Swansea-based High Speed
Transfers (HST) Ltd has taken delivery of its fourth Fast Crew Supplier
(FCS) 2710. The latest addition is named HST
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
in transporting personnel and equipment between Ostend and the company’s
various sites in the North Sea.
Another of the company's vessels, HST
, recently completed a contract with Boskalis on the East
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
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