General – FCS
The last phase of the commissioning of the first of Damen’s ground-breaking Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 7011 class – the Aqua Helix – is now underway with a gangway installed and integrated with the ship’s systems during the last days of 2021.
Custom designed for the FCS 7011, the S-type motion-compensated gangway is a critical element in this next generation fast crew supplier.
Engineered for minimum weight and fully electrical operation, the gangway plays a vital role in offshore crew transfers along with the VEEM gyrostabiliser and a range of other state of the art systems.
Together they ensure safe, rapid and cost-effective personnel transfers to and from the vessel in a wide range of sea states.
Following the installation of the gangway, the Aqua Helix is now in the final stages of its sea trials, conducting a full shakedown of all its systems. The first transfers using the gangway will take place in March and, with those successfully completed, the 74-metre, 40-knot, 122-passenger vessel will then be available for customer demonstrations as a fully-integrated offshore crew supply solution.