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    Oceanteamís converted cable lay barge unveiled

    Vessel & ROV News // April 25, 2008

    CLB Explorer is a Lloyds 100 A1 Pontoon class vessel.

    Oceanteam has unveiled its newly converted offshore cable installation barge. The company, which has an office in Aberdeen, specialises in subsea cable installation and associated services.

    CLB Explorer is a Lloyds 100 A1 Pontoon class vessel built in 1985 and measures just under 92m. It recently underwent a major upgrade in Rotterdam, involving the installation of new accommodation modules for up to 64 people.

    Other preparatory work was carried out to enable the second stage of the conversion to take place in the North-east of England. During this second phase the barge was equipped with a new 24m diameter carousel and the new OceanPlough01 trenching tool.

    The vessel is now fully equipped to carry out cable installation work in coastal areas and shallow water.

    The OceanPlough01 is designed to trench large diameter flexible products in a wide range of soils. It is able to continuously vary its trench depth down to its maximum depth of 3m. This provides greater safety to the product as it moves through the full range of trench depths.

    CLB Explorer is also fully equipped with a crane and tow and pull winches. The barge requires towing and anchor handling support vessels when under tow and when carrying out operations but is otherwise self sufficient for continuous installation operations.

    A group of invited guests were given an exclusive tour of CLB Explorer at the Port of Liverpool, where the barge is currently docked while it is working on projects in the Irish Sea.

    Jon Mears, Oceanteam Chief Operating Officer, said: "We are pleased to have had the opportunity to officially unveil our converted CLB Explorer barge to our clients. This upgrade will allow us to provide an enhanced service and reinforces our commitment to being the market leader in the provision of cable laying services."


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