Metal Shark Offers New Damen-Designed Crew Vessel
Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark has announced the availability of the new Damen FCS 7011 for the U.S. market. Developed by Damen in response to feedback from leaders in the offshore oil and gas sector, the FCS 7011 has been designed to reduce logistical cost and increase efficiencies in an era of low oil prices.
The all-aluminum monohull FCS 7011 is a fast and comfortable crew supply vessel for offshore production facilities. Incorporating Damen’s “Sea Axe” bow and a ride control system for roll and pitch reduction, the FCS 7011 offers increased operability in offshore sea states. Steerable skegs allow for highly accurate course corrections, while a gyroscope maintains stability during crew transfer. A motion-compensating gangway is an available feature.
“The FCS 7011 utilizes smart design and the latest technology to bring new levels of comfort, safety, and efficiency to the offshore sector,” said Metal Shark CEO Chris Allard. “Metal Shark enjoys a great relationship with Damen and we’re exicted to offer this first-in-class vessel to U.S. operators.”
Designed for passenger comfort, the FCS 7011 may be custom-configured to suit individual client requirements. With its size, range, 40-knot speed, and 150-passenger capacity, the vessel allows operators to efficiently service multiple platforms on a single trip for maximum cost savings and energy gains. The FCS 7011 will be produced at Metal Shark’s Franklin, Louisiana shipyard, which is also producing a fleet of 85’ Damen-designed patrol boats under the U.S. Navy’s Near Shore Patrol Vessel (NCPV) contract.