Van Oord welcomes new cable-laying vessel Calypso

Van Oord’s new cable-laying vessel Calypso arrived in the Netherlands early this morning and has now officially been handed over to the company. The vessel will be christened in September in Rotterdam.

The Calypso is Van Oord’s second cable-laying vessel in addition to the Nexus, which the company welcomed in 2015. The final construction phase took place at the Vard Brattvaag shipyard in Norway, where the cable-related equipment was installed.

Double-speed cable installation

The next-generation, custom-built vessel is not only fitted with a cable carousel on deck but also with a second, below-deck cable carousel, with a total cable-carrying capacity of 8,000 tonnes. Suitable for efficiently laying two cables simultaneously.

Suitable for efficiently laying two cables simultaneously, the Calypso will mainly be deployed to install inter-array grid and export cables for offshore wind projects, including high-voltage direct current cables.

Van Oord’s highly innovative cable trenchers can also be operated from the vessel. The vessel has been designed with the latest sustainable technologies in order to reduce its carbon footprint during operations and when on port standby.

Green Loan

The construction of the Calypso in Norway has enabled Van Oord to secure a Green Loan from Eksfin, a Norwegian governmental enterprise. This recognition stems from the Calypso’s role in enabling expansion of renewable offshore energy. For Van Oord it is the first time a Green Loan certificate is issued based on the intended purpose of the vessel in the energy transition. Financing is provided as a corporate loan and will be partially used to fund the final construction milestones of the Calypso and help optimise Van Oord’s financing structure.

Christening 2 vessels

The christening ceremony will take place on 9 september 2023 and will be performed by Ms. Inca Cerutti, the wife of Niek Hoek, chairman of the Supervisory Board. That same day, another new addition to the Van Oord fleet will also be christened, namely their new trailing suction hopper dredger Vox Alexia. Vox Alexia is named after Her Royal Highness Princess Alexia. Princess Alexia is the second daughter of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands. She will perform the christening ceremony. Both vessels will be christened in the city centre of Rotterdam. Source: Van Oord

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