Nexans Aurora

A DP3 cable laying vessel, to be outfitted for power cable laying, including bundle laying, cable jointing and repair and cable system protection and trenching. The vessel is developed for operations in rough weather and has high manoeuvrability and station keeping capabilities.

Design

External design

Built by

Ulstein Verft AS

Year

2021

Owned by

Nexans Aurora

Yard number

314

Designed by

Skipsteknisk AS, Ålesund

Ordered by

Nexans Subsea Operations

Operated by

Nexans Subsea Operations

IMO Number

9862059

Principal dimensions

Length:
149.9 m
Beam:
31 m
Dead weight:
17,000 tonnes
Speed (max):
14 kn
Accommodation:
90 POB

Note: Subject to selected variant configuration

Capacities

Cable capacity:
10,000 t
Fibre optic basket:
450 t

Classifications

  • DnV +1A, Cable Laying Vessel, E0, SF, NAUT(AW), Clean (Design), SPS, DYNPOS (AUTRO), COMF(C3)(V3), Strengthened (DK), ICE(C), BIS, BWM(T), VIBR, SILENT(E), RECYCLABLE

The vessel will play a vital role in installation of Nexans’ cutting-edge HV submarine cables that will bring more energy to the world, helping connect offshore wind farms to the grid, supporting electrification of offshore petroleum installations and creating interconnectors between countries.


In March 2021, Nexans announced the signing of a preferred supplier agreement with Empire Offshore Wind LLC to electrify the future of New York State by connecting the Empire Wind offshore projects to the onshore grid. The project will deliver renewable energy to over one million homes. Christopher Guérin, CEO of Nexans, said: “We are excited to be a trusted, long-term supplier on the development of the Empire Wind projects and to participate in placing New York State on the way towards reaching 70 percent of its electricity needs from renewable sources by 2030. This partnership demonstrates the value of our unique end-to-end model and supports our investments in U.S. offshore wind and the new state of the art Aurora cable-laying vessel."

Ship history

4 July 2018: Nexans Subsea Operations has signed a shipbuilding contract with Ulstein Verft on the construction of a large, DP3 cable laying vessel for delivery in 2021.
18 February 2019: Steel cutting
24 April 2019: Keel laying
15 June 2020: Hull arrival Ulstein Verft
8 November 2020: Launch from the dock hall
Nov 2020-May 2021: Various shipbuilding and installation activities - see updates
May 2021: Sea trial

31 May 2021: Delivery

8 June 2021: Naming


Please contact us for more information

Ulstein Verft AS

P. O. Box 158,
NO-6067 Ulsteinvik
Norway

Tel: +47 7000 8000

gr@ulstein.com