Colombo Dockyard has held a keel laying ceremony for its first ever cable layer vessel, for Kokusai Cable Ship Co. Ltd. (KCS) Japan. This will be the biggest ever vessel, in terms of contract value as well as length, to be built by the yard.
The new 111.3m long, 5300 dwt vessel is designed for subsea operations, carrying out cable installation and repairs to optical and power cables. It will have a carrying capacity of 5000 tonnes, while passive roll reduction tanks will help minimise the effect of ship rolling. Other features include low resistance hull lines designed for speed and low fuel consumption.
The DP 2 class vessel will be diesel electric driven and will have a bollard pull of 80 tonnes and a range of 10,000 nautical miles. The basic design and production drawings will be supplied by Vard Designs. The newbuilding, which will be classed by ClassNK, is due for delivery in March 2019.