High Speed Transfers (HST) has placed its fourth order for a Damen Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 2710, to be named HST Euan. The order for HST Euan is the result of a long-term contract won from a client operating out of Belgium. The vessel is due for delivery at the end of November.
The company’s first boat, HST Hudson, was delivered less than a year ago in July 2018. HST’s second vessel to be ordered, the HST Sofia, has recently been launched at Damen Shipyards Antalya and on 28 March left the yard for her delivery to the Black Sea where she will be on a proof-of-concept charter with an oil & gas major. The third addition to the HST fleet will be the HST Harri, due for delivery in September 2019.
The FCS 2710 has replaced the FCS 2610, retaining the twin, axe bow hull design but being both one metre longer and higher. According to Damen, it can carry twice the number of passengers (26) asthe FSC 2610 and enables it to deliver more flexibility, more tank capacity, greater deck space, increased comfort and more accommodation. The extra metre above the water also allows the vessel to operate in wave heights of above two metres, substantially increasing the range of weather conditions in which it can be at sea.
The success of the Damen FCS 2710 series in Europe may soon be duplicated in the USA. HST has recently announced a partnership with Boston Line & Services, a marine services provider strategically positioned on the USA’s East Coast for that country’s own offshore wind farm revolution. “At present the 2710 is the perfect size for us and our clients,” says HST managing director Tom Nevin. “We are really enjoying the current space in the market right now. The FCS 2710 is the right boat in the right place at the right time.” Source: Damen