DeepOcean charters newbuild cable lay vessel
DARLINGTON, United Kingdom -- DeepOcean UK has entered into a 7-year charter agreement with Maersk Supply Services, for a newbuild, next generation cable lay vessel.
The vessel is the DOC 8500, a Damen Offshore Carrier which has been designed specifically to suit DeepOcean’s requirements. The DOC 8500 will extend DeepOcean’s capabilities in the larger cable laying end of the market, representing a new focus on Interconnector projects, in addition to oil and gas sector and renewables work. The specially equipped vessel will be delivered from the Damen Galati yard in Romania.
Owned and operated by Maersk Supply Service, the vessel will become the latest addition to the Maersk offshore support vessel fleet.
Remko Bouma of Damen Shipyards Bergum, who is overseeing vessel construction, describes the DOC 8500 as a “semi-customised, 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 Bouma. “Its bow and slender hull optimise 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 ondeck 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 long, 27.5-m wide DOC 8500 features 2,200 sq m of unobstructed deck of 20T/m2 load capacity with ro-ro capability. The 9,300dwt vessel will have a top speed of 12 knots.