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VARD TO BUILD SUSTAINABLE CABLE SHIP FOR VAN OORD

Friday, December 18, 2020 

Dutch company Van Oord has ordered a next-generation custom-built green cable-laying vessel from Fincantieri subsidiary Vard in Norway, which is to be equipped with the latest sustainable technologies.

The vessel will be fully operational in 2023. The investment is part of Van Oord’s strategy to strengthen its position in the growing offshore wind market, maintaining its role in the laying and burying of offshore wind power cables. It highlights Van Oord’s drive to continuously reinforce its market position by investing in sustainable technology. Van Oord has a dedicated cable unit to support all its cable projects.

The new vessel has been designed 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 energy management system. This sustainable set-up will result in a more energy-efficient vessel in order to reduce CO2, NOx and SOx emissions.

CO Pieter van Oord said: "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."

Vard CEO Alberto Maestrini added: "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. 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."

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 8,000t. The vessel will mainly be deployed on inter-array grid and export cables of offshore wind projects. The vessel is able to install High Voltage Direct Current cables. Van Oord’s innovative cable trenchers can 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 130m in length and 28m beam, and will operate under the Dutch flag.

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