With its latest delivery, Maritime Craft Services (MCS) said it has become the largest Twin axe owner and operator to services for offshore built wind turbines.
Maritime Craft Services (Clyde) Ltd. took delivery of three more Twin Axe wind farm support vessels in June and two more will arrive next month. With the introduction of the five new Damen Twin Axe Fast Crew Suppliers, MCS has the largest Twin Axe fleet in the offshore wind industry.
The addition of the latest three Damen Twin Axe Fast Crew Supplier 2610s follows the successful introduction of two vessels of the same type in 2012, the MCS Sirocco and MCS Pampero.
MCS Managing Director Dirk Kuijt said, “It is good business practice to have a mix of different type of CTV’s, but as yet we have not found a more reliable, safe and comfortable Crew Transfer Vessel as the Twin Axe to contemplate this mix.”
The three new vessels are named MCS Kaver, MCS Blue Norther and MCS Levanto and will be deployed in the Shetland Islands, Germany and Denmark in offshore wind farm support and maintenance activities.
MCS has also ordered two more Twin Axe Fast Crew Suppliers, which will be delivered end-July. These will be named MCS Coromell and MCS Boreas.
Based in Largs, Ayrshire (U.K.), MCS has more than 30 years experience, the Scottish family firm operates a 19-strong fleet of tugs and workboats internationally and has several Damen vessels including Multi Cats, Shoalbusters and Dredge Helpers. MCS has been active in the offshore wind market for many years and decided to enter the crew transfer market in 2011.
All the vessels have been built at Damen Shipyards Singapore, which is a group specialist in high-speed aluminium craft. To meet demand for the Twin Axe FCS 2610 Damen builds them continuously for stock