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    Damen finalising first Twin Axe catamaran

    Vessel & ROV News // April 14, 2011

    The first Damen Twin Axe catamaran is approaching completion.

    Damen in The Netherlands says it is currently finalising construction of thefirst 'Twin Axe' catamaran, which will be used tosupport offshore windfarms.

    The High Speed Support Vessel 2610 (HSSV 2610) isone of the most innovative design concepts developed by Damen in the last decade.

    Although the 'Axe Bow' concept was developed some five years ago with great commercial success, the 'Twin Axe' offers a more stable platform within the 24m loadline.

    Compared to conventional catamarans with the same displacement the new concept offers reduced peak accelerations upto 75 per cent, reduced calm water resistance of up to 15 per cent and reduced added resistance in waves of up to 60 per cent.

    To-date Damen has delivered 25 Sea Axe monohulls and 22 are under construction.

    The first HSSV 2610 will be introduced during Seawork 2011 in Southampton in the UK, which takes place 1416 June.

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