Ulstein to Build Advanced, DP3 Cable Layer for Nexen

Norwegian shipbuilder Ulstein has secured a contract from French cable company Nexans to construct a large, DP3 cable laying vessel to support the growing demand for clean energy. The advanced cable layer, designed by Norwegian ship designer Skipsteknisk, will be outfitted for power cable laying, including bundle laying, cable jointing and repair and cable system protection … [Read more...]

ABB Orders Advanced Cable Laying Vessel at Kleven

Swiss power technology ABB says it is investing in a new state-of-the-art cable ship to boost capacity and flexibility of its subsea cable installation and service operations. The new ship will be custom-built to ABB specifications and measure approximately 140 by 30 meters. The vessel will be constructed at Kleven shipyard in Norway, with delivery expected in … [Read more...]

WATCH: Subsea Cable-Layer Maersk Connector Launched

The Damen-built subsea support vessel Maersk Connector was launched Thursday at Damen Shipyards Galati, Romania. The vessel is owned and operated by Maersk Supply Service and is built to contract for a seven year charter agreement with DeepOcean. Maersk Connector is the second of a new generation of cable-laying vessels developed by the Damen Shipyards Group called … [Read more...]

The Subsea Interweb

Below the surface of the ocean, wrapping invisibly around the planet covered mostly with fine mud particles and the carcasses of dead organisms is the internet, in its physical form. Technology continues to develop in the world of digital communications and as it does, new, faster cables are installed throughout the world.  Tyco Communications notes this year they are … [Read more...]

Cable Ship Erupts in Flames Off Namibian Coast

A cable laying ship returning from a repair job off the coast of Namibia erupted in flames and smoke earlier this week, forcing all 56 crew members to abandon ship and leave the still burning vessel adrift just offshore in the southern Atlantic Ocean. The vessel, the 135 meter long Chamarel belonging to the French telecommunications company France Telecom-Orange, caught fire … [Read more...]