Maritime service provider Allianz Middle East Ship Management and Scotland-based Maritime Craft Services (MCS) have taken delivery of a Damen Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 2610.
Damen said on Tuesday that the new vessel would be used for crew transfer services for up to 50 passengers to and from the Abu Dhabi oil fields.
The two companies welcomed guests on board the new vessel in a celebration during this year’s Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC). Business associates and clients were given a tour on board the vessel at the Emirates Palace Marina.
Damen Sales Manager for the Middle East, Teun Haverkort, said: “We are very proud to see another FCS 2610 enter service in the Middle East oil and gas industry.”
With the vessel available on stock, Damen carried out several adaptations to make it OPCO compliant. This meant preparing the vessel for its first contract and increasing passenger capacity.
Haverkort said that, with the increased passenger capacity which now stands at 50, the Damen FCW 2610 is a ‘truly viable alternative to helicopter transfers’.
Further, the vessel’s 90 square meters of deck space, is big enough to accommodate two 20 foot containers and also includes upgrading of the 5-man crew accommodation which allows extended offshore duties.
The MCS Allianz Venus is the second FCS 2610 active in this sector in the Middle East after the AOS Swift was delivered in 2015 to Atlantic Maritime Group.