Prysmian completes hull of new cable laying vessel Leonardo da Vinci


Prysmian Group is moving forward with the construction of the Leonardo da Vinci cable laying vessel with the hull now fully completed including the entire superstructure and the launching ceremony.

The Leonardo da Vinci will be towed to its final destination at Vard’s shipyard in Brattvåg, Norway, for fitting out, installation of main laying equipment, designed, manufactured and supplied directly by Prysmian, and finishing.

The journey will take one month of navigation, from the Danube river and across the Mediterranean Sea, to then sail off the ocean coasts of Portugal, Spain and France up to Norway.

“The Leonardo da Vinci will be the most efficient cable-laying vessel in the world and will support the Group’s long-term growth objectives in the submarine cable installation business, strengthening its leadership in the interconnection and offshore wind farm markets. The Leonardo da Vinci is one of our strategic assets: thanks to its unparalleled features, it will support our customers in matching the increasing need for upgrading power grids and in building infrastructures that allow the energy transition to a zero-emission world.”

Hakan Ozmen, EVP Projects BU.

Prysmian is responsible for the design of all cable installation equipment, such as capstan, turntables and their pick-up arms, tensioners.

This record-breaking vessel will offer enhanced project flexibility thanks to advanced features like: deep water installation capabilities for depths of more than 3,000 meters; 2 carousels of 7,000 and 10,000 tons, which ensure the highest cable loading capacity in the market, enabling an optimized transportation phase from the factories to the installation sites, thus improving overall project efficiency; two independent laying lines to increase its operative flexibility; bollard pull in excess of 180 tons conferring the capability to perform complex installation operations of simultaneous laying and burial, supporting a variety of burial machines like the Heavy Duty Plough and the Hydroplow.

In addition, it will be equipped with a DP3 positioning system, while a specifically designed engine and propulsion set-up will ensure a highly effective seeking capability together with a reduced environmental footprint.

Anela Dokso

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