Living Stone to begin works

DEME  GroupThe sea trials of the DEME Group cable laying and multipurpose vessel Living Stone were completed a few days ago.

The
Living Stone is engineered as a flexible vessel. She is a cable layer, trenching support vessel and can also perform rock placement works. The 'Living Stone' will soon head to her first cable laying project.

The construction of the Living Stone has been fraught with disaster. The
Living Stone was originally launched in September 2016 with delivery scheduled for Q2 2017. However after the shipyard experienced financial difficulties the vessels delivery has been delayed multiple times.

In September of 2017, DEME Group attempted to seize possession of its subsea cable installation and trenching vessel from LaNaval shipyard close to Bilbao, Spain. It was reported that without authorisation, DEME workers attempted to free the vessel and tow it away from the shipyard with the assistance of tug vessels. The vessel suffered damage during the event which was halted by local police.

Then in February of this year the
Living Stone caught fire while under construction. Five DEME employees were treated for smoke inhalation after the fire broke out. According to local sources the fire was 'extensive' but the degree of damage remains undisclosed.

The 160m vessel has been designed to execute wind farm and interconnector operations and eventually will be deployed by DEME’s Dutch subsidiary Tideway. It will be equipped with two turntables below deck, each with a 5,000 tonne cable capacity, and a 2,000 tonne carousel above deck. DEME claims that it can install 200km of cable in a single trip. The vessel also has a crane with a 600 tonne lifting capacity and will be able to accommodate a crew of up to 100 persons.

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