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Friday, February 12, 2021 

A specialised cable ship design by Fincantieri group company Vard has been chosen by Orange Marine, which has selected the Vard 9 03 design for a new purpose-designed vessel for fibre optic cable repair.

Vard and Orange Marine’s cooperation goes back to 2012 when Vard was selected for the design and construction of Vard 9 01 design cable laying and repair vessel Pierre de Fermat. Orange Marine's new ship will be built by Colombo Dockyard, which built Vard 9 01 cable laying and repair vessel KDDI Cable Infinity in 2019 for Kokusai Cable Ship of Japan.

The 100m long Vard 9 03 design for Orange Marine is intended for the maintenance of submarine cables, both fibre-optic telecommunication cables and inter-array power cables used in offshore windfarms. Vard has developed the vessel design according to the client’s operating requirements with special attention to the vessel hull design in terms of good sea-keeping capabilities and low fuel consumption.

Vard is continuously expanding the portfolio for power- and telecom cable laying and repair vessels and developing inhouse competence and experience within this segment, working with significant companies in the industry. Currently VARD has two power cable laying vessels under construction. The Vard 9 04 design for Prysmian, and the recently signed contract for the Vard 9 02 design for Van Oord.

The experience also includes design and construction from 2011 of the offshore construction and cable laying vessel Connector now owned by Jan De Nul Group, and the inter-array cable laying vessel of Vard 9 01 design Seaway Aimery built at Remontova Shipyard for Siem Offshore in 2016, in addition to the fibre-optic cable laying vessels Pierre de Fermat and KDDI Cable Infinity.

Fredrik Hessen, Vard GM Offshore and Specialised vessels said: “We highly appreciate the close cooperation between Orange Marine, Colombo Dockyard and Vard to enable another innovative vessel design within the fibre-optic cable ship segment.”


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