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The alternative to helicopter dominance – Damen’s FCS 7011

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Damen FCS 7011 Concept

An alternative to helicopter dominance

Offshore projects can be quite some distance from the shore and the further out they venture the more the challenges can increase when transporting personnel. In the case of crew transport, Damen has designed a water-borne solution that is intended to be safer, more comfortable and more cost effective than traditional helicopter transport with the Damen FCS 7011 ( fast crew supplier )

Some Offshore projects are increasing their distance from shore.

FCS 7011 Design

Offshore oil and gas companies such as Shell, BP and ExxonMobil had particular requirements in areas such as speed, sea state, transfer window time and comfort levels on board the vessel, explained Damen’s business development manager, David Stibbe.

Design work started in late 2015. At the time Damen already had ideas surrounding a high-speed crew transfer vessel and it began seeking input from customers to ensure the new vessel met their needs. The FCS 7011 design is now finalised. Tank testing is completed and construction of the first vessel is anticipated to start in Q3 of 2018 in Turkey, with completion expected by the end of Q2 2020, according to Mr Stibbe.

Assistance was also provided by research institutions such as TU Delft, a maritime engineering and hydrodynamics-focused Netherlands-based technical university.

TU Delft carried out tank-testing with a 2.8 m 1:25 scale model of the vessel undergoing testing at 30 and 40 knots to simulate 2-3 m significant wave heights. It was found that the vessel’s movements became calmer as the speed increased.

Some key features of the Damen Fast Crew Supplier 7011

The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) advised on how to minimise motion sickness and boost passenger comfort through a host of methods, including the positioning of seating and windows, window size, ceiling height, HVAC systems, vessel layout, and even what drinks should and should not be served to passengers.

Sea Axe bow concept

“the Sea Axe bow shape reduces any uncomfortable slamming that might occur during high-speed transits.”

Vessels in the crew supply role are often catamarans, however the Damen design is a monohull called Sea Axe. This hull design came about after Damen sought cooperation between Delft University of Technology, MARIN and the US Coast Guard. Damen’s exclusively licensed and patented ‘Sea Axe’ hull shape was designed to provide high speed vessels extrodinary seakeeping characteristics, improved crew safety and comfort and fuel efficiancies. The vessels exhibit superior motion behaviour and significantly lower resistance through the water. This leads to a cut in fuel usage of 20% and, consequently, lower emissions.

“the Sea Axe bow shape reduces any uncomfortable slamming that might occur during high-speed transits. This is because the forward energy of the vessel allows it to go through the waves, instead of going over them,” said Damen product portfolio manager for research Albert Rijkens.

Sea Axe Bow

Another aspect of testing involved the vessel’s resistance at speed.

“Our results showed that, due to its long and narrow hull, the FCS 7011 has relatively low resistance at speed” said Mr Rijkens.

Positioned at the stern of the model, the FCS 7011’s ride control system – which measures ship movement and continuously determines the position of active control mechanisms through these signals – was also put through its paces. “The effectiveness of the system – enabling us to improve comfort levels even further – was also validated in these tests,” added Mr Rijkens.  

“The forward energy of the vessel allows it to go through the waves, instead of going over them”

Ampelmann Marine Access

Walk-to-work

Damen collaborated with Ampelmann on the walk-to-work gangway and Veem on the vessel’s stabilizing gyroscope. Measuring 28 m long, the gangway enables a continuous flow of personnel and is capable of transferring 50 people in five minutes. The gangway also comes with Seaqualize balancing technology, resulting in enhanced energy efficiency. Veem’s VG 1000 SD stabilizer gives the gangway a roll reduction of up to 70% in 2.5 m significant wave heights.

Dynamic positioning capability is provided by Kongsberg, and the DP2 design provides a broad range of marine access solutions for sea states of up to 3.0 Hs. The vessel will be able to land personnel on platforms and floating production units up to a landing height of 20 m.

