We are pleased to announce that we will be expanding our fleet adding two new Damen 2610 Twin Axe vessels. The first 2610 fast crew supply vessel is now available for charter, with the second arriving in February. The two new vessels will bring our fleet to a total of 10 wind farm vessels.
The vessels join our fleet following the unparalleled performance of the Sure Shamal, which has had continued success since being launched into the market in 2011.
With three Damen vessels we can provide flexibility to customers who like the versatility and efficiency of our 20m DNV vessels. It is becoming apparent that the Twin Axe vessels are becoming the standard in the far offshore sectors and for companies like Siemens. The Twin Axe’s demonstrate their operational capabilities best when conducting crew transfers in adverse weather conditions.
Both vessels boast an extended wheelhouse and upgrades to accommodation and additional redundancy in equipment. They will be among the most comfortable and reliable crew transfer vessels in the market. This is crucial as the Twin Axe has unrivalled sea keeping abilities, often staying offshore for ten days.
The decision was taken to purchase the new vessels following the increasing demand of the Sure Shamal. The two new twin axes join the fleet to further enhance our overall operational capabilities, assisting the Sure Shamal performing a wide range of wind farm support duties, including crew and cargo transfers, refuelling, ROV Operations, and dive support.
Both vessels are built to BV classification regulations and German requirements, and will be able to work in even the harshest of North Sea or Baltic Waters. The vessels will also hold Gleichwertigkeitsbescheinigung certification enabling them to work in German waters.
The Sure Star and Sure Swift will not be the last of the Twin Axe vessels joining the Sure Wind fleet, as we have already secured new build slots, for further vessels in 2014.