Van Oord awards contract to Damen for DP2 cablelay vesselVessel & ROV News // October 8, 2013
Van Oord has ordered a new cable-laying vessel. The ship will be built at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania and will be completed at the end of 2014.
The vessel is intended for the installation of cables for offshore windfarms. Van Oord is making preparations for the Gemini offshore windfarm which will be constructed 60km to the north of Schiermonnikoog, one of the Dutch Wadden Islands. The cable-laying vessel will be deployed at that site, among many others.
The vessel will be a multipurpose vessel with a length of 120m, a beam of 28m and a dynamic positioning system. It will be equipped with a cable carousel of more than 5,000 tonnes and a heavy crane that will enable it to lay heavy and long export cables. On board 90 people can be accommodated.
The cable layer is based on the Damen Offshore Carrier, a new multipurpose vessel design with a flush working deck, heavy lift or ro-ro transport as well as offshore installation capabilities suitable for multiple markets. To this purpose, a large number of (offshore) installation equipment can be mounted on the vessel and the design can be adapted to create a dedicated ship, such as the vessel desired by Van Oord.