Milan-based Prysmian Group is set to launch the Leonardo Da Vinci which, it is claimed, will be the most advanced cable layer in the world. The DP3 vessel, classed by RINA, is having its hull built at Vard Tulcea in Romania and the ship will then be outfitted and completed at one of the Fincantieri subsidiary’s yards in Norway. It is due to join the Prysmian fleet in the second quarter of 2021. The hybrid vessel incorporates a range of innovative features. With two separate engine rooms and a battery package, the technologically advanced ship has led RINA to introduce new notations, including one on battery power.
Paolo Moretti, EVP Marine Strategic Development at RINA, commented: “We worked closely with Prysmian and Vard to create the battery powered notation which, together with the Green Plus Notation, will certify the sustainability ambitions of the owner. Prysmian and Vard have gone to extraordinary lengths to add cutting-edge features that set the ship apart and the new notations reflect how this industry is progressing. To meet the needs of the project, alongside dedicated project management, we have around 20 people working on the project, plus personnel on site in Romania and Norway.”