Damen delivers HST Euan

by Tom Russell in Vessels 27/01/2020 Damen

Swansea-based High Speed Transfers (HST) Ltd has taken delivery of its fourth Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 2710. The latest addition is named HST Euan and in mid-January 2020 she was loaded on to a heavy lift vessel at Damen Shipyards Antalya in Turkey, bound for Rotterdam.

The aluminium catamaran features a Damen FCS 2710 design and is the fourth vessel to join the High Speed Transfers fleet. With a length of 26.8 metres and a breadth of 10.8 metres, the vessel can carry up to 26 passengers. It also features a deck 80 metre square space with a 'no step' configuration.

The new addition to the HST fleet has already been signed up for a five-year contract with leading wind farm operator MHI Vestas. Early next month, she will join
HST Harri in transporting personnel and equipment between Ostend and the company’s various sites in the North Sea.

Another of the company's vessels,
HST Hudson , recently completed a contract with Boskalis on the East Anglia One wind farm in the southern North Sea, and is now beginning a new assignment on a Dutch project.

Tom Nevin, CEO of HST, commented: “2019 was very much a year of growth and we are carrying that momentum forward into 2020. We are in discussions with Damen regarding not only additional crew transfer vessels but also multi-purpose vessels such as Multi Cats. This would be a degree of diversification for us, opening up activities such as cable laying and maintenance, trench support and marine civil engineering using the larger, DP2 Multi Cats for maximum versatility. This would allow us to offer a broader range of services to our clients.”

The company is also supporting the Damen FCS 2610 and 2710 newbuilds in Taiwan for Hung Hua Construction with crew training in Europe and sea trials out on location. “Generally, we are looking to refine our service offerings and look more towards sustainable shipping,” Nevin concluded.

“We are very proud to be working with HST, which has deservedly made a name for itself through the quality and flexibility of its services,”
said Damen UK sales manager Frederik van der Linde. “The HST team is also setting new standards in the offshore renewables industry amongst others with their vision for a sustainable future. We value our partnership with them and look forward to continuing this for many years to come.”

A video of the vessel on sea trials can be seen below. Source:  High Speed Transfers.

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