Fast supply vessels for Angola

By Mike Brezonick09 August 2022

Daman FCS 2206 vessel Daman Shipyards is supplying a pair of type 2206 Fast Crew Suppliers (FCS) to EMAR Offshore Services for operations in Angola supporting the local oil and gas industry. (Photo: Daman)

EMAR Offshore Services BV, an independent maritime services company based in Raamsdonksveer, the Netherlands, has bought two Damen type 2206 Fast Crew Suppliers (FCS). With both vessels already in stock, one, named E-Six, has already begun operations in Angola supporting the local oil and gas industry, and will be joined by E-Seven shortly.

The 22 m Damen FCS 2206 has a 25 m² cargo deck and the capacity to carry up to 42 personnel plus two crew. It is powered by a pair of Caterpillar C32 marine diesel engines rated 1800 bhp (1342 bkW) that drive Hamilton waterjets through a Reintjes marine gearbox.

The vessel has a cruising speed of 20 knots, with a top speed of up to 32 knots, thanks also in part to its Axe-bow design that enables it to cut through the waves. With an aluminum construction, it has a range of up to 315 nautical miles at maximum speed in its standard configuration. But with the addition of an optional extra fuel tank that provides a total capacity of 5000 gal., E-Six and E-Seven have a range of 350 nautical miles and will be able to reach even the most remote oil and gas platforms, the company said.

Additional optional extras specified by EMAR include fire-fighting capability, secondary Caterpillar C2.2 generator sets and an auto pilot and night vision package.

Both vessels were built at Damen Shipyards Antalya, Turkey, Damen Shipyards’ specialist aluminum shipbuilding facility.

EMAR Offshore Services is a longstanding client of the Damen Shipyards Group, operating both new and second-hand Damen vessels with Damen support. This latest purchase was facilitated by the fast delivery times enabled by the group’s policy of building for stock – the contract was signed on March 30 – as well as the quality of the build and fit-out, and the ease of operability with only two crew required, Daman said.

“EMAR Offshore Services is very pleased with these two Damen additions to her fast crew vessel division,” said Johan van Beek, managing director of EMAR. “Damen has vessels in stock which are almost finished and this suits our clients who want to start soonest after a tender award. Besides our fleet of tugs and workboats, EMAR Offshore Services also operates four Damen Fast Crew and Supply vessels in West Africa.”

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