Netherlands engineering firm, Huisman, and ‘smart’ cable-lay specialist ESD have signed a partnership agreement that will support the Schiedam-based company’s drive to develop more business in the offshore wind sector.
The agreement will see the combination of ESD’s expertise in designing smart cable-lay systems with Huisman’s engineering, production, and service capabilities of turnkey equipment.
Huisman announced its intention to target the rapidly expanding cable-lay market in 2022, pioneering new concepts and arrangements for cable handling, protection, and storage.
Earlier this year, the company received its first contract with Dong Fang Offshore for a cable carousel with a capacity of 3,000 tonnes. A letter of intent was also signed by the two companies, preparing for the delivery of an advanced cable-lay system (CLS).
The partners plan to focus initially on Huisman’s transferable inter-array CLS, designed for swift mobilisation on multipurpose vessels. The system has been developed to address growing demand for adaptable and efficient cable-laying procedures.
Huisman’s manager, New Build Sales, Charlotte Roodenburg, commented: “By harnessing Huisman’s ability to provide comprehensive turnkey solutions for complex equipment and leveraging ESD’s extensive track record in tailoring cable-lay solutions, this partnership is well-equipped to provide the market with turnkey, innovative cable-lay solutions built on track record and extensive industry knowledge.”
ESD’s managing director, Gavin Rippe, said: “ESD is delighted to sign a collaboration agreement with Huisman, from which both companies will gain significant mutual benefit. ESD’s historical track record in designing the most advanced cable-lay vessels will be of great benefit to the partnership.”