P&O Maritime Services, owner and operator of specialist science and cargo vessels, has entered the power cable installation market with its vessel CS European Supporter. The company has signed a long-term agreement with UK-headquartered subsea cable specialists, Offshore Marine Management (OMM), for the provision