Rix Sea Shuttle chooses Damen to expand offshore crew transfer fleet

Shipbuilding and Shipyards, Shiprepair — By on June 3, 2014 at 8:19 PM

FCS 2610 - Rix Lion (1)UK-based Rix Sea Shuttle will shortly take delivery of their first ever Damen vessel – a Fast Crew Supplier 2610 – to support their growing involvement in the offshore crew transfer market.

The new vessel, the Rix Lion, is due for delivery on July 4th, just 6 weeks after signing the contract. “Our yards in Singapore and Vietnam build the FCS 2610 as a stock model, ” says Damen Sales Manager United Kingdom & Ireland Arjen van Elk. “As such, we can offer our clients very fast delivery times.” This particular vessel was constructed at Damen Shipyards Singapore.

“We chose the Damen FCS 2610 because it is the best vessel on the market, ” says Rix Sea Shuttle Director James Doyle. “It is a vessel with an excellent reputation and our customers demand that.” Rix Sea Shuttle requested the Rix Lion to have a number of adaptations. For example, a deck crane and modified railings on the fore deck increase the area available for equipment transfer. A second generator set and a high pressure cleaner have also been added. Finally, the new vessel will be painted ‘Rix-green’ to match the livery of the rest of the company’s offshore crew transfer fleet.

The FCS 2610 offers a safe and stable platform for fast crew transfer combined with a large deck with equipment movement. The twin hulls reduce the slamming movements associated with fast transport at sea. “Offshore wind turbine technicians are typically non-mariners, so we aim to get them to work as comfortably and as safely as possible, ” explains Mr Van Elk. Onboard Wi-Fi provides further luxury. “Rix Sea Shuttle is a new client for us, ” continues Mr Van Elk. “They too are a family-owned company and we are very happy to have them onboard. We are looking forward to continuing an open and trusting relationship with them in the future.”Mr James Doyle (Rix Sea Shutttle)

“You can’t fail to be impressed by Damen, ” continues Mr Doyle. “If you want a vessel delivered this season, instead of next year, then Damen is the choice.”

Founded in 2012, Rix Sea Shuttle provides offshore personnel and equipment transfers as well as fuel bunkering and secure warehousing services at 16 UK locations.The company is part of the 140 year old, fifth generation JR Rix& Sons Group of companies and holds ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 accreditation standards.

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 approximately180 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. Finally, Damen offers a variety of marine components, especially nozzles, (flap-type) rudders, steering gear, 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 and conversion yards worldwide, with dry docks ranging up to 420 x 80 metres.Conversion projects range from adapting vessels to meet 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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