GORINCHEM, the Netherlands –Van Oord’s new DP-2 cable-laying vessel Nexus was officially launched at Damen Shipyards Galati on June 30. The 123-m (404-ft) multi-purpose vessel will be deployed installing electricity cables offshore.
With a beam of 28 m (92 ft), the vessel will be equipped to carry more than 5,000 metric tons (5,511 tons) of cable, and a crane that will enable it to lay heavy export cables. The vessel has accommodations for 90 people.
The new Van Oord cable layer is based on the Damen Offshore Carrier 7500, a new multi-purpose vessel design with a flush working deck. Offshore installation equipment can be mounted on the vessel, and the design can be customized to create a dedicated ship, as is the case with the Van Oord cable layer.