Nexans said construction has started on its new cable-laying vessel for submarine HV cable systems installation. The vessel is being built by Croatia-based shipyard ULJANIK Group and is expected to be delivered and start operations by Q3 2020.
The high capacity vessel is designed for worldwide installation of large volumes of HVDC and HVAC cable systems, covering the complete Nexans submarine product range, and has a 10 000-ton capacity turntable.
Designed by consulting agency Skipsteknisk
AS, the new ship delivers a high degree of redundancy in power and propulsion, including the highest standard of Dynamic Positioning (IMO class 3) capabilities. The laying equipment allows the vessel to perform complex installation operations of flexible products in shallow to deep water. The vessel has the ability to provide various operational modes, including large bundling capacity, targeting the latest and future developments in HVDC cable technology
“Together with our legendary vessel CLV Nexans Skagerrak, the new ship will reinforce Nexans’ position as a leading player in the growing submarine HV cabling market,” commented Dirk Steinbrink, Senior Executive Vice President High Voltage and Underwater Cable Business Group at Nexans. “With the advanced technology, impressive capacity and the many cable-laying capabilities, this vessel will be one of Nexans’ key strategic assets”.
The ship benefits from the latest requirements for crew safety and vessel security in compliance with the strictest international safety standards, and is specifically designed to have a reduced environmental impact.
“The construction of this new cable-laying vessel is a fundamental milestone in our commitment to cleaner energy,” said Arnaud Poupart-Lafarge, Nexans CEO. “For many decades, Nexans has been acting for energy transition
and sustainable development. In this next exciting chapter of our capacity to meet customer expectations, the cutting-edge technology of the new ship will enable Nexans to support countries in their development of the unlimited potential of renewable power generation.”