Damen FCS 7011 Access Concept

The gangway is optional, however Damen says the vessel represents the next generation of crew change and hence it does not see basket-based transfers as being part of the equation. The stabiliser is also optional, but Mr Stibbe pointed out that while omitting this would save money and weight, it would negatively affect roll-reduction capabilities while at a standstill. While Damen is in discussions with other suppliers, such as Netherlands-based SMST, the first vessel at least will be equipped with the Ampelmann gangway system.

Interior Concept Damen FCS 7011

Interior

Aspects of the design such as hull length are standardized, however the vessel’s interior allows for a high degree of customization.

“High-density seating can accommodate up to 150 persons “

A luxury solution incorporates lie-flat seats where capacity reduces to less than 100. There is also provisions for meeting rooms and accommodation spaces are placed amidships to maximize comfort.

Crew transport seating Damen FCS 7011
Seating with Entertainment and storage Damen FCS 7011

Engine options

The engine configuration sees several layouts available. The default configuration involves four MTU 4000 engines giving 12.5 – 14.4 mW, producing speeds of up to 40 knots. Other alternatives are Caterpillar and Cummins systems.

Damen FCS 7011 by Metal Shark

Buyers

The vessel has attracted most interest from Brazil, West Africa and the Gulf of Mexico, according to Mr Stibbe, but operators in new frontier areas such as Guyana are also expressing interest.

For the US and Gulf of Mexico market Damen has selected Metal Shark to build and produce the FCS 7011

Metal Shark is an American shipyard based in Franklin, Louisiana, that has indoor construction and direct deepwater access to the Gulf of Mexico.

Data is powerful Damen FCS 7011 Bridge concept

Results to speak for themselves

“Most questions from oil companies are about workability.” according to Damen’s business development manager David Stibbe. With the FCS 7011 Damen gives its customers access to multiple analysis tools so a client has transparency in regard to the the performance and costs of the FCS 7011. One of these tools provides detailed operational expenditure that includes daily costs and maintenance costs. A second tool is a hardware in the loop ‘digital twin’ of the yacht providing accurate models of systems and equipment characteristics, vessel limitations and how it handles in various sea conditions. Along with this, the gangway system and DP controller, a client will see the vessels workability and advantages as a fast crew supplier.

While operators may still retain helicopters for VIP transport and search-and-rescue purposes, Mr Stibbe sees vessels such as the FCS 7011 becoming the main offshore workhorses. In time the 7011’s data analysis features will give oil companies the information they need to determine where helicopters, or water borne alternatives, should sit in the mix over the coming years.

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Swedish J Craft’s New Torpedo Boat: M/Y Acheron

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Each J Craft Torpedo heritage boat takes over 8000 hours to hand-build and now the latest design has been revealed as the elegant M/Y Acheron.
J Craft Torpedo 42 Acheron Heritage Boat Side
J Craft Torpedo 42′ M/Y Acheron on the water. Credit: J Craft

For over 20 years, Swedish-based J Craft has created some of the world’s most beautifully crafted classic wooden boats and have now revealed their latest hand-built Torpedo model, the 42′ M/Y Acheron.

Described as a “runabout fit for a king, with the style of Brigitte Bardot and the technological sophistication of James Bond,” J Craft’s latest Torpedo features a rich lacquered wood exterior with contrasting white leather upholstery. It is also the first Torpedo to boast the new generation twin Volvo Punta IPS 650 engines, marking the introduction of the first-ever Torpedo RS.

J Craft Torpedo 42 Acheron Heritage Boat
The first to include the new generation twin Volvo Punta IPS 650 engines. Credit: J Craft

Built on Sweden’s island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea, J Craft draws on the island’s strong seafaring heritage spanning over 1,000 years and leans on the presence of skilled artisans to construct robust, maneuverable boats like M/Y Acheron that can withstand the extreme elements of the far north.

