Paris - Nexans, the French global player in the cable and optical fiber industry, has hosted the “grand block ceremony” that represents a key step in the construction of its ground-breaking cable installation vessel, the “Nexans Aurora”. The vessel’s hull is currently being built at the CRIST shipyard in Poland. It will be completed at Ulstein Verft in Norway, with delivery planned for 2021.
The grand blocks are the major components in the construction of the hull. They are being assembled at CRIST, in the Polish port of Gdynia. Representatives from Nexans, the shipbuilders, the ship designer and other project partners were present at the celebration. The Aurora design is based on the combined experience of Nexans, Skipsteknisk, Ulstein Verft and MAATS Tech, each world leaders in their own fields. The aim is to produce a subsea cable and umbilical systems installation vessel for worldwide operations, covering the full range of shallow and deep subsea activities.
“The construction of this groundbreaking cable laying vessel is a major milestone in our long term strategy for the future of the global energy market,” said Ragnhild Katteland, Nexans’s vice-president for the subsea system. “The vessel is well prepared for complex construction tasks in severe weather conditions anywhere in the world,” stated Ulstein Verft’s managing director Lars Lühr.