New Van Oord cable laying vessel heads to Norway for final touches

In order to complete construction, Van Oord’s new cable-laying vessel Calypso is traveling to the VARD Brattvaag yard in Norway.

The ship was launched last week at the Romanian shipyard VARD Tulcea. In an effort to enhance its position in the offshore wind sector, Van Oord placed an order with VARD for the 131-meter-long ship by the end of 2020.

Calypso is anticipated to begin operations at the end of 2023, according to the Dutch business, which reports that development is proceeding as planned.

In addition to the Nexus, the Calypso will be Van Oord’s second cable-laying vessel. It will have a huge battery pack, a shore supply link, and an energy management system, all of which should lower CO2, NOx, and SOx emissions.

The hybrid ship has future fuel-ready engines with built-in flexibility to prepare for e-fuels in addition to the option to run on biofuel. It will mostly be used to deploy inter-array and export cables, including HVDC cables, for offshore wind projects.

Image source: Van Oord

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