Nexans has ordered a new state-of-the-art cable laying vessel with a cable capacity of 10 000 tonnes to handle contracts resulting from the growing worldwide demand for high voltage submarine power cable systems including HVAC and HVDC interconnectors. The vessel is being constructed by the Uljanik Group, a Croatia-based shipyard, and is expected to enter service in 2020.
The driving forces behind the need for more cable laying capability are rising global energy demand and growing concerns around climate change. Energy transition is now a top priority on the international agenda. Not only are nations developing their own renewable energy strategies, they are also co-operating with other countries with the aim of optimising their use of resources by building common infrastructure, both on land and offshore, a fundamental shift in global energy production and distribution with the added importance of clean energy production
Built by ULJANIK Group, a Croatia-based shipyard with over 160 years of expertise in construction of all types of vessels, the new high capacity Nexans vessel is designed for the installation of large volumes of HVDC and HVAC cable systems even in the most severe weather conditions.
The new ship, designed by consulting agency Skipsteknisk AS, incorporates a high degree of redundancy in power and propulsion, including the highest standard of dynamic positioning (IMO class 3) capabilities. The laying equipment allows the vessel to perform complex installation operations of flexible products in shallow to deep water.
The vessel is specifically designed to have a reduced environmental impact, and also benefits from the latest requirements for crew safety and vessel security in compliance with the strictest international safety standards.