A favorite amongst billionaires (they own 5 of the 26 J Craft’s built to date), the Torpedo’s are equipped with the most up-to-date technology, but design-wise harken back to the stylish wooden boats of the 50’s and 60’s, each built by hand and requiring over 8000 work hours each to complete over approximately one year.

J Craft Torpedo 42 Acheron Heritage Wooden Aerial
The J Craft Torpedo 42′ has a range of 350 nautical miles. Credit: J Craft

With a range of 350 nautical miles (648 kilometers) and a top speed of 50 knots (90 km/h), the J Craft Torpedo is designed to handle the high-seas and rough conditions of Europe’s northernmost waters and is just as much at home bracing the Baltic seas during extensive sea-trials as it is on the lakes and inshore waters of the Hamptons or cruising the coastal waters of the Amalfi coast.

It is also said to be one of the most stable boats on the market, ensuring a smooth and comfortable ride for passengers. Much of this can be attributed to the Volvo IPS drives. Designed in conjunction with the Torpedo, the pod-mounted, forward-facing propellers can move through 360 degrees, making cornering easy, safe, and comfortable.

J Craft Torpedo 42 Acheron Heritage Boat Aft
Each boat takes over 8000 hours to build. Credit: J Craft

At low speed, when maneuvering in tighter spaces, the Torpedo is controlled by the IPS joystick, allowing the boat to move backwards, forwards, sideways, and even turn in its own length, all with delicate, finger-tip control.

While it may not look like it, there’s room aboard for 4 guests + the captain to sleep overnight. Credit: J Craft

In terms of entertaining, M/Y Acheron is well equipped with a fridge, ice-maker, sink, and induction hob while below deck, an internal lounge area, wet room, and sleeping quarters for four guests + the captain means guests can stay overnight in comfort.

Authentic Nardi steering wheel like that used on the Ferrari 250 GTO. Credit: J Craft

As bespoke builds with no two J Craft’s the same, the options are almost limitless when it comes to designing a new boat, whether it be adding an extended Bimini over the aft for more shade over the sunpad, an additional sprayhood and full cabrio for bad weather or opting for the cutlery package designed by His Majesty Prince Carl Philip Bernadotte of Sweden himself.

Bespoke build means all elements can be fully customized as per the customers desires. Credit: J Craft

For those looking to order their own J Craft Torpedo boat, prices start at €1.2 million (depending on customization requests), although J Craft have revealed their order book is already filled for 2021, so you might have to put your “la dolce vita” plans on hold for at least another year or so until you can call one your own.

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Amels Shares Walkthrough of Latest Amels 200 Build

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Amels Holland has revealed interior shots and a walkthrough of their latest 60m Amels 200 designed by Tim Heywood and Laura Pomponi of Luxury Projects.
Amels 200 Tim Heywood Jetski

Amels Holland has recently given insight into the third build of their new Amels 200 Limited Edition superyacht, designed in collaboration with yacht designer Tim Heywood (exterior) and Laura Pomponi of Luxury Projects (interior).

Amels 200 Tim Heywood Main Saloon Living
Muted tones of the Saloon living space. Credit: Luxury Projects

As an Amels Limited Editions, clients benefit from a yacht currently in-build but with the additional benefit of customizing certain aspects of the build, minimizing the delivery time from several years down to as a little as a few months.

Amels 200 Tim Heywood Main Saloon
Designed by Italian design firm Luxury Projects. Credit: Luxury Projects

“The Amels 200 is inspired, like all my work, by nature,” explains British designer Tim Heywood. “The design echoes a cruising swan ruffling her feathers. The sweeping profile lines are enhanced by the twists in the surfaces, which give her an enriched and interesting form with light and shade effects to each deck level. She is unique and original and exceeds my wildest expectations.”

Amels 200 Tim Heywood Interior Dining
Natural woods, leathers and soft fabrics are used for the interior spaces. Credit: Luxury Projects

Working with Amels Holland for the first time, Ancona-based Laura Pomponi of Luxury Projects chose a palette of natural woods, leather, and fabric for the interior spaces, contrasting with the glossy touch of liquid metal finishes and bronze profile detailing of the exterior.

Amels 200 Tim Heywood Interior Bedroom

Utilizing over 382sqm of living area divided over four guest decks, the new Amels 200 design accommodates 12 guests and features four guest cabins on the lower deck. Taking an elevator to the bridge deck, the VIP Suite offers an additional private space complete with its own dressing room and ensuite and a lounge adjacent to the VIP suite.

Amels 200 Tim Heywood Master

On the Main Deck, the Owners suite is styled in a combination of leather and wood veneer finishes and features a substantial fold-down balcony that extends 130sq ft (12sqm) almost the entire length of the side beam.

Above, the Sky Lounge can be accessed by either the central elevator or the staircase and is a multi-functional air-conditioned living space that features a massage room and lobby that leads out to the Jacuzzi.

Currently still under construction as demonstrated by the walkthrough with Jorrit Pilaar, the third Amels 200 build is expected to be delivered in the Spring of 2021.

Amels 200 Tim Heywood Stern View
Amels 200 Tim Heywood Aerial View
Amels 200 Tim Heywood Top Deck
Amels 200 Tim Heywood Beach Club
Amels 200 Tim Heywood Sunset

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Tankoa Launches 164ft M/Y Olokun Superyacht

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Tankoa Yachts has launched the third hull in the Italian shipyard’s 50 meter All-Aluminium Series – the Darth Vadar looking “M/Y Olokun.
Technical launch of  M/Y Olokun superyacht. Credit: Tankoa Yachts
Technical launch of M/Y Olokun superyacht. Credit: Tankoa Yachts

In a technical launch at their boutique yard in Genoa, Italy, Tankoa Yachts launched the third hull in their 50 meter (164ft) all-aluminum series.

With a layout similar to her predecessors, M/Y Olokun was started on spec before being sold in March 2020 and designed by Francesco Paszkowski with interiors by Casadio Miami/London, a US-based studio with a focus on luxury residential, aviation, and marine design.

Exterior design of the 50m Aluminum Series hull by Francesco Paszkowski. Credit: Tankoa Yachts
Exterior design of the 50m Aluminum Series hull by Francesco Paszkowski. Credit: Tankoa Yachts

Featuring fold-down terraces in the owner’s suite on the forward main deck, the semi-displacement hull also has a side-loading tender garage in the stern and a spacious beach club in the transom.

M/Y Olokun was started on spec before finding an owner earlier this year. Credit: Tankoa Yachts
M/Y Olokun was started on spec before finding an owner earlier this year. Credit: Tankoa Yachts

Where M/Y Olokun differs from the previous two hulls is a change to the design of the main deck aft, which has been dedicated exclusively to an enormous lounge for relaxation, with the dining room moved to the upper deck. Meanwhile, the forward master stateroom features a private study that can be converted into an extra ensuite cabin when needed.

M/Y Olokun is built in lightweight aluminum but the superyacht hull can also be built in steel. Credit: Tankoa Yachts
M/Y Olokun is built in lightweight aluminum but the superyacht hull can also be built in steel. Credit: Tankoa Yachts

“S501 hull number 3 was started on spec and the owner came into the project quite late during construction, but as a boutique shipyard we wanted to offer him maximum flexibility to tailor the yacht to his personal needs,” said Tankoa Yachts CEO Vincenzo Poerio as he shared on the design process of M/Y Olokun. “The second cabin connected to his own suite on the main deck is a good example. It meant cutting a hole in the bulkhead and re-routing all the wiring so his private office could be converted into a cabin.

M/Y Olokun will now undergo systems testing and sea trials before final delivery. Credit: Tankoa Yachts
M/Y Olokun will now undergo systems testing and sea trials before final delivery. Credit: Tankoa Yachts

M/Y Olokun will now undergo full yacht systems testing and have the interior outfitting completed before sea trials and final delivery later this year.

Tankoa Olokun Superyacht Launch Side Hull Front View

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