Platypus Marine, a full-service indoor shipyard, has secured an agreement with Dutch Damen Shipyards to build a new FCS2710 FCS Jones Act compliant vessel for the offshore wind industry.
At the IPF Offshore Wind Conference, the companies signed the letter of intent.
The FCS2710-design vessel will fill a void in the offshore wind market and be accessible and fully supported on both the West and East Coasts of the United States. Additionally, it can be applied to the mining, oil, and remote construction industries.
The FCS2710 design offers optional seakeeping features and onboard comfort. It blends the sturdy platform of a catamaran with the easy sailing of the Sea Axe hull shape. The vessel is built on a tried-and-true design that was enhanced in close consultation with experts in the field and operators of Crew Transfer Vessels. As a result, the ship has a big, flat foredeck, substantial cargo capacities, and exceptional transit and transfer capabilities.
In the fourth quarter of 2023 or the first quarter of 2024, Platypus Marine intends to begin work on the FCS2710 in Port Angeles, Washington, with completion set for the first quarter of 2025.
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