First Twin Axe delivery for Njord Offshore

Alternative Sources of Energy, Energy, News, Shipbuilding and Shipyards — By on March 18, 2014 at 5:53 PM

DAMEN-FCS-2610-532525-NJORD ALPHANjord Offshore from Essex, UK, have taken delivery of their first 26m Twin Axe built by Damen Shipyards Group. The vessel was ordered early January 2014 and the delivery took place on 27th February.During this 7 week period the vessel was modified from a basic, standard vessel to suit the specific Njord Offshore requirements.

Njord Offshore was established in 2011. The company focuses on the Offshore Wind industry and operates vessels ranging from 21-26m. In 2014, the Njord fleet shows 9 vessels with further fleet expansion in 2015.

The most specific modifications and additions are:
• Different railing lay-out on the fore deck to create a larger loading area.
• Installation of a second generator set.
• Larger windows throughout the seating area to create a more open atmosphere.
• Installation of a fuel transfer system.
• Licensed to carry 12 plus 4 crew.
• CCTV covering all areas.
• 25 t/m knuckle boom crane.
• High pressure washer.
• SeaSight central push fender.
• Bunks for 6 crew.
• 2 galleys and pantries.
• Full Njordcolour scheme for hull and superstructure.
• Semi enclosed fore deck grating to minimize spray.

Fast delivery
Damen Twin Axe vessels can be delivered from stock as a basic vessel and can be modified to suit particular requirements in a matter of weeks.Both the Twin Axe 2610 and the new, 20m, Twin Axe 2008 are stock vessels.The vessels have been and can be delivered to UK, German, Danish, Swedish or any other flag state requirements.

About the Fast Crew Supplier 2610 (aka Twin Axe, FCS 2610)

General characteristics
The Damen FCS 2610 is a catamaran workboat based on the Sea Axe technology. This vessel has been developed to make transfer of personnel to offshore platforms or wind turbines safer and more comfortable. Besides, the Twin Axe hull form also stretches the operability of the vessel way beyond the limits of the more conventional competition.

The FCS 2610 has a speed of approx. 26 knots and a range of approx. 1, 200 nm, depending on the sea state. The very slender Twin Axe hulls guarantee unparalleled seakeeping behaviour and – as a bonus – have very low resistance, resulting in great fuel economy.

The 26m long and 10m wide vessel is standard equipped to perform crew transfers onto turbines in offshore wind farms, but can be further fitted with options to expand the operation capabilities of the vessel. To name two: the vessel can be equipped with a 20tm crane and a rescue/dive platform. Twin Axe vessels are built in series under Bureau Veritas Class and can be customised to the requirements of various National Authorities.

The FCS 2610 has a spacious deckhouse to accommodate a crew of four and up to 12 passengers. The position of the deckhouse is aft, as this is the most comfortable position on board of a ship – and it creates a huge foredeck.

History
The Damen Fast Crew Supplier 2610 ‘Twin Axe’ was developed with Delft University of Technology in 2009-2010 and is based on the highly successful Sea Axe (or Axe-bow) technology, which also originates from Delft University. Since 2006, Damen has delivered more than 100 (monohull) Sea Axes, mostly to offshore oil & gas related operators. The first Twin Axe was delivered in June 2011. Before the end of 2013, more than 25 were sold, making this vessel basically “The Industry Standard” for the offshore wind market.

Series-built, on stock
To be able to offer short delivery times, the FCS 2610 is built in series on stock, e.g. at the specialized aluminium production yard Damen Shipyards Singapore. This company already has built a large series of these vessels in the past three years and can deliver very fast.

New development – the FCS 2008
Due to (commercial and technical) developments in Offshore Wind Farms, customer feedback and new demands from new clients, Damen has developed the FCS 2008, a smaller version of the FCS 2610. Several FCS 2008 are currently under construction.

A short video of the FCS 2610 can be viewed here:

Damen Shipyards Group
Damen Shipyards Group operates 40 ship- and repair yards, employing 8.000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 5.000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers approx. 180 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Based on its unique, standardised ship-design concept Damen is able to guarantee consistent quality.

Damen’s focus on standardisation, modular construction and keeping vessels in stock leads to short delivery times, low ‘total cost of ownership’, high resale value and reliable performance. Furthermore, Damen vessels are based on thorough R&D and proven technology.

Damen offers a wide range of products, including: tugs, workboats, naval and patrol vessels, high speed craft, cargo vessels, dredgers, vessels for the offshore industry, ferries, pontoons and super yachts.

For nearly all vessel types Damen offers a broad range of Services, such as maintenance, spare parts delivery, training and transfer of (shipbuilding) know-how. To complete, Damen offers a variety of marine components, especially nozzles, rudders, anchors, anchor chains and steel works.

Damen Shiprepair & Conversion
In addition to ship design and shipbuilding, Damen Shiprepair & Conversion offers a network of 16 repair & conversion yards worldwide, with dry docks ranging up to 420×80 metres. Conversion projects range from adapting vessels to today’s requirements and regulations to the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DS&C handles 1, 500 repair and maintenance jobs annually.

“Jo”

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