First steel cut for the construction of the partly outfitted Nexans Aurora cable lay vessel at Crist yard

The first major milestone in the construction of Nexans’ new DP3 cable laying vessel, the cable lay vessel Aurora, was passed last Monday, on February 18, with the cutting of the first steel.  Knut Flage, Vessel Operations Manager in Nexans, got the honor of starting the steel cutting process on Nexans’ new flagship C/S Aurora.

First steel cutting for Nexans’ Aurora CLV

“This is a proud moment for Nexans and an important milestone for the organization. With this modernization we will further strengthen our ability to deliver green power for the future”, said Vincent Dessale, Senior Executive VP Subsea and Land Systems Business Group at Nexans. “Aurora will play a key role in the installation of our cutting-edge submarine cables to help bring more energy to the world, connect offshore wind farms to the grid, support electrification of offshore petroleum installations and create interconnectors between countries”, said Vincent Dessale.

The hull is being built at Crist, Poland, while the engineering, outfitting and system integration, equipment preparations, testing, sea trials and finalising will be carried out at Ulstein Verft, Norway. The ST-297 CLV is designed by Skipsteknisk.

Representatives from Nexans, Crist and Ulstein Verft at the steel cutting ceremony

The shipbuilding contract of Nexans next flag ship was announced in July, 2018, and Ulstein Group CEO, Gunvor Ulstein, expressed Ulstein’s gratitude: “We have a strong organisation with long experience in delivering advanced vessels, and we look forward to a constructive and fruitful cooperation with Nexans in the years to come”.

The vessel will be outfitted for power cable laying, including bundle laying, cable jointing, repair, cable system protection and trenching. She will be delivered in 2021.

The newbuilding contract for the vessel was initially awarded to Croatian yard Ujanik, but later cancelled and eventually a new order was placed in Ulstein with partially outfitted vessel subcontracted to Crist.

rel (Ulstein), PBS

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