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Prysmian moves ahead on construction of advanced cable layer

Written by Nick Blenkey
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Leonardo da Vinci

Milan, Italy, headquartered Prysmian Group reports that construction of its advanced cable laying vessel Leonardo da Vinci is on track. The basic design phase has been substantially completed and detail engineering is well in progress.

The keel of the vessel was laid last week at one of Fincantieri Group member Vard’s Norwegian shipyards. Plans are for the $190 million vessel to be operational by second quarter 2021.

Leonardo da Vinci will be the most advanced cable layer in the market and it will dramatically improve the Group’s project execution capabilities,” says Hakan Ozmen, EVP Projects, Prysmian Group.

The 170 m x 34 m Leonardo da Vinci will have deep water installation capabilities for depths of more than 3,000 m and a maximum speed above 14 knots.

It will have two cable carousels with capacities of 7,000 tons and 10,000 tons — the highest carousel capacity in the market, according to Prysmian. The high capacity carousels will enable transportation time from the factory to the site to be reduced, improving overall project efficiency.

The ship’s cable handling and installation equipment have been entirely developed and designed by Prysmian.

The vessel will have a nollard pull of about 200 tons,and the highest pulling/towing capacity in its class.

The DP3 vessel will be classed for improved redundancy of power generation and control systems for back-up dynamic positioning.

It will have a hybrid propulsion system with six generators and two Energy Storage Systems (750 kW each) for a total of 21 MW.

Designed for an operational autonomy of 90 days the ship will have two enclosed hangars for Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) and a helideck certified for take-off and landing of Sikorsky S92 type (18 passengers) and AW 101 helicopters

Crew comfort and safety have been another high priority and the onboard accommodations for 120 people offer ample working spaces and recreational areas, including a fully equipped gym, auditorium, games room, dayroom and officers’ lounge.

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