Cable-laying vessel NKT Victoria starts operation

Tuesday, 16 May, 2017 - 12:00
After the naming ceremony the NKT Victoria headed out for its first cable-laying project north of Scotland. (Photo: NKT)
After the naming ceremony the NKT Victoria headed out for its first cable-laying project north of Scotland.(Photo: NKT)

With a ceremony at the power cable plant in Karlskrona, Sweden, NKT’s new state-of-the art cable-laying vessel was named NKT Victoria. The new vessel is among the world’s most advanced and its design is based on extensive experience with offshore installations.

NKT Victoria lays high-voltage offshore cables with high precision based on e.g. DP3 (Dynamic Positioning) capability and a remotely operated vehicle using cameras and sonar. If not incorporated in the power cable itself, fiber optic cables for monitoring purposes can be placed simultaneously.

These, and many more cutting-edge features, shall contribute to higher efficiency and precision of the installation and service execution, while offering maximum safety for the crew. In addition, NKT Victoria uses a power-from-shore solution together with onboard energy storage systems. According to NKT this reduces fuel and CO2 consumption significantly compared with other cable-laying vessels available in the market. The power-from-shore connection can be maintained while loading the cable onto the vessel which results in a more environmental-friendly operation.

With the vessel, NKT completes its high-voltage AC/DC power cable system offering to include planning, design, manufacturing, installation and related cable-laying services. The offering is called CIS turnkey (Cable system, Installation and Service) and allows for customers to have one partner throughout the lifetime of a cable system to increase project flexibility and lower execution risks and costs.

Michael Hedegaard Lyng, President and CEO of NKT, says: “With this cable-laying vessel we are now among the very few AC/DC high-voltage offshore cable system providers to deliver complete turnkey solutions. We are well-positioned to continue taking an active part in the growing global market for offshore wind projects and further build on our reputation as a trusted partner in this industry.”

NKT / Silke Funke

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