Aurora ready to light up Nexans fleet

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Nexans’ new Cable Laying Vessel, the ‘CLV Nexans Aurora’ was launched yesterday 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 hull arrived at Ulstein Verft in June 2020 and has for five months been positioned in the roofed and controlled environment of the yard’s dock hall. During this period, various work tasks have been accomplished, including electrical installations, insulation work, installation of the remaining main equipment (e.g. engines, thrusters, main switchboards, winches) and cable lay equipment, other minor and major installations, interior and exterior painting.

After her launch, the Nexans Aurora will be positioned quayside at Ulstein Verft and will then enter the last outfitting and start-up commissioning phases.

The vessel boasts a concentric, split basket 10,000Te carousel, dual cable lay capabilities, utilisation of separate Capstan or Tensioner firing lines, and should be abile to complete operations in severe weather conditions.

Nexans are calling the Aurora the flagship in the Nexans fleet, and her first assignment will be for the Seagreen Offshore Wind Farm off Scotland, starting in Q3 2021.

The vessel was developed in conjunction with Nexans, Skipsteknisk (ship design), Ulstein Verft (Engineering and fitting), and MAATS Tech (Cable installation equipment), each specialists in their own fields to produce the subsea cable and umbilical systems installation vessel intended for worldwide operations, from shallow and deep subsea activities. The vessel’s hull was built at the CRIST shipyard in Poland. 

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