29-11-2017, Gorinchem, Damen press release
Damen Shipyards Group opens new chapter with Marine Core & Charter
New counterparty takes delivery of the first FCS 4008s
Damen Shipyards Group has delivered its first vessels to Marine Core & Charter LLC (MC2), a marine services company supporting the offshore energy sector in the Arabian Gulf. This is the first transaction between the two organisations and Damen is delighted to be setting out on what it hopes will be a productive and long-lasting relationship with MC2.
The transaction is also a milestone as it represents the first deliveries of the Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 4008 class, Damen’s latest addition to its FCS range. The first of the two FCS 4008 vessels was delivered in late September, just two months after the initial contract signing.
The second FCS 4008, named AMIA was officially handed over at a ceremony held at the Emirates Palace Marina in Abu Dhabi on the 23rd of November. The 9 year old son of the CEO held a fantastic speech, followed by his grandmother who cut the ribbon.
Like her sister ship AMPI, the AMIA is also fitted with seating for 90 personnel, has a top speed of 25 knots and a range of 1200 nautical miles. This gives her the ability to reach even the furthest offshore installations. 140 square meters of cargo deck aft enable her to carry containers and a wide range of other equipment. Damen’s famous ‘axe bow’ design delivers excellent seakeeping in a wide range of weather conditions, ensuring that personnel arrive at their destinations ready for work.
The 40-metre FCS 4008 was introduced recently to fill the gap between the 53-metre FCS 5009 and the 33-metre FCS 3307. The FCS 4008 is essentially a scaled-down version of the FCS 5009 and is fully capable of taking on the same, wide variety of roles. As well as personnel transfers, it can be fitted out for fire-fighting, oil recovery, safety stand-by, towing and security duties; on a smaller scale, but also at a lower cost. As with all Damen designs, the FCS range is subject to continuous updates based on customer requests and feedback, and so the AMPI and AMIA represent the very latest in FCS design and optimisation.
The CEO of Marine Core & Charter L.L.C, Mr. Adib Abdel Massih, commented, “The delivery by Damen of the second FCS 4008 brings our total fleet up to 20 vessels. With the addition of these two boats, we have achieved the growth we had planned for this year, both in terms of the number of vessels and the expansion of our operations. We chose Damen in part due to their extensive experience in the crew boat market, the local support in the UAE and also because of their build for stock policy. Their ability to deliver vessels very rapidly when a company like ourselves wins new business was a deciding factor.”
Mr. Massih also commended the design of the FCS 4008, in particular its unique ability to deliver personnel quickly and comfortably in the adverse weather that can occur in the Gulf. AMPI has started operations on a contract with a duration of up to three years. AMIA is expected to operate from Abu Dhabi.
MC2’s core activities are chartering, ship management, towage and transportation, and offshore services. It operates a diverse fleet of vessels ranging from jack-up rigs and accommodation barges to tugs and Multi Cats. This latest acquisition is part of its strategy to build on its focus on chartering and increase its role in marine contracting using its own fleet.
Damen Shipyards Group
Damen Shipyards Group operates 33 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 9,000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 6,000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 180 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Based on its unique, standardised ship-design concept Damen is able to guarantee consistent quality.
Damen’s focus on standardisation, modular construction and keeping vessels in stock leads to short delivery times, low ‘total cost of ownership’, high resale values and reliable performance. Furthermore, Damen vessels are based on thorough R&D and proven technology.
Damen offers a wide range of products, including tugs, workboats, naval and patrol vessels, high speed craft, cargo vessels, dredgers, vessels for the offshore industry, ferries, pontoons and superyachts.
For nearly all vessel types Damen offers a broad range of services, including maintenance, spare parts delivery, training and the transfer of (shipbuilding) know-how. Damen also offers a variety of marine components, such as nozzles, rudders, anchors, anchor chains and steel works.
Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC) has a worldwide network of sixteen repair and conversion yards of which twelve are located in North West Europe. Facilities at the yards include more than 50 drydocks; conventional, floating and covered, the largest of which is 420 x 90 metres, as well as slopes, ship lifts and indoor halls. Projects range from the smallest simple repairs through Class’ maintenance to complex refits and the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DSC completes around 1,350 repair and maintenance jobs annually, both at the yards as well as in ports and while vessels are at sea.
On the handover ceremony photo (1) attached from left to right:
Mother of Mr Adib Abdel Massih (Chief Executive Officer, Marine Core & Charter LLC), Mr Adib Abdel Massih, Mr Pascal Slingerland (Sales Manager Middle East, Damen Shipyards Gorinchem)
On the handover ceremony photo (2) attached from left to right:
Mr Adib Abdel Massih (Chief Executive Officer, Marine Core & Charter LLC) and his wife Mrs Liliana Stratu (Chief Financial Officer, Marine Core & Charter LLC)