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    Dockwise cable ship due next summer

    Vessel & ROV News // July 28, 2000
    Dockwise in Belgium, one of a large number of companies rushing to invest in cable ship newbuilds or conversions, says construction of its new cable ship will start in September.

    The company says it plans to take delivery of its new cable laying and repair ship, which is being built in Korea at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, in the summer of 2001.

    Dockwise says the addition of a second cable ship to its fleet is its response to developments in the burgeoning global telecommunications market.

    The heavy transport vessel Dock Express (currently the largest cable layer in the world) was converted into a cable ship several years ago, and has since been under permanent contract to AT&T/Tyco.

    The newbuilding is somewhat smaller than Dock Express, and is 146.5m overall with three cable tanks and combined cable laying capacity of 4,300m3.

    She will be fitted out with a dynamic positioning system, Sea Plow systems and ROV with control centre.

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