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    P&O Maritime Services enters power cable installation market with OMM

    Vessel & ROV News // November 25, 2010

    European Supporter is due to enter the market early in 2011.

    P&O Maritime Services, owner and operator of specialist science and cargo vessels, has entered the power cable installation market with its vessel CS European Supporter.

    The company has signed a long-term agreement with UK-headquartered subsea cable specialists, Offshore Marine Management (OMM), for the provision of a suite of capabilities to be marketed with the entrant cable installation vessel.

    European Supporter, formerly Oceanic Viking, is due to enter the international power cable market in March 2011 after undergoing a major conversion from a submarine fibre optic vessel to a state-of-the-art power cable installation and trenching vessel.

    The agreement means that P&O Maritime Services will operate the vessel and OMM will provide a full cable spread to the industry - cable equipment, trenching, operations and maintenance, remedial and survey.

    The 106m, DP2 vessel will be equipped with modern cable installation equipment, work-class ROV, ROV trencher and survey spread. All ancillary cable equipment and cable lay deck operations are enclosed, allowing for a 24-hour all weather working area. A further extensive open working deck is atop which will be utilised for mattressing operations.

    Along with cable coiling arms within her three tanks, the vessel will have capacity for 5,000 tonnes of power cable, plus a 60 tonne SWL active heave compensated crane, 20 tonne linear cable engine (20 wheel pair) and a 35 tonne 'A' frame. 

    European Supporter will also offer spacious, comfortable living and recreational facilities for up to 60 personnel.

    Andrew King, Managing Director of P&O Maritime Services said that P&O Maritime Services, as part of its strategy to deliver high quality, long term cost effective solutions to the renewables market, is delighted to partner a company of OMM’s pedigree.

    “We are committed to growing our presence in Europe and in this renewables market,” he said. “European Supporter will offer a unique opportunity to key players in the sector to drive efficiencies and reduce costs whilst still ensuring that the highest safety and operating standards are maintained.”

    Rob Grimmond, Managing Director of OMM said that the ability to offer project specific solutions with a vessel that is converted to do that job is a very exciting opportunity for both P&O Maritime Services and OMM.

    “The strength of P&O Maritime Services and the experience gained by OMM will forge a strong partnership to supply the industry - both clients and cable installation companies – with a total cable installation solution.



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