Mexico’s Naviera Integral orders two Damen FCS 4008
New Sea Axe design: a 40-metre Fast Crew Supplier
Naviera Integral of Mexico is the launching customer of Damen’s new Sea Axe Fast Crew Supply vessel, the FCS 4008. President of Naviera Integral, Juan Pablo Vega is pictured at the official signing ceremony for the two Damen FCS 4008 vessels at the Offshore Energy Exhibition in Amsterdam.
Photo nr. 2 shows (fltr):
Alejandro Ostos Hernández – Commercial Director Naviera Integral S.A. de C.V.
Rose Damen – Non-Executive Board Member Damen Shipyards Group
Annemarie de Ruijter – Secretary Sales Area Americas Damen Shipyards Group
Kommer Damen – Chairman of the Board Damen Shipyards Group
Juan Pablo Vega Torre Arriaga – Presidente Naviera Integral S.A. de C.V.
Giel Venema – Regional Sales Manager Americas Damen Shipyards Group
Arnout Damen – COO Damen Shipyards Group
Eduardo Ibarrola – Mexican Ambassador to The Netherlands
A leading company in offshore transport and supply services with a fleet of 35 vessels, Naviera Integral has already been a customer of Damen since the late nineties, operating more than 20 Damen vessels. The Mexican company was also a pioneer of the Damen flagship Axe Bow vessel, the 5009.
Mr Vega explains: “We choose to invest in Damen vessels because of their quality and this is combined with a very good delivery time, plus Damen provides excellent after sales services and offers creative solutions for financing.”
Damen and Naviera Integral have worked very closely on developing the new FCS 4008, which is mainly focused on passenger transport rather than a combination of passengers and cargo. “Naviera Integral is having an increasing focus on passenger transportation and this new 42m vessel has capacity for 100 people.”
Naviera Integral’s vast experience of operating the Sea Axe 5009 in the Gulf of Mexico has been taken on board with the design of the new FCS 4008, with any suggestions for improvements incorporated in the new FCS type. The vessel combines a steel hull with an aluminium superstructure, which allows the vessel to combine strength with speed.
“Damen Sea Axe vessels have excellent seakeeping characteristics and our client PEMEX sees the benefits of this. The vessels are much more comfortable for the crew and they arrive in better shape to carry out their work. The FCS 4008 is also very fuel efficient, consuming at least 10% less than conventional vessels, which is an important consideration,” Mr Vega says.
Naviera Integral’s two new vessels are due for delivery in 2016. Mr Vega adds: “We see many opportunities in the Gulf of Mexico given the energy reform, therefore we see these investments as preparing for the future. And we look forward to working with Damen.”
NEW DESIGN: Damen Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 4008
INFO & background for the editor
Damen’s new Fast Crew Supplier type, the FCS 4008, is an addition to the company’s portfolio neatly fitting between the 33 m and 50 m Sea Axe vessels.
History – the Sea Axe
The emergence of the FCS 4008 is a logical step for the company. Originally in 2006 Damen introduced its pioneering Sea Axe vessels, which have an axe-shaped hull, giving unparalleled seakeeping characteristics. The Sea Axe designs are ideal for both Fast Crew Suppliers and Patrol Vessels.
The first Sea Axe Fast Crew Supplier – the Damen FCS 3307 – is a 33m crew boat with an aft deck to carry some cargo. Based on this vessel, a slightly larger second Sea Axe design was developed with more focus on cargo and less on crew capacity.
The two models were in the portfolio alongside each other but then Damen considered a combination of both, comprising the aft deck of the 35 m and the accommodation of the 33 m and this led to a preliminary design of the Damen FCS 3707.
The Damen FCS 3707 was - like the FCS 3307 and FCS 3507 - designed with an aluminium hull and superstructure. The third Sea Axe developed by Damen was the FCS 5009, a steel hulled Fast Supplier, which had a considerable amount of capacity for the crew.
Customer demand for 40m crew supplier
In 2013 two customers, one active in the Offshore Oil & Gas industry and the other in the Defence & Security sector, and both with serious fleets of Damen Sea Axe Fast Crew Suppliers, asked Damen to develop a 40 m Sea Axe Fast Crew Supplier.
Damen listened to these customers and took the initiative to stretch the 37 m to a 40 m vessel. However, given the sensitivity of aluminium vessels to fatigue, the Damen High Speed Craft Department concluded that steel would be the better option for the hull of this vessel. The superstructure could be constructed from aluminium, to save weight and improve speed and fuel consumption.
One of these customers was the Mexican offshore specialist Naviera Integral, which has a fleet of more than 20 Damen vessels and has been a customer since the late nineties. Initially, Naviera Integral liked the preliminary design of the 37 m, but the requirements of the petroleum company of Mexico asked for an enlarged aft deck, so the FCS 4008 was the perfect solution.
Realising the potential in several sectors such as security, oil & gas emergency response, fire-fighting and yacht support, Damen got full engineering underway and is building the new type for stock.
Building for stock
Steel will be cut for the first FCS 4008 in December this year and the first of the new type is expected to be ready late 2015/early 2016.
The new vessel has a spacious aft deck and a large superstructure - a perfect combination for both “Crew Boat” or “Fast Supplier” operations.
Like any of the Damen Sea Axe vessels, the FCS 4008 has excellent seakeeping ability, giving passengers comfortable journeys ensuring they arrive in better shape to start their work. It also facilitates a dramatic reduction in “added resistance”, when compared to conventional boats.
Fuel usage is typically cut by 10-15% because of the Sea Axe hull form in real operating conditions. When conventional crew suppliers stay in port the Damen FCS 4008 can continue, making it perfect for more challenging conditions.
As well as introducing the new type, Damen will be redesigning and reengineering the FCS 3307 as a dedicated Crew Boat.
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Damen’s focus on standardisation, modular construction and keeping vessels in stock leads to short delivery times, low ‘total cost of ownership’, high resale values and reliable performance. Furthermore, Damen vessels are based on thorough R&D and proven technology.
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