Van Oord launches new hybrid cable-laying vessel Calypso

Calypso, Van Oord’s next-generation green cable-laying vessel, has been launched at Romania’s VARD shipyard in Tulcea.

In order to lower CO2, NOx, and SOx emissions, Calypso will have a sizable battery pack, a shore supply link, and an energy management system. This hybrid vessel, according to the Dutch business, has future fuel-ready engines with built-in flexibility to anticipate e-fuels in addition to the ability to run on biofuel.

The DP2 vessel will have two cable carousels—one below deck and one on deck—with a combined carrying capacity of 8,000 tonnes. In addition to the Nexus, the vessel will serve as Van Oord’s second cable-laying vessel when it is fully operational in 2023.

The ship was given the name Calypso after the goddess of the sea and Atlas’ daughter. The eponymous ship of the renowned French marine explorer Jacques Cousteau served as inspiration for the name in part as well.

Image source: Van Oord

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