Briggs Marine has taken possession of the Forth Engineer, a Damen FCS 2610 fast crew supply vessel, bringing its wholly owned fleet to a total of 40. This addition to the fleet allows Briggs Marine to extend its remit further into the renewable energies sector and offer another specialised service option for offshore windfarms.
The FCS 2610, one of Damen’s best-selling designs, has proven its excellent safety and performance record in the challenging waters of the North Sea, as well as the Middle East and other locations around the world. A catamaran design featuring a Twin Axe bow, it is designed to carry up to 12 personnel plus crew, along with equipment and light cargo, at speeds of over 24 knots.
Collieson Briggs MBE, Managing Director at Briggs Marine said: “Safety is of paramount importance in crew transfer operations, and Briggs Marine is committed to ensuring the highest standards are upheld in protecting the safety of the crew as they carry out their vital work supporting the renewables sector. Offshore windfarms rely on experienced operators to keep them running and so it essential that crew transfer operations are managed by experts with an impeccable health and safety record, as well as a peerless knowledge of the inhospitable operational environment – the North Sea.
“The acquisition of the Forth Engineer enables us to continue to deliver outstanding service to the renewable energy sector and to expand our services into specialised offshore wind farms, where the support of skilled experts is critical to their operations. We already have unmatched experience through 50 years of our workboat fleet operations, and we work in adjacent markets such as providing the pilot boat services for peel ports, crew transfer for commissioned and laid up oil installations as well as ferries to public and client staff.”