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Nexans Marine Operations and Ulstein Verft have entered into a contract on the construction of a new DP3 cable laying vessel. The vessel, an ST-297 CLV design by Skipsteknisk, is an updated version of the Nexans Aurora, delivered in 2021.
The vessel is designed to carry out the transport and laying of various types of subsea cables, including cable bundles as well as recovery and repair. Ulstein Verft is responsible for the vessel's construction and the preparation of its topside equipment. This vessel features a split turntable on deck capable of holding up to 10,000t of cable, an under-deck turntable with a 3,500t cable capacity, and a fibre optic basket holding 450t. The vessel measures 31 metres in width, 149.9 metres in length, and is accommodated for a crew of 90.
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