HST receives new offshore energy vessel from Damen

Damen's FCS 7210 the HST Hudson

High Speed Transfers received their first vessel from Damen Shipyards Group, the newest vessel in their Fast Crew Supplier range - the FCS 2710, in a naming ceremony at Seawork 2018.

Building on the success of Damen’s bestselling FCS 2610 model first introduced in 2011, the new vessel, named HST Hudson, has been designed to meet the evolving requirements of the offshore energy industry.

Practical input from clients such as Siemens and E.ON has also fed into the design of the new model, which is one metre longer than its predecessor and has more than double the interior volume, without any loss to the cargo space available on deck.

HST, a newcomer to the offshore energy transfer sector, are initially planning to focus on serving the offshore energy sectors in UK waters, with their first contract taking place off the West Coast. HST managing director, Tom Nevin, commented, ‘this will be the perfect opportunity for the FCS 2710 to prove its capabilities in the challenging conditions found in those waters.’

This is the first Damen vessel that Swansea-based HST have received, though company founders Tom Nevin, Ian Oxford and Chris Monan have delivered twelve Damen vessels to other clients in their previous 20 years’ experience working within the offshore energy sector. Tom Nevin added, ‘We appreciate the quality and level of support Damen offer and hope to build a fleet of four to six FCS 2710s over time. We see exciting times ahead, particularly in offshore renewables.”

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