June 4, 2014 zoom UK-based Rix Sea Shuttle will shortly take delivery of their first ever Damen vessel – a Fast Crew Supplier 2610 – to support their growing involvement in the offshore crew transfer market.The new vessel, the Rix Lion, is due for delivery on July 4, just 6 weeks after signing the contract.“Our yards in Singapore and Vietnam build the FCS 2610 as a stock model,” said Damen Sales Manager United Kingdom & Ireland Arjen van Elk. “As such, we can offer our clients very fast delivery times.”This particular vessel was constructed at Damen Shipyards Singapore.“We chose the Damen FCS 2610 because it is the best vessel on the market,” said Rix Sea Shuttle Director James Doyle. “It is a vessel with an excellent reputation and our customers demand that.”Rix Sea Shuttle requested the Rix Lion to have a number of adaptations.For example, a deck crane and modified railings on the fore deck increase the area available for equipment transfer. A second generator set and a high pressure cleaner have also been added.The FCS 2610 offers a safe and stable platform for fast crew transfer combined with a large deck with equipment movement. The twin hulls reduce the slamming movements associated with fast transport at sea.“Offshore wind turbine technicians are typically non-mariners, so we aim to get them to work as comfortably and as safely as possible,” said Mr. Van Elk.
Many families have been forced to restrict their daily travel in light of the Australian Government’s travel advice for Sri Lanka, which urges Australians to “minimise movement until the situation stabilises”.The official advice warns that further terrorist attacks are likely in Sri Lanka. The families of Australians working at the High Commission in Colombo have been offered flights out of the country, amid the threat of more terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka, Australia’s ABC News reported.A Department of Foreign Affairs spokesperson said “voluntary departures to return to Australia” were available for dependents of embassy staff and for volunteers in the country working under the Australian Volunteers International (AVI) program. “Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. Security has been stepped up across the island,” the advice states. “We continue to encourage all Australians in or travelling to Sri Lanka to consider the travel advice, including volunteers and volunteer organisations,” a DFAT spokesperson told the ABC. There are a large number of Australian children of DFAT staff based in Colombo, and most of the families live in apartments.