Crist shipyard laying keel of cable ship for Ulstein Verft

The keel-laying ceremony for vessel NB317 took place at the Crist shipyard on 4 April. This is another milestone in the construction of another partially equipped CLV (Cable Lay Vessel), or cable carrier, for the Norwegian shipyard Ulstein Verft in the Gdynia shipyard.

The final owner of the vessel will be cable manufacturing and installation tycoon Nexans.

The new vessel is expected to be a state-of-the-art cable laying vessel. The vessel is to be 149.9m long and 31m wide and will accommodate a crew of 90. It will be equipped with three horizontal (with a vertical axis of rotation) cable spools (drums) (so-called ‘carousels’) – one shared on deck with a total capacity of up to 10,000 tonnes of cable, another below deck with a capacity of 3,500 tonnes of cable and a basket below deck for fibre optic cables with a capacity of 450 tonnes. Together, this equates to almost 14,000 tonnes of cable capacity.

The vessel has been specially designed by Skipsteknisk to transport and lay various types of submarine cables, including cable bundles, as well as to take up cables from the seabed and carry out repairs. It is capable of laying up to four cables simultaneously.



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