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Orange Marine selects VARD’s design for cable ships

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VARD, one of the major global designers and shipbuilders of specialised vessels, has announced that Orange Marine has selected a ship design from VARD’s design portfolio when expanding the company’s fleet of cable ships. This time, the ship will be specifically designed to its purpose of fibre-optic cable repair.

Cable repair vessel design for Orange Marine

The companies’ co-operation goes back to 2012 when VARD was selected for the design and construction of Orange Marine’s cable laying and repair vessel of VARD 9 01 design, ‘Pierre de Fermat’. Orange Marine has for the second time chosen VARD as its preferred ship design when adding a cable repair vessel of VARD 9 03 design to the company’s fleet. The vessel will be built by Colombo Dockyard, who have experience from building the cable laying and repair vessel of VARD 9 01 design ‘KDDI Cable Infinity’ in 2019 to Kokusai Cable Ship Ltd of Japan.

The VARD 9 03 design for Orange Marine is specially designed for the maintenance of submarine cables, both fibre-optic telecommunication cables and inter-array power cables used in offshore windfarms. VARD has developed the vessel design according to the clients operating requirements with special attention to the vessel hull design in terms of good sea-keeping capabilities and low fuel consumption. Together with its capable manoeuvrability, it is a specialised tool for the repair market.

Well positioned in the cable ship market

VARD is continuously expanding the portfolio for power and telecom cable laying and repair vessels and developing inhouse competence and experience within this segment, working with significant companies in the industry. Currently, the company has two power cable laying vessels under construction. The VARD 9 04 design for Prysmian, and the recently signed contract for the VARD 9 02 design for Van Oord.

The company’s experience also includes design and construction from 2011 of the offshore construction and cable laying vessel ‘Connector’, now owned by Jan De Nul Group, and the inter-array cable laying vessel of VARD 9 01 design ‘Seaway Aimery’, built at Remontova Shipyard for Siem Offshore in 2016, in addition to the fibre-optic cable laying vessels ‘Pierre de Fermat’ and ‘KDDI Cable Infinity’.

Fredrik Hessen, General Manager of Business Unit Offshore and Specialised Vessels says: “We highly appreciate the close co-operation between Orange Marine, Colombo Dockyard and VARD to enable another innovative vessel design within the fibre-optic cable ship segment.”

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