Maersk orders Damen cable layer

11 Mar 2014
Damen has received a second order for its 138m DOC 8500 offshore construction vessel design

Damen has received a second order for its 138m DOC 8500 offshore construction vessel design

Damen Shipyards has announced a new order for a DOC 8500 Offshore Carrier vessel, contracted by Maersk Supply Service for charter to DeepOcean.

The 9,300dwt ship will be primarily employed in cable laying operations. It will have 2,200 m² of deck area, with 20t/m² load capacity and ro-ro capability. It will be of 138m length oa, 27.5m beam, and have a maximum speed capability of 12 knots. Accommodation will be provided for 90 personnel. This is the second ship of this design to be sold by Damen, and it will be built at Damen’s Galati yard in Romania.

The bow and slender hull have been designed for optimised sea keeping in rough seas with minimal slamming. It has been designed for shallow water operations, and the ability to take the ground fully loaded. It will have a seven-point mooring system and DP2 capability. The ship will run on either MGO or HFO.

According to Damen, the new vessel will extend DeepOcean’s capabilities in the larger cable laying end of the market, representing a new focus on Interconnector projects, in addition to oil and gas sector and renewables work. The specially-equipped vessel will be delivered from the Damen Galati yard in Romania. Owned and operated by Maersk Supply Service, it will join the 60-plus strong Maersk offshore support vessel fleet.

René Berkvens, CEO of Damen Shipyards Group, 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.”

Maersk Supply Service CEO Carsten Plougmann Andersen said: “This project builds on our long lasting relationship with DeepOcean, supporting their subsea operations. We look forward to expanding our cooperation with this highly valued customer and entering into a close working relationship with Damen Shipyards Group. We are convinced that the cooperation between all three parties will result in an efficient, reliable and very competitive vessel.”

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