Aurora ready to light up Nexans fleet
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
vessel’s hull was built at the CRIST shipyard in Poland.