Fincantieri-owned Vard has won a contract from submarine telecommunications company, Orange Marine, for the design of a fibre-optic cable repair vessel. The Vard 9 03 design, which is also suitable for the maintenance of inter-array power cables used in the offshore wind sector, will be built at Columbo Dockyard in Sri Lanka.
Vard, with headquarters and ship construction facilities in Norway, also has shipyards in Brazil, Romania and Vietnam. It is a specialist in the niche cable-laying sector and is currently building two power-cable installation vessels – a Vard 9 04 design for Prysmian and a Vard 9 02 design for Van Oord.
The company’s track record in the sector includes the design and construction of the Jan De Nul-owned cable layer, Connector, in 2011, and the Seaway Aimery, built for Siem Offshore at Remontova Shipyard in 2016. It has also designed and built the cable-layers, Pierre de Fermat and KDDI Cable Infinity.
The new vessel will be approximately 100m long and 18.8m wide.