The DP3 cable lay vessel, Nexans Aurora, has been delivered by Norwegian builder Ulstein Verft and will be formally named at a ceremony on Tuesday. The vessel, billed as the new flagship of the Nexans fleet, will transport and install subsea high voltage cable systems and umbilicals, with purpose-designed equipment for laying, bundle laying, protection and jointing.
The 149.9m-long ship will play a key role in the installation of advanced subsea high-voltage systems to support electrification of the world, Nexans said in a statement. There will be new connections between countries and regions, as well as connections for new sources of power, including renewables, it said.
Ulstein CEO, Cathrine Kristiseter Marti, commented: “I am proud to see the Nexans Aurora delivered on time despite the parallel handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, with all the implications, restrictions and delays being dealt with in areas such as production, sourcing, travel restriction and much more. It is an extraordinary achievement that Ulstein has managed to keep Covid-19 off their premises throughout the complete project.”
Frode Beyer, Nexans’ project manager, commented: “This is a memorable day for the project team and for Nexans, and I would like to express my gratitude to everyone who has contributed to this project’s success. We are now looking forward to bringing the Nexans Aurora out into the world to contribute to Nexans’ purpose “Electrify the Future”, for a greener place to be”.