Damen to build second DOC 8500 cable layer

MARCH 11, 2014 — DeepOcean UK, a subsidiary of DeepOcean Group Holding BV, has entered into a seven year charter agreement with Maersk Supply Services, for a newbuild next generation cable lay vessel.

The vessel will be a Damen Offshore Carrier DOC 8500 and is the vessel of this new design to be ordered from Damen Shipyards Group which will deliver it from its Galati yard in Romania.

The DOC 8500 will extend DeepOcean's capabilities in the larger cable laying end of the market.

"This next generation cable lay vessel in combination with our survey and trenching capabilities will enable us to bundle our services for customers in the offshore power cable and umbilical markets," says Tony Inglis, DeepOcean UK Managing Director. "This next generation cable lay vessel in combination with our survey and trenching capabilities will enable us to bundle our services for customers in the offshore power cable and umbilical markets. The versatile new vessel will be well suited for installation and burial projects using its 7,000 tonne carousel from land-fall to deepwater and also in remote geographical locations.

Remko Bouma of Damen Shipyards Bergum, who is overseeing vessel construction, describes the DOC 8500 as a "semi-customized, modular" design. For DeepOcean, the ship-to-ship rule compliant vessel has been configured to accommodate 90 personnel, mostly in single occupancy cabins.

"The DOC 8500 has been developed as a flexible platform for both transport and installation work offshore," says Mr. Bouma. "Its bow and slender hull optimize sea keeping in rough seas and suppress slamming. The ship will run on either MGO or HFO and has DP2 capabilities in line with offshore market preferences. Its high on-deck cable carrying capacity makes it particularly competitive as a cable layer, while the vessel has also been optimized for shallow water operations, coming complete with a seven-point mooring system and the ability to take the ground fully loaded."

The 138 m length, 27.5 m breadth DOC 8500 features 2,200 sq.m of unobstructed deck of 20 t/sq.m load capacity with ro-ro capability. The 9,300 dwt vessel will have a top speed of 12 knots.