Damen Shipyards Group has designed a new Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 3410 service accommodation and transfer vessel (SATV) with features that are said to ensure its suitability for operations in the developing offshore wind market in North America.Source: Damen Shipyards GroupThe premise of the design is the Damen Twin Axe bow design which allows the vessel to cut through waves instead of slamming, improving seakeeping and onboard comfort, the company said. Damen’s FCS 2610 optimised this seakeeping behaviour by combining the Axe Bow with a catamaran hull form.Damen has recently developed this theme further with the FCS 2710 – a new FCS vessel one metre longer than its predecessor and, with an additional metre in water clearance, enabling the vessel extended operational windows.The FCS 3410 is said to further develop this theme, tailoring the concept to meet the requirements of the emerging US offshore renewables market.“This vessel is well suited to numerous markets, however, we have given it long endurance capability so that it can remain at sea for up to five days at a time – a requirement typically seen in US operations. To facilitate this we have designed a vessel 6 metres longer than previous FCS types, able to host more on board personnel and accommodation,” Daan Dijxhoorn, Damen sales manager US, said.The FCS 3410 also draws on the Damen Accommodation Support Vessel 9020, a walk-to-work vessel designed for transporting and providing accommodation for offshore personnel for up to a month.The FCS 3410 would be built on location in the United States. The company’s US partner yards have built Damen designs at domestic locations for years, providing American ship owners with access to Damen’s designs while complying with the requirements of the Jones Act. This process, the Damen Technical Cooperation, ranges from licensing up to the delivery of full materials package, including technical support.”There’s a real sense that offshore wind is building momentum. The Black Island Wind Farm off Rhode Island is still the only wind farm in operation off the coast of the USA nearly two years after it opened, but a number of states are pushing ahead with their own plans for offshore renewable energy development,” Dijxhoorn said.Massachusetts currently leads the way in these developments with a target of 1,600MW generated by wind energy by 2027 and having an 800 MW project planned to begin next year. New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Maryland also have plans in the pipeline.
CORTLAND, N.Y. (May 24) – Brad Sites put himself in good position to capitalize on Matt Cole’s bad luck in Sunday’s IMCA Empire State Series main event at Skyline Raceway.Sites worked his way from 10th starting in the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature to second, trailing only Matt Cole when the leader coasted to a stop on the 22nd of 30 laps.After taking over the point for the restart, Sites led to the finish for his career third series win and first-ever Skyline victory.“I knew I had some work to do after starting 10th and was really able to start picking off cars about midway,” he said. “I’d finished second and third at Skyline before and it’s good to finally get a win there.”He held off a late-race challenge from eventual runner-up Jason Benjamin.Rodney Morgan earned his best-ever Skyline finish with a third place effort. Saturday night feature winner Dan Searls finished fourth and Drue Perrault rounded out the top five.Feature results – 1. Brad Sites; 2. Jason Benjamin; 3. Rodney Morgan; 4. Dan Searls; 5. Drue Perrault; 6. Gary Roberts; 7. Eddie Sites; 8. Doug McKane; 9. Nate DeGraw; 10. Jeff Cardinale; 11. Matt Cole; 12. Keith Lamphere; 13. Will Ward; 14. Billy Ward; 15. Chris Fleming; 16. Brad Smith; 17. Logan Terry.
The proud Wisconsin men’s hockey program has six national championships, 11 Frozen Four appearances and dozens of all-Americans, but until recently, the Badgers were always missing something — a Hobey Baker Award-winner.Thanks to former tri-captain Blake Geoffrion, UW can now cross that off the list.Geoffrion was given the honor of college hockey’s best player at the 2010 Frozen Four in Detroit with family, fans, coaches and, of course, teammates watching. The rest of the Badgers, sporting their unique playoff mustaches, had front-row seats as they applauded their honored captain.“He’s very deserving. I think he embraces what Hobey Baker was, as they described him. Being a talented athlete, but perhaps a better human being,” UW head coach Mike Eaves said.Geoffrion beat out Maine’s Gustav Nyquist and New Hampshire’s Bobby Butler to win the Hobey Baker.The award was first given out in 1981, and the Badgers have had plenty of talented candidates passed over since its induction. Players like Mark Johnson, Gary Shuchuk, Steven Reinprecht, Brian Rafalski and Dany Heatley come to mind when thinking of the great talents of UW’s past, but Geoffrion is the one and only Hobey Baker award winner.The Brentwood, Tenn. native insisted throughout the season he wasn’t concerned with individual awards or honors. He was focused on winning a national championship in his final collegiate season.Unfortunately, that goal was never achieved, as Boston College emerged victorious in the national title game. The Badgers as a team were not able to get their hands on a regular season or postseason trophy, but Geoffrion brought home some hardware for UW.Now, the Hobey may be an individual award, but Geoffrion’s accomplishment spoke to the terrific group of players he played with throughout the season. The Badgers can look to Geoffrion’s historic honor as a representation of their tremendous season.The Hobey Baker award may not be the seventh national championship the Wisconsin hockey program hoped for, but it was a long awaited first for UW.It was a moment that added even more glory to Wisconsin’s hockey legacy, as the highest individual honor was finally bestowed on a member of the cardinal and white.“It’s an honor to win the award,” Geoffrion said. “And I’m just happy to bring this award back to the Wisco family.”Geoffrion didn’t bring a national title to Madison, but with the Hobey Baker Award, he certainly left his mark on the Badger program.