Britain To Build A ‘National Flagship’ To Promote Maritime Trade
by Alistair Smout (Reuters) – Britain is to build a new flagship to promote its business and trade interests around the world, the government said on Saturday, in a move it...
On 7 March 2015, the multipurpose vessel Isaac Newton, under construction at Uljanik Shipyard in Croatia, was launched from slipway number 2. The vessel was ordered in August 2013 by dredging and marine contractor Jan De Nul and is expected to be delivered this year.
The vessel was specifically designed to install subsea power cables for offshore wind farms and if needed, to install high voltage subsea cables to connect countries together. Late last week, she gained a contract to install 148 kilometers of subsea export cables for the UK’s Race Bank offshore wind development project. The contract is set to commence in 2016.
The vessel will be outfitted with two active heave compensated cranes, an A-frame, plus a work-class ROV. In cable-installation mode, the vessel will be capable of transporting and laying cable in a single length while utilizing a 10,000 ton carousel, the highest capacity such carousel in the world.
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