All the vessels have been built in Damen Shipyards Singapore, which is a Group specialist in high-speed aluminium craft.
Mr Casper Vermeulen, Damen Sales Manager Europe, says: “MCS Pampero represents the ‘Damen Standard’ FCS 2610, with a larger wheelhouse and superstructure, providing more accommodation space than the first model. The MCS Pampero also has a wrap-around fender to improve impact absorption and this is now being retrofitted to the MCS Sirocco.”
Press Release, March 25, 2013