Sri Lanka’s Colombo Dockyard PLC (CDPLC) has secured a contract to build a cable laying and repair vessel for Orange Marine France, which specialises in submarine telecommunications. The proposed vessel, designed by Vard Design of Norway, will be equipped for sub-sea cable laying and repair duties with a high focus on good sea keeping qualities, excellent station keeping performance and low fuel consumption.
The 100m long, 1800 dwt vessel is due for delivery in early 2023, and will feature an optimised hull form and bow shape developed by Vard enabling the vessel to achieve high speeds and minimise its carbon footprint. It will be able to achieve an impressive 14.5 knots and has accommodation facilities for 76 persons. In addition the new vessel design incorporates three cable tanks able to carry fibre optic and power cables, one of which will be fitted with a carousel.
The BV-classed newbuilding will be fitted out with a diesel-electric propulsion plant, and the propulsion system will include two main azimuth propellers aft and two tunnel thrusters forward. Last year, CDPLC successfully built and delivered a 113m cable layer for Japan and so with this latest contract the yard is further strengthening its position in this complex vessel sector.