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    DeepOcean charters newbuild cable lay vessel

    Vessel & ROV News // March 12, 2014

    DeepOcean is to charter the new vessel from Maersk Supply Service.

    DeepOcean UK, a subsidiary of DeepOcean Group Holding, has entered into a seven-year charter agreement with Maersk Supply Services for a newbuild cable lay vessel.  The vessel is a DOC 8500, a 'Damen Offshore Carrier' which has been designed specifically to suit DeepOcean’s requirements.

    The DOC 8500 will extend DeepOcean’s capabilities in the larger cable laying end of the market, representing a new focus on Interconnector projects, in addition to oil and gas sector and renewables work. The specially‐ equipped vessel will be delivered by Damen Galati yard in Romania. Owned and operated by Maersk Supply Service, the vessel will become the latest addition to the 60‐plus strong Maersk offshore support vessel fleet.

    René Berkvens, Damen Shipyards Group Chief Executive Officer, said: "This particular vessel has been adapted in close cooperation with our clients, drawing on the expertise of all three companies."

    Maersk Supply Service's Chief Executive Officer, Carsten Plougmann Andersen, said the project "builds on our long lasting relationship with DeepOcean, supporting their subsea operations.

    Tony Inglis, DeepOcean UK's Managing Director, said the next-generation cable lay vessel, in combination with the company's survey and trenching capabilities, "will enable us to bundle our services for customers in the offshore power cable and umbilical markets.

    "The versatile new vessel will be well suited for installation and burial projects using its 7,000 tonne carousel from land‐fall to deepwater and also in remote geographical locations," he said. 

    Remko Bouma of Damen Shipyards Bergum, who is overseeing construction of the vessel, describes the DOC 8500 as a  “semi‐customised, modular”  design. "The DOC 8500 has been developed as a flexible platform for both transport and installation work offshore,” he said. 

    "Its bow and slender hull optimise sea keeping in rough seas and suppress slamming. The ship will run on either MGO or HFO and has DP2 capabilities in line with offshore market preferences.

    "Its high on‐ deck cable carrying capacity makes it particularly competitive as a cable layer, while the vessel has also been optimised for shallow water operations, coming complete with a seven‐point mooring system and the ability to take the ground fully loaded.”

    The 138m long vessel has a breadth of 27.5m, 2,200m² of unobstructed deck with 20 tonnes/m2 loading capacity with ro‐ro capability. The 9,300dwt vessel will have a maximum speed of 12 knots.


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