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    Keppel Hitachi Zosen wins cable layers

    Vessel & ROV News // July 28, 2000
    Keppel Hitachi Zosen has clinched a contract to build two cable laying and repair vessels for a total contract value of more than S$130 million from C S Tycom Reliance Inc, a subsidiary of Tyco Submarine Systems Ltd.

    The construction of the cable laying and repair ships is undertaken by Hitachi Zosen Singapore, a division of Keppel Hitachi Zosen.

    Mr Charles Foo, Managing Director of Keppel Hitachi Zosen said, "We are pleased that our Group has clinched this high value and sophisticated newbuilding contract based on our competitive pricing, quality workmanship and good track record in the construction of sophisticated vessels.

    "The recent integration of Keppel Singmarine Dockyard's newbuilding division with that of Hitachi Zosen Singapore has boosted our project management expertise.

    "The team working on these cable laying and repair vessels is highly experienced, having completed a number of complex newbuildings. The most recent among them are the six Anchor Handling Tug and Supply vessels (AHTS) built for the AP Moller Group.

    "We are confident that we will be able to construct these newbuildings to meet the stringent requirements of our customer."

    Work on the two newbuildings has commenced, with the first vessel scheduled for delivery in the third quarter, and the second vessel in the fourth quarter of 2001.

    The cable laying and repair vessels, each 7,800dwt, are twin screw, diesel electric-driven and dynamically positioned ships.

    Measuring a 140m overall they have a breadth of 21m with a design draft of 7.8m, and speed of 13.9kt.

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