The Damen Naval Shipyards Galati launched on Thursday the “Maersk Connector” cable-laying ship, the beneficiaries being Britain’s DeepOcean and the Maersk Supply Service fleet which includes over 60 ships of various types. “Maersk Connector” will operate as part of a charter agreement signed by Maersk Supply Service and DeepOcean.
According to the shipyard’s Human Resources and Corporate Affairs Director Florin Spataru, the ship improves DeepOcean’s capabilities to lay submarine cables and represents an element of enhanced interest for interconnection projects that concern the oil and natural gas sector as well as the renewable energy sector.
The ship, which weighs 9,500 dwt, is over 138.35 meters long, has a width of 27.45 meters, a draft of 6.25 meters, and can carry 90 persons, crewmembers and passengers.
“It is a very complex ship that fills up a void on the global market for submarine cable laying services. The ship can lay two submarine cables at the same time. It will be used at first to connect a wind farm located in northern Belgium,” Spataru pointed out.
The shipyard’s partners contributed to the construction and completion of the ship.
The shipyard will deliver 27 ships this year, just like it did last year.