P&O Maritime Logistics announces zero-emission cable-laying vessel

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A multi-carrying vessel (MCV) operated by P&O Maritime Logistics will be converted into a cable-laying vessel (CLV) powered by an alternative energy source. The vessel will have a battery system installed in addition to a low fuel consumption propulsion layout for green methanol fuel to support the company’s decarbonization goals.

The converted CLV will enable P&O Maritime Logistics customers to connect offshore structures and bring offshore energy onshore by installing export and inner array cables across large distances. Work will include the connecting of offshore wind farms with the mainland.

“The conversion of our vessel is a real step change. It means, apart from expanding our existing services and products into a more specialized offering, that we can also make a positive contribution to the decarbonization of our industry,” Martin Helweg, CEO of P&O Maritime Logistics.

“One way of doing this is by using alternative energy to power the converted vessel. The other important contribution is that the cable-laying vessel will predominately support the construction, development and maintenance of existing and prospective wind farms. Lastly, and by repurposing an existing vessel, we are able to extend the lifetime of this particular product quite significantly to keep up with the increasing demand in the sector.”

“We are pleased to support P&O Maritime Logistics with the design of a cable-laying vessel by repurposing an existing module carrier vessel,” commented Marc van der Zwaluw, project manager at C-Job Naval Architects. “With the increasing demand in the offshore wind sector, this vessel will be able to meet the operational demands for the installation of next-generation windmill infrastructure thanks to its optimized deck layout.

“Furthermore, in close cooperation with P&O Maritime Logistics, we were able to create a design that was best suited to their operational profile. The design focused on optimized vessel performance and features a DP-2 positioning system and a low fuel consumption propulsion layout that is ready for green methanol fuel and zero-emission operations.”

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