Two cable-lay vessel newbuilds for Nexans
The state-of-the-art cable-lay vessel Nexans Aurora, a 2021 newbuild delivery from Ulstein Verft, will be joined by a sister vessel in 2026.
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The DP3 vessels are 149.9 m long and 31 m wide and developed for work in the offshore renewables market, installing subsea cables, including cables connecting offshore wind farms to the grid and interconnector systems. Operational tasks include power cable and umbilical laying, bundle laying, cable jointing and repair, cable system protection and trenching.
'Nexans TBN' (To Be Named)
The cutting-edge cable laying vessel features a split turntable on deck capable of holding up to 10,000t of cable, an under-deck turntable with a 3,500t cable capacity, and a fibre optic basket holding 450t. The vessel measures 31 metres in width, 149.9 metres in length, and is accommodated for a crew of 90.
The advanced cable laying vessel has a turntable with a large cable capacity of 10,000 tonnes, and the fibre optic basket holds 450 tonnes. The vessel is 31 m wide, 149.9 m long, and has a deadweight of 17,000 tonnes. Accommodation for 90 people.
On-time delivery is often underestimated when evaluating vessel newbuilding projects. Delayed deliveries can represent an additional cost that can be as high as the original, newbuilt price of the vessel. The Norway-based shipyard, Ulstein Verft, is reputed for its precise deliveries. What do they do to achieve this?
Both the newbuilds at Ulstein Verft are nominees for the ‘Ship of the Year 2021’ Award; the polar vessel 'National Geographic Resolution' and the cable-laying vessel 'Nexans Aurora'. The ‘Ship of the Year’ is awarded by the maritime magazine Skipsrevyen and the winner will be announced in August.
The final milestone of the Aurora construction adventure was reached today, on 31 May 2021, when the DP3 Cable Lay Vessel ‘Nexans Aurora’, the state-of-the-art flagship of the Nexans fleet, was delivered from Ulstein Verft.
Snow-covered mountain tops, green hillsides and a bright sun on a blue sky make a perfect frame for the lady in red, the CLV vessel ‘Nexans Aurora’, on her sea trial. A sunny mood also characterizes the atmosphere on board the vessel.
In any other year, the shipyard Ulstein Verft is happy to welcome student groups, but Covid-19 set an abrupt halt to group visits. However, the program manager of the Ship Design study at NTNU Ålesund recently came up with a solution.
The construction project of the cable lay vessel 'Nexans Aurora' has recently reached a new milestone, as the installation of the MAATS Tech equipment package including the carousel, loading arms, access tower and control cabin have now been completed.
“Quality at all levels”, says Per Jarle Ytrebø at Ulstein Elektro Installasjon when explaining why they are well positioned with the setup of the IAS system (Integrated Automation System) on the cable lay vessel Nexans Aurora, currently under construction at Ulstein Verft.
On 8 November 2020, Nexans’ next-generation Cable Laying Vessel, the ‘Nexans Aurora’ was launched at Ulstein Verft. The 149.9 m long and 31 m wide vessel will be working in the offshore renewables market, installing subsea cables including cables connecting offshore wind farms to the grid and interconnector systems.
The installation of the state of the art, MAATS cable lay equipment on board the CLV vessel Nexans Aurora has now commenced at the Ulstein Verft shipyard.
In September 2020, the three azimuth propulsion thrusters were installed in the cable-laying vessel 'Nexans Aurora', which is under construction at Ulstein Verft. Each thruster has an effect of 3,200 kW and a diameter of 2,900 mm.
The construction of the next-generation cable laying vessel, the 'Nexans Aurora', is well underway at Ulstein Verft. In such a complex newbuild project, several tasks are carried out at the same time. On 10 September 2020, the cable capstan was installed during a short break in the ongoing paint process.
During some hectic days, a total of 197 heaves of topside equipment for the cable laying ship Nexans Aurora have been offloaded at Ulstein Verft. The largest single heave was the cable capstan with a net weight of 176 tonnes.
In June 2018, a shipbuilding agreement was signed between Nexans and Ulstein on a large, DP3, cable laying vessel (CLV) to support markets such as the offshore wind industry. The construction project now enters a new phase, as the outfitting work at Ulstein Verft is about to start.
All the grand blocks for the Cable Laying Vessel (CLV) ‘Nexans Aurora’ have now been assembled at the hull yard, CRIST. Work tasks such as some steel work, outfitting and paint work now need to be carried out before the hull can be towed to Ulstein Verft, Norway, for finalising.
On 15 October 2019, Nexans hosted the grand block ceremony for their new cable installation vessel, the ‘Nexans Aurora’. The vessel will be completed at Ulstein Verft in Norway.
The keel laying ceremony of the DP3 cable laying vessel 'CLV Nexans Aurora' was held on 24 April 2019. The vessel is destined for the installation of subsea cables by Nexans, a global actor in cabling systems and services.
Nexans Subsea Operations has signed a shipbuilding contract with Ulstein Verft on the construction of a large, DP3 cable laying vessel.