Leonardo da Vinci construction nearing completion

In: Vessels
29/07/2020

The construction of Prysmian Group's new cable-laying vessel
Leonardo da Vinci is progressing. Constructed at Vard’s shipyard in Tulcea, Romania, installation of main engines and the hull is now fully completed including the entire superstructure. It was launched a few days ago on time with the overall schedule.

The vessel will be towed to its final destination at Vard’s shipyard in Brattvåg, Norway, for fitting out, installation of main laying equipment (designed, manufactured and supplied directly by Prysmian) and finishing. The journey will take one month of navigation, from the Danube river and across the Mediterranean Sea, to then sail off the ocean coasts of Portugal, Spain and France up to Norway.


The Leonardo da Vinci will be the most efficient cable-laying vessel in the world and will support the Group’s long-term growth objectives in the submarine cable installation business, strengthening its leadership in the interconnection and offshore wind farm markets. The Leonardo da Vinci is one of our strategic assets: thanks to its unparalleled features, it will support our customers in matching the increasing need for upgrading power grids and in building infrastructures that allow the energy transition to a zero-emission world," said Hakan Ozmen, EVP Projects BU.

Prysmian is responsible for the design of all cable installation equipment, such as capstan, turntables and their pick-up arms, tensioners. It claims that the vessel will offer enhanced project flexibility thanks to advanced features like: deep water installation capabilities for depths of more than 3,000 m; 2 carousels of 7,000 and 10,000 tons, which ensure the highest cable loading capacity in the market.


The vessel will also feature a bollard pull in excess of 180 tons with the capability to perform installation operations of simultaneous laying and burial, supporting a variety of burial machines like the Heavy Duty Plough and the Hydroplow. In addition, it will be equipped with a DP3 positioning system, while a specifically designed engine and propulsion set-up will ensure a highly effective seeking capability together with a reduced environmental footprint.

Prysmian Group currently operates three cable laying vessels in its existing fleet -
Giulio Verne, Cable Enterprise and Ulisse. It also operates installation and burial equipment, including the Hydroplow, the PLB machines Sea Mole and Otter, and HD3 ploughing technology.

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