Damen Shipyards Group and Compagnie Maritime Monégasque (CMM) have recently announced a two-year offshore support contract for Damen Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 7011 Aqua Helix.

The vessel will transport personnel to and from offshore platforms in support of an oil & gas decommissioning project. Aqua Helix arrived in Brazil on 26 January, where she was welcomed with a ceremony at Pier Mauá in Rio de Janeiro.

Robin Segaar, Sales Manager at Damen said, “During the design phase of the FCS 7011, we considered the Brazilian market a strong fit for this vessel, due to its geography and concentration of offshore assets. We’re very pleased, therefore, to have this opportunity to demonstrate the potential of Aqua Helix in this prime location of offshore activity.”

CMM is a market leader in Fast Offshore Support vessels and operates a fleet of Damen Sea Axe fast oil spill response vessels in Brazil.

This has given the company confidence in the suitability of the FCS 7011 vessel’s Sea Axe bow for operations in the region.

An essential component in Aqua Helix’s arsenal is her Ampelmann S-type motion compensated walkway.

This energy-efficient system, designed specifically for lightweight vessels such as the FCS 7011, allows a continual flow of personnel to and from the offshore platform in safety and comfort, making transfer as easy as crossing the street.

Aqua Helix also features a VEEM Gyrostabilizer which reduces roll motions up to 70%, working alongside the vessel’s (retractable) bow thrusters, ensures outstanding DP performance.


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