Photo: Octostar vessel; Source: Damen

Damen delivers new fast crew supplier to Angola’s Octomar

Independent Angolan diving services company Octomar has taken delivery of a fast crew supplier (FCS) from the Damen Shipyards Group.

Damen said on Thursday that the FCS 2206 was the first vessel Octomar received from the Dutch shipbuilder.

The company added that the vessel was selected for its ability to undertake a variety of roles, including supporting diving operations and deploying an observation class ROV operations to undertake subsea inspections and repair and maintenance work on offshore facilities.

Octomar’s FCS 2206 – named Octostar – will also be used to transport passengers and act as a standby and security vessel.

The 22-meter vessel is the new improved version of the FCS 1905. The company has already delivered 11 units of the new model worldwide.

The vessel was built in aluminum at Damen Shipyards Singapore and can sustain a speed of up to 30 knots with added external firefighting system, dedicated davits for the launch and recovery of divers, observation class ROV, and night observation gear.

Ricardo do Amaral, general manager of Octomar, said: “We selected the FCS 2206 based on the high quality of the construction, its proven reliability, and the after-sales service package.”

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