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Van Oord next-gen hybrid cable-laying newbuild comes with ‘future fuel ready’ engines

31 Dec 2020

International marine contractor Van Oord on 17 December ordered a next-generation custom-built hybrid cable-laying vessel that has been designed with the latest sustainable technologies in order to reduce the carbon footprint during operations and port standby.

Apart from the possibility to run on bio fuel, this hybrid vessel has future fuel ready engines with built-in flexibility to anticipate e-fuels.

It will have a large battery pack, a shore supply connection and a state-of-the-art energy management system.

This sustainable set-up will result in a more energy-efficient vessel in order to reduce CO2, NOx and SOx emissions.

“Van Oord is committed to reducing CO2 emissions to become carbon-neutral by 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement. This investment emphasises our commitment to net-zero emissions,” says Pieter van Oord, CEO of Van Oord.

The vessel will be delivered from VARD in Norway and be fully operational in 2023.

The new DP2 vessel will be equipped with a below-deck cable carousel and a second carousel on deck, with total cable-carrying capacity of 8,000 tonnes. The vessel will mainly be deployed on inter-array grid and export cables of offshore wind projects. The vessel is also able to install High Voltage Direct Current cables. Van Oord’s highly innovative cable trenchers can also be operated from this vessel.

This new vessel is Van Oord’s second cable-laying vessel in addition to the Nexus. Its intelligent cable lay control system will be a further evolution from Nexus. It measures 130 metres in length and 28 metres across the beam and will be Dutch flagged.

“We highly appreciate the close and excellent cooperation that has been established between Van Oord and VARD’s project teams to enable this innovative vessel within the renewable segment,” adds Alberto Maestrini, CEO of VARD.

“Our ambition is to contribute to our customers’ achievements, through environmentally friendly vessels and technological solutions focusing on safety, sustainability and efficiency performance, and we are looking forward to developing this cable-layer together with Van Oord.”

Photo credit: Van Oord 

Published: 31 December, 2020

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