P&O Repasa takes delivery of Damen FCS 5009Vessel & ROV News // December 9, 2015
P&O Repasa, a company formed last year by the acquisition of the majority of the shares in Spanish towage firm Repasa by P&O Maritime, has taken delivery of a Damen Fast Crew Supplier 5009. The vessel will be operated from Malabo on Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea. Red Eagle will ferry personnel and equipment, and supply drinking water and fuel, to offshore rigs and platforms.
Built for stock at Damen’s partner Song Thu Shipyard in Vietnam, shortly after the contract was signed the 50m FCS 5009 was moved to Damen Shipyards Singapore where it was customised to meet P&O Repasa’s specific needs.
Features have been added such as FiFi1, a hydraulic crane and reefer plugs. A fast rescue craft has been mounted on a davit for rapid launch and recovery along with transfer pumps for the supply of fuel and drinking water. Red Eagle has been configured for transfer of 50 people.
Following the work in Singapore, the vessel sailed made for Damen Shipyards Cape Town on her own hull, where it made a short bunker stop and underwent final preparations before sailing the final leg to Bioko Island to begin work.
Damen says the FCS 5009 is ideal for operations in the Gulf of Guinea, where conditions can vary from long, slow swells to a short choppy seas. The Damen Sea-Axe Bow copes with both, allowing the FCS 5009 to operate at its cruising speed of around 23 knots for much of the time.