Damen delivers Van Oord cable laying vessel
Offshore contractor Van Oord has taken delivery of The Nexus, a new DOC 8500 cable laying vessel from Damen.
The 126m vessel will be used for installing electricity cables for offshore wind farms. It will initially be deployed at the Gemini wind farm to be constructed 55km to the north of Schiermonnikoog in the Dutch Wadden Islands.
Damen said six of its companies in Romania, Ukraine and the Netherlands contributed engineering and project management expertise; the vessel itself was constructed at Damen Shipyards Galati. The entire design, engineering and build process took just 15 months.
Jaap de Jong, staff director ship management department, Van Oord said: “By working closely together, Damen and Van Oord managed to build a fit-for-purpose and economical vessel in a very short period of time. The Nexus is an asset to Van Oord’s fleet and its Offshore Wind Projects business unit.”
The Nexus is now at Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen, where Van Oord is building and installing the additional cable laying equipment.
The Damen Offshore Carrier (DOC) concept was first introduced in 2012 as a cost-effective smaller heavy transport, offshore installation and ro-ro platform suitable for multiple markets.
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