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    Kleven to build cable lay vessel for ABB

    Yard News // September 18, 2015

    Kleven is to build a Salt 306 CLV cable ship for ABB.

    Kleven shipyard in Norway has signed a contract with ABB for the construction of a 140m cable lay vessel.

    The vessel is of Salt 306 CLV design from Salt Ship Design in Stord, Norway. A number of local suppliers in the maritime cluster on the northwest coast of Norway will play a role in the project. Among them are Brunvoll, Hareid Group and ABB Marine in Ulsteinvik. The vessel is to be delivered from Kleven Verft in 2017.

    Salt Ship Design said it had worked closely with ABB and Kleven for some time on the development of the new design. MAATS Tech in the UK is responsible for integration of the cable lay equipment into the design.

    “This new-generation vessel incorporating ABB technology will be a key differentiator for our high-voltage cable business, enhancing flexibility and execution ability,” said Claudio Facchin, president of ABB’s Power Systems division. “It will also improve operational efficiency and customer focus."

    The new ship will deploy many of ABB’s own technologies. These include the Onboard DC Grid and power distribution solution, which will use a single DC circuit for ship propulsion to reduce power consumption.

    ABB said the vessel "will set new standards for reliability and accuracy" and will be equipped with roll reduction tanks. Operations will be executed and monitored by a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) using cameras and sonar, avoiding the need for divers.

    The vessel will also feature a complete ABB ontegrated automation system and three Azipod propulsion units. "Together with an energy storage system for marine applications it will cut fuel consumption by 27 per cent and reduce maintenance compared to traditional AC systems," said ABB.

    Sensors, monitoring hardware and software will enable data to be sent to shore via a satellite link, to allow onshore technical support centres to work closely with the ship. Advanced advisory software for motion monitoring, forecasting and decision support will also be on board.

    ABB said the DP3 class vessel will be constructed in such a way that fire and flooding can be contained and will not compromise positioning and other essential systems.

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