Cammell Laird awarded conversion contract by Nexans

  • 14-Jan-2010 03:26 EST
Skaggerak midsection.jpg

The Nexans Skagerrak vessel will be lengthened from 106 to 118.5 m (348 to 389 ft) by inserting a new hull section. Shown is midsection work taking place in Laird’s modular shipbuilding hall—one of the largest in Europe.

The Birkenhead, England-based shipyard of Cammell Laird Shiprepairers and Shipbuilders Ltd. has been awarded a contract to lengthen a cable laying ship for Nexans AS of Norway, a subsidiary of the French cable company Nexans Group. The Nexans Skagerrak—the first purpose-built vessel to be designed especially for the transport and installation of submarine high-voltage power cables and umbilicals—arrived at the yard in January for the conversion, which includes lengthening the ship from 106 to 118.5 m (348 to 389 ft) by inserting a new hull section, the installation of an additional accommodation module and supporting systems, and the installation of a new working deck complete with cable handling equipment. Nexans is also upgrading the existing accommodation, installing new hotel systems, and installing new deck cranes. The contract is expected to help maintain 200 jobs in the shipyard and 100 subcontracting roles.

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