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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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Bringing the sky to SKYFALL: World record superyacht wrap

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aerial view of Superyacht SKYFALL wrap complete

When one of the world’s most popular Charter Superyacht’s wanted to try out a new look for the season, starting with the Monaco Yacht Show, there were few, if any places in the world they could find to deliver a full colour change in under 7 days.

At $300,000 per week, each charter a superyacht loses through painting and polishing adds up to millions of dollars due to the extensive and extremely long process.

LuxWrap however, were able to complete the colour change on superyacht SKYFALL in an extraordinary 6.5 days by wrapping the yacht, meaning SKYFALL’s billionaire owner could capitalise on having her completed in just one week while it was charter free.

The sky blue colored wrap project was finished with an owner outlay of just 10% of the cost of a repainting project.

Superyacht SKYFALL wrap begining in water
The ability of LuxWrap to work off pontoons avoids expensive dry docking. Credit: LuxWrap
Using an elevated work platform to access Superyacht SKYFALL during wrap project
LuxWrap also use elevated work platforms for the higher areas. Credit: LuxWrap

The 58m superyacht was wrapped under the hands of just 5 team members, using 600 sq meters of wrap with a LuxWrap representative stating, “We had a 7 day hard-deadline. We had to arrive, start and finish and the boat took on guests on day 8. It was basically high pressure, we even had rain but made it happen with a couple of 14 hour days. High pressure but we delivered. I don’t believe any other company in the world is turning things around like we are, because nobody has the manpower or experience to manage the raft system and coordinate everything.”

LuxWrap working off pontoons to complete Superyacht SKYFALL wrap project
600sqm of wrap used to complete the 58m Superyacht SKYFALL. Credit: LuxWrap
LuxWrap Superyacht SKYFALL wrap project
The SKYFALL wrap equated to 10 percent of the cost of painting. Credit: LuxWrap
LuxWrap project Superyacht SKYFALL transom detail
Superyacht SKYFALL transom detail. Credit: LuxWrap
Details of LuxWrap Superyacht SKYFALL wrap project
Details of LuxWrap Superyacht SKYFALL wrap project. Credit: LuxWrap
LuxWrap team admire their completed wrap of Superyacht SKYFALL
The LuxWrap team admire their completed wrap of Superyacht SKYFALL. Credit: LuxWrap

World record

LuxWrap would now arguably be the world leaders in superyacht wraps as the SKYFALL completion comes off the back of their previous project, a chrome gold wrap on the $20 Millon superyacht Bellami.com (ex Kinta).

At the time, the Bellami.com gold wrap was the largest wrap job completed on water, however at 58m long, superyacht SKYFALL is now the record holder for the largest yacht wrap completed on water.

aerial view of Superyacht SKYFALL wrap complete
An aerial view of Superyacht SKYFALL’s sky blue wrap. Credit: LuxWrap

LuxWrap

In an industry that demands not only competence, but excellence, accountability and the ability to mobilise quickly and often work to extremely tight deadlines, LuxWrap is delivering its service in a way not seen before, and it isn’t going un-noticed.

“We all know that painting Superyachts is expensive and time consuming and must be done at least every 10 years.” Said LuxWrap’s Founder, “It is our opinion that wrapping should not be considered as an alternative to paint, but rather as a compliment. Wrapping lasts several years and has an incredible range of colours/finishes unavailable in paint. It also protects paint from the elements and UV. When we combine this with our unique ‘in the water’ installation process, the cost can be as low as 1/10th the cost of paint at 50m, and even lower in percentage terms as the yacht size increases, both because we work quickly and efficiently, and also because we completely eliminate the need to slip/drydock.”

Superyacht SKYFALL wrap completed in water

By choosing LuxWrap, yacht owners are making a calculated value based decision to protect their paint, which is a capital asset, with their style, which is whatever look is desired that season.

The potential of wrapping has also already been shown to serve different purposes:

  • Try out a new colour before committing to an expensive paint job you may regret.
  • Wrap to protect your paint, in any colour or any finish, keeping your paint new.
  • As a medium term solution to postpone an expensive paint job for a few years.
  • Change colour each season, generating media buzz with each colour/style change.
  • Brand for a bold advertising campaign.

LuxWrap can be contacted here.

aerial view of Superyacht SKYFALL wrap complete
Superyacht SKYFALL at port. Credit: LuxWrap
aerial view of Superyacht SKYFALL wrap complete
Superyacht SKYFALL after the sky blue wrap was completed. Credit: LuxWrap

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DAMEN signs 75-metre bespoke Yacht Support

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New 75 metre Yacht Support, once delivered, will be the largest Yacht Support ever built.

Damen Yacht Support 75 meter 7512 - YS7512
The 75 meter Damen Yacht Support YS7512 has been signed. Credit: Damen Yacht Support

Largest Yacht Support

Dutch yacht builder DAMEN has announced a new order for a 75-metre bespoke support yacht. She will be the largest DAMEN Yacht Support built to date when delivered in 2022. The customised in-house design is based on the newly developed YS 7512 model in the DAMEN Yacht Support range.

The YS 7512 is the largest Yacht Support offered in DAMEN’s range of purpose-built support yachts. Yacht support vessels are designed to carry and operate all the tenders, toys, helicopters and dive equipment that owners want, without compromising luxury spaces on the mother yacht.

DAMEN YS7512 with D14 Helicopter Facilities
Damen YS7512 with D14 Helicopter Facilities. Credit: Damen Yacht Support

D14 helicopter rated

A helicopter’s D-value means the largest overall dimension (in meters) of the helicopter when rotors are turning. This dimension will normally be measured from the most forward position of the main rotor tip path plane to the most rearward position of the tail rotor tip path plane (or the most rearward extension of the fuselage in the case of Fenestron or Notar tails).

Impressively, the YS 7514 will hangar a helicopter with a D14 value so example helicopters that satisfy a D14 value include the 13 passenger Airbus H155 (Eurocopter EC155), the 12 passenger Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin, the 7 passenger AgustaWestland AW109 and any other helicopter smaller than these.

Airbus Helicopters H155
The 13 passenger Airbus Helicopters H155 can be stored on the YS 7512.

Other features

The YS 7512 will be finished and faired with top yacht quality paintwork and deck hardware. She will also have a beam of 12 metres and a volume of approximately 1,900 Gross Tonnage. Other features will include state-of-the-art environmental equipment and capacity for containerised emergency relief support equipment together with a wide range of specialised marine gear and tenders. The vessel will accommodate 45 people including crew, specialist staff and guests.

DAMEN YS7512 toys and tenders
Damen Yacht Support 7512 carries the mother ships toys and tenders. Credit: Damen Yacht Support

Consultant

Wright Maritime Group, the consultant on the custom design and technical development, will supervise the project on behalf of the client.

Delivery

“At the time of delivery she will be the 17th Yacht Support delivered,” says Rob Luijendijk, Director Of Sales at AMELS and DAMEN. “She will also be the largest to date, which I think continues to show the scalability of the support solution for large superyachts. We are very excited to start construction and can’t wait to see this beautiful Yacht Support on the water in 2022.”

DAMEN YS7512 with trademark Sea Axe bow
The YS 7512 features Damens trademark Sea Axe bow. Credit: Damen Yacht Support

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Sanlorenzo SD96 revealed at the 2019 Cannes Yachting Festival

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The SD96 has been officially revealed at the 2019 Cannes Yachting Festival after making the short journey from the Sanlorenzo shipyard in Viareggio, Italy,

Exterior design by Zuccon International Project

The Sanlorenzo SD96’s exterior was designed by Bernado Zuccon from Zuccon International Project. The new 28 meter yacht’s is the entry level model in the SD line of semi displacement yachts by Sanlorenzo. Zuccon International Project states, that the SD96 takes inspiration from the transatlantic liners of the 1930’s, making the concept of elegance it’s own. Bernardo Zuccon states in regards to the SD96 “There are places that change and adapt to differing daily needs; it is as if the boat, closed and airtight is in readiness to face the sea, once moored, can be opened up to allow the owner to optimize the quality of life on board.”

Bernardo Zuccon Portrait
Designer Bernardo Zuccon.
Sanlorenzo Yachts SD96 side view
Sanlorenzo SD96 exterior design by Bernado Zuccon. Credit: Sanlorenzo Yachts
Sanlorenzo SD96 aft view
Sanlorenzo SD96 aft view. Exterior design by Bernado Zuccon. Credit: Sanlorenzo Yachts
Sanlorenzo SD96 upper deck
Sanlorenzo SD96 upper deck. Credit: Sanlorenzo Yachts

“I chose Patricia because I wanted to add a more feminine touch to the interiors in Sanlorenzo yachts”

Sanlorenzo Chairman, Massimo Perotti

Interior design by Patricia Urquiola

Patricia Urquiola is a Spanish born architect and product designer who lives and works from her studio in Milan, Italy which she opened in 2001. Among the many design awards Patricia has achieved she has been awarded the Gold Medal Of Fine Arts by the Spanish Government and the “Order of Isabella the Catholic” by His Majesty The King of Spain Juan Carlos I.

While Patricia has been involved in many design projects (including the re-design of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Barcelona and the six-story design of Panerai’s watch boutique in Hong Kong), the Sanlorenzo SD96 was her first foray into yacht design!

Sanlorenzo SD96 Interior render
Sanlorenzo SD96 interior design by Patricia Urquiola. Credit: Sanlorenzo Yachts

Sanlorenzo Chairman, Massimo Perotti, stated “I chose Patricia because I wanted to add a more feminine touch to the interiors in Sanlorenzo yachts, something which until now had been foreign to the nautical world. Today she is the most sought-after woman in global design thanks to her ability to combine beauty and comfort. All done with a touch of irony and poetic sensitivity, with love for all that is ‘glocal’ and a great respect for the hard work of the artisans”.

Sanlorenzo SD96 Interior bedroom
Sanlorenzo SD96 bedroom. Interior design by Patricia Urquiola. Credit: Sanlorenzo Yachts

“Our starting point for this collaboration with Sanlorenzo was doubtlessly the sea, a great source of inspiration for the whole development of the concept and therefore the interior of the yacht. The materials, shapes and colors evoke the marine world, creating a flowing and elegant space full of natural colors.” states Patricia Urquiola

Designer Patricia Urquiola Portrait
Designer Patricia Urquiola. Photo: Alessandro Paderni
Sanlorenzo SD96 Bow
Sanlorenzo SD96 Bow. Credit: Sanlorenzo Yachts

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