Damen to deliver for offshore duo
Shipyard to build cable lay vessel for Maersk Supply Service, DeepOcean
Dutch manufacturer Damen Shipyards Group has bagged an order for its next-generation cable lay vessel.
The Offshore Carrier DOC 8500 will be owned and operated by Maersk Supply Service under a charter agreement with subsea contractor DeepOcean.
Damen said the vessel (pictured), which will be delivered from the Galati yard in Romania, will “extend DeepOcean’s capabilities in the larger cable laying end of the market, representing a new focus on Interconnector projects in addition to renewables work”.
Damen Shipyards Group chief executive René Berkvens said: “We are very proud of being contracted by Maersk Supply Service and DeepOcean for this cable layer. We really believe in the new design, a result of our continuous R&D efforts.
“Because of the flexibility of the concept, the customer can incorporate a large number of purpose-specific demands to suit his specific needs. This particular vessel has been adapted in close cooperation with our clients, drawing on the expertise of all three companies to create a state-of-the-art offshore construction vessel.”
The 138-metre vessel can accommodate 90 people and can reach a speed of 12 knots.
Maersk Supply Service chief executive Carsten Plougmann Andersen said: “We are convinced that the cooperation between all three parties will result in an efficient, reliable and very competitive vessel.”
DeepOcean UK managing director Tony Inglis added: “This next-generation cable lay vessel in combination with our survey and trenching capabilities will enable us to bundle our services for customers in the offshore power cable and umbilical markets.”