Damen introduces fully electric Fast Crew Supplier at Seawork 2024 – Heavy Lift News
11 Jun 2024

Damen introduces fully electric Fast Crew Supplier at Seawork 2024

Damen Shipyards Group officially introduced the the FCS 3210 E, a fully electric Fast Crew Supplier (FCS), today at this year’s Seawork show in Southampton, UK. This latest extensions to its Twin Axe FCS series represents the next step forward in crew transfer solutions, paving the way to zero emissions transportation of crew and cargo to offshore locations.

Damen has developed the FCS 3210 in response to feedback from the market calling for a larger crew transfer vessel. The design is based on Damen’s successful FCS 2710. It features the same combination of Damen’s Axe Bow hull shape with a rounded tunnel.

The result of this is optimal comfort, reduced wet deck slamming and minimal resistance in the water. With the increased length of the FCS 3210, this effect is even further pronounced ensuring increased uptime. Aft, the FCS 3210 offers increased space for a larger deckhouse and more deck capacity.

The next step forward

Shortly after the introduction of the FCS 3210, Damen received an order for three diesel-electric versions from Purus. Following this, Damen has taken the next step forward with the development of a fully electric, zero emissions version.

The vessel features a full electrical Volvo IPS system, enabling it to sail exclusively on battery power. With this, the FCS 3210 E is able to sail at high speeds to offshore wind farms up to 25 nautical miles from shore. On arrival, it will recharge at a charging system integrated to a turbine, substation or SOV before returning to shore.

Process of continual evolution

Damen Product Manager High Speed Craft Wim Boerma says, “Our crew transfer portfolio has been continually evolving since its introduction. Now, with increasing focus on sustainability, we have developed a fully electric version to enable zero emissions operations. The FCS 3210 E draws on the proven performance of its predecessors and applies the lessons learned in our development of a number of fully electric vessels.

“The challenge of preparing vessels for alternative propulsion often lies in knowing what fuels will be available and affordable in the future. For a vessel such as this, operating a predictable route to a location with an abundance of clean energy, the solution is clear. With the FCS 3210 E, operators can access the crew transfer vessel of the future today. The technology is fully developed and we are ready to build. All we need now is an order.”

Fuel flexible solution

To provide operators with the flexibility to operate the FCS 3210 at locations farther from shore, Damen has also developed a full methanol propulsion version. At the present time, the engine technology enabling a vessel in this power range to sail on methanol has not reached maturity. When it does, however, the FCS 3210 Hybrid is prepared for a fast, cost-efficient conversion. Source: Damen 2nd and third images: HLN

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