SeaZip Offshore Services, part of JR Shipping Group has received two Damen Fast Crew Suppliers (FCS 2610), entitled the SeaZip 5 and SeaZip 6.
The offshore service provider now has six Damen FCS 2610 vessels in its fleet in no less than three years.
Damen’s FCS 2610 has become an industry standard for the supply of crew and materials to offshore wind farms.
Both vessels have been modified to increase their draught, with features that include speeds of up to 25 knots and fuel efficiency.
Benelux Roel van Eijle, Sales Manager of Damen, said: “An April delivery suits their needs perfectly – these two vessels can get to work straight away as this year’s offshore wind operations and maintenance (O&M) period begins.”
Jan Reier Arends, Managing Director of SeaZip Offshore Services, said: “By strengthening the hull in certain areas, the vessels are able to sit 5cm lower in the water.
“This will allow us to load an additional 5 tonnes of cargo – this is a 25% increase of loading capacity. We will be able to carry a lot more equipment and materials.
“You can call this fine tuning – coming from lessons that we have learned from the earlier SeaZip vessels. For example, together with the fender supplier, we have improved the bow fenders.
“Together with our conservative financing strategy – we are financed approximately 60% from bank loans and 40% from private equity investors – having a pool of vessels means that we are well positioned to handle market fluctuations.
“We have a good working relationship with Damen, this helps a lot when we are discussing new concepts and new vessels.
“The technical communication with the new build department, in particular, is very supportive when brainstorming over the SeaZip 7 and 8, for instance.”
Fact File: Damen Shipyards Group operates 32 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 9,000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 5,000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 180 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Damen offers a wide range of products, including tugs, workboats, naval and patrol vessels, high speed craft, cargo vessels, dredgers, and vessels for the offshore industry.