UK-based Rix Sea Shuttle will shortly take delivery of their first ever Damen vessel – a Fast Crew Supplier 2610 – to support their growing involvement in the offshore crew transfer market.
The new vessel, the Rix Lion, is due for delivery on July 4th, just 6 weeks after signing the contract. “Our yards in Singapore and Vietnam build the FCS 2610 as a stock model,” says Damen Sales Manager United Kingdom & Ireland Arjen van Elk. “As such, we can offer our clients very fast delivery times.” This particular vessel was constructed at Damen Shipyards Singapore.
“We chose the Damen FCS 2610 because it is the best vessel on the market,” says Rix Sea Shuttle director James Doyle. “It is a vessel with an excellent reputation and our customers demand that.” Rix Sea Shuttle requested the Rix Lion to have a number of adaptations. For example, a deck crane and modified railings on the fore deck increase the area available for equipment transfer. A second generator set and a high pressure cleaner have also been added. Finally, the new vessel will be painted ‘Rix-green’ to match the livery of the rest of the company’s offshore crew transfer fleet.
The FCS 2610 offers a safe and stable platform for fast crew transfer combined with a large deck with equipment movement. The twin hulls reduce the slamming movements associated with fast transport at sea. “Offshore wind turbine technicians are typically non-mariners, so we aim to get them to work as comfortably and as safely as possible,” explains Mr Van Elk. Onboard WiFi provides further luxury. “Rix Sea Shuttle is a new client for us,” continues Mr Van Elk. “They too are a family-owned company and we are very happy to have them onboard. We are looking forward to continuing an open and trusting relationship with them in the future.”
“You can’t fail to be impressed by Damen,” continues Doyle. “If you want a vessel delivered this season, instead of next year, then Damen is the choice.”
Founded in 2012, Rix Sea Shuttle provides offshore personnel and equipment transfers as well as fuel bunkering and secure warehousing services at 16 UK locations. The company is part of the 140 year old, fifth generation JR Rix & Sons Group of companies and holds ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 accreditation standards.