New Damen carrier for Van Oord

08 Oct 2013
The new cable-laying vessel is the first of the Damen Offshore Carrier 7500 design

The new cable-laying vessel is the first of the Damen Offshore Carrier 7500 design

Damen is to build the first of its newly designed Offshore Carrier 7500 for Van Oord at its Galati shipyard in Romania.

The new vessel will have a length of 120m, a beam of 28m and a dynamic positioning system.

It is intended for the installation of electricity cables for offshore windfarms.

For this purpose, it will be equipped with a cable carousel of more than 5,000 tonnes and a heavy crane that will enable it to lay heavy and long export cables.

Van Oord says the cable-laying vessel forms part of its strategy to offer a complete package for the construction of offshore windfarms as an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor.

The company is making preparations for the Gemini offshore windfarm, which will be built 60km to the north of Schiermonnikoog, one of the Dutch Wadden Islands.

Damen’s Offshore Carrier is a new multipurpose vessel design with a flush working deck, heavy lift or ro-ro transport, as well as offshore installation capabilities suitable for multiple markets.

The cable-laying vessel will be deployed at the site, among others.

Damen is expected to complete the vessel at the end of 2014.

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