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P&O Maritime Logistics to convert multi-carrying vessel into cable layer

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P&O Maritime Logistics is to convert one of its Multi-Carrying Vessels into a Cable-Laying Vessel (CLV) powered by alternative energy and capable of connecting offshore wind farms to shore.

The vessel is expected to join P&O’s portfolio of specialised offshore products and services in the third quarter of 2024. It will be equipped with a battery system, as well as a low fuel consumption propulsion layout for green methanol fuel.

“The new CLV will give P&O Maritime Logistics’ customers the ability to connect offshore structures and bring offshore energy onshore by installing export and inner array cables across vast distances,” it said. “The company anticipates that one of the main uses of the vessel will be to connect offshore wind farms with the mainland.”

The highly manoeuverable vessel features a low fuel consumption propulsion layout for zero emission operations. It has an ultra-shallow draft, engineered grounding capability, and a 4,000-tonne cable load capacity.

“The conversion of our vessel is a real step change. It means, apart from expanding our existing services and products into a more specialised offering, that we can also make a positive contribution to the decarbonisation of our industry,” Martin Helweg, CEO of P&O Maritime Logistics, said.

“One way of doing this is by using alternative energy to power the converted vessel. The other important contribution is that the CLV will predominately support the construction, development, and maintenance of existing and prospective wind farms. Lastly, and by repurposing an existing vessel, we are able to extend the lifetime of this particular product quite significantly to keep up with the increasing demand in the sector.”

The company provides support to the offshore energy, port services and logistics industries. It owns and operates approximately 400 vessels.

“We are pleased to support P&O Maritime Logistics with the design of a CLV by repurposing an existing module carrier vessel. With the increasing demand in the offshore wind sector, this vessel will be able to meet the operational demands for the installation of next-generation windmill infrastructure thanks to its optimised deck layout,” Marc van der Zwaluw, project manager at C-Job Naval Architects, said.

“Furthermore, in close co-operation with P&O Maritime Logistics, we were able to create a design that was best suited to their operational profile. The design focused on optimised vessel performance and features a DP-2 positioning system and a low fuel consumption propulsion layout that is ready for green methanol fuel and zero emission operations.”

P&O Maritime Logistics recently deployed another CLV, the Topaz Installer, in Taiwan. The newly converted vessel can accommodate up to 64 personnel and features a single basket cable carousel with an outside diameter of 24 metres.

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