Rix Sea Shuttle expands fleet with new 26m offshore vessel

RIX Sea Shuttle is expanding its fleet with the purchase of its biggest crew transfer vessel to date.

The company has ordered a Fast Crew Supplier (FSC) 2610 from Dutch ship builder Damen, which is due to be delivered in early July.

The £3m, 26m vessel – named the Rix Lion – is seven metres longer than the company’s other boats, the Rix Panther, Rix Tiger  and Rix Cheetah, providing a larger deck space with equipment movement.

It also has superior sea keeping capabilities and the twin axe bow reduces slamming movements associated with fast transport at sea.

James Doyle, managing director of Rix Sea Shuttle, said they chose the model because it was the best vessel on the market.

“The FSC 2610 is a vessel with an excellent reputation and our customers demand that,” Mr Doyle said.

“The sea keeping abilities are excellent, meaning it rides the waves extremely well and allows boarding and landing at increased wave height, which is precisely what the market is demanding. The increased deck area means rather than just carrying engineers we can carry anything – equipment, men, 2 x ISO containers if necessary – and that makes it a true support vessel.”

Rix Sea Shuttle requested a number of adaptations to the standard boat including a deck crane and modified railings on the fore deck increase the area available for equipment transfer and second generator set and a high pressure cleaner.

It will be delivered in the Rix green to match the existing boats in the Sea Shuttle fleet.

Mr Doyle added: “As we immerse ourselves more into the renewables industry we believe there will be a great demand for these bigger crew support vessels in the future. We were ahead of the game ordering our original fleet and now I believe we have done it again by ordering the FSC 2610.”

Rix Lion offshire shigh speed support vessel

The boat is forecast to be delivered by the Dutch company just six weeks after the contract was signed.

It is built to a standard specification by Damen’s shipyard in Singapore and customised to Rix’s precise specification.

Arjien van Elk, Damen Sales Manager the United Kingdom and Ireland, said: “Rix Sea Shuttle is a new client for us.

“They too are a family-owned company and we are very happy to have them onboard. We are looking forward to continuing an open and trusting relationship with them in the future.”

Download the vessel specification here.