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    Second Damen Offshore Carrier 8500 launched

    Vessel & ROV News // August 6, 2015

    Maersk Connector will enter a long term charter with DeepOcean.

    23 July saw senior representatives of Maersk Supply Service, DeepOcean UK and the Damen Shipyards Group gather at Damen Shipyards Galati, Romania to witness the launch of the subsea support vessel Maersk Connector. The vessel is owned and operated by Maersk Supply Service and is being built to contract for a seven year charter with DeepOcean.

    Maersk Connector is the second of a new generation of cable-laying vessels developed by Damen Shipyards Group. Equipped with survey and trenching capabilities, the vessel will extend DeepOcean’s capabilities in the large cable-laying end of the market.

    The vessel has a 7,000 tonne carousel that will make it well suited for installation and burial projects from land-fall to deep water and operations in remote geographical locations.

    Pierre Boyde, commercial director at DeepOcean, said; “We are delighted to see the positive progress being made on this high quality Damen vessel and are very pleased with the working relationships with our partners. Last week we signed our first project for the Maersk Connector - on the Bligh Bank Wind Farm - and look forward to finalising further contracts elsewhere in the near future.

    “This new vessel will be a critical part of our growth strategy, delivering production efficiencies that will contribute to the lowering of costs in the offshore wind sector. In particular it will play an important part in the roll-out of the next generation of interconnectors that will contribute so much towards maintaining the UK’s energy security and lowering the wholesale cost of electricity.”

    Developed as a flexible platform for both transport and installation work offshore, the DOC 8500 is 138m in length and has a beam of 27.5m. The 9,300 dwt vessel has 2,200m2 of unobstructed deck with a loading capacity of 20t/m2 and ro-ro capability.


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