An Italian operator has added a state-of-the-art installation vessel to its fleet while a new UK-built catamaran crewboat has already begun supporting windfarm maintenance activities in home waters. Orders in the pipeline are for two Singapore-built catamaran crewboats for another UK operator, two service operation vessels to be constructed in Vietnam and Romania, and a shallow-draught tug designed for harsh northern European waters.
Prysmian takes delivery of new cable-laying vessel
Italy’s Prysmian Group has taken delivery of the newbuild cable-laying vessel Leonardo da Vinci.
Built by Fincantieri subsidiary Vard, the newbuild has a length of approximately 170 metres, a beam of 34 metres, a bollard pull in excess of 180 tonnes, and a maximum speed of just above 16 knots. The vessel also has a DP3 system and two cable carousels of 7,000 tonnes and 10,000 tonnes, respectively.
The vessel will be capable of installing cables at depths of as much as 3,000 metres.
The first mission assigned to Leonardo da Vinci is the installation of the Viking Link submarine cable connection between the UK and Denmark, the world’s longest power interconnection. The vessel has just arrived at Prysmian’s Arco Felice submarine cable plant in order to load the cable to be installed.
HST Marine adds hybrid crewboat to fleet
UK operator HST Marine has welcomed the newbuild crewboat HST Ella to its fleet.
The Chartwell Marine-designed catamaran was built by Isle of Wight shipyard Diverse Marine. A hybrid system enables the vessel to achieve a transit speed of 10 knots on electric propulsion and 30 knots on diesel propulsion.
HST Ella has a length of 26 metres, seating for up to 24 technicians, and a maximum cargo capacity of 15 tonnes. The vessel’s initial deployment will be in support of activities at the East Anglia one offshore wind farm.
Fairplay Towage orders shallow-draught tug for Baltic, North Sea offshore wind support
Fairplay Towage Polska, the Polish arm of Hamburg-based Fairplay Towage Group, has placed an order for a new shallow-draught offshore support tug to be built by Damen Shipyards Group.
The vessel will be operated in support of the offshore wind industry in the Baltic and North Seas. It will have an ice-strengthened hull, a length of 27 metres, and IMO Tier III-compliant engines that will deliver a bollard pull of 45 tones.
Construction of the tug will take place in Poland.
Norwegian yard secures contract for two CSOVs
Vard has been awarded a contract for the design and construction of two construction service operation vessels (CSOVs) plus two additional vessels as options for an unnamed offshore operator.
The vessels will be tailor-made for worldwide services and maintenance operations at offshore wind farms.
The first vessel will be delivered by Vard in Norway, in first half of 2023. The hull will be built in Braila, Romania.
The second vessel will be built and delivered in Vung Tau, Vietnam, with a scheduled delivery in 2024.
With a length of 85 metres and a beam of 19.5 metres, the vessels will have a height-adjustable motion-compensated gangway with elevator system, a height-adjustable boat landing system, and a 3D-compensated crane. The CSOVs will also each have accommodation for 120 people.
The newbuilding contract is valued at approximately €100 million (US$117 million).
UK’s WEM Marine taps Singapore builder for crewboat pair
UK operator WEM Marine has placed an order for an additional two 27-metre crewboats to be built by Singapore shipyard Strategic Marine.
The newer vessels will be near identical sisters of two crewboats that were delivered to WEM in July of this year.
The third and fourth crewboats are scheduled for delivery in April 2022.
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