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Twin Axe catamarans named

Date:2013/4/01/ 13:43


In Harlingen (the Netherlands), two newly-constructed Damen ‘Twin Axe’ catamaran ships of the FCS 2610 type were officially named on Friday 22 March.

In the near future, these ships will be deployed in the completion stage of a large-scale wind farm on the North Sea, 90 km north-west of the island of Borkum.

This offshore wind farm is being constructed by the German BARD Group, which will charter the vessels from their owner, SeaZip Offshore Service - a sister company of JR Shipping Group in Harlingen.

The naming ceremony took place at Korte Lijnbaan, where the ships were moored opposite JR Shipping's office. Guests had the opportunity to look round the ships. The naming ceremony was performed by Mrs Akkie van der Weij, accompanied by her husband, Mr Willem Roelof Sluiter, Harlingen's mayor.

The newly-built service vessels, ‘SeaZip 1’ and ‘SeaZip 2’, have recently been delivered to SeaZip Offshore Service and were built by Damen Shipyards Group, based in the Netherlands. Damen was also responsible for the development of this FCS 2610 Twin Axe Bow vessel type. A number of vessels of this type have already been put to use on the North Sea.

They distinguish themselves due to their speed and maximum seaworthiness which, combined with economical fuel consumption and a high degree of stability, enables them to sail in rough weather conditions, too. While primarily built for the purpose of transporting personnel, the ships can also transport small quantities of freight.

With the FCS 2610 Twin Axe Bow design, Damen has created a new standard in the market for offshore service vessels.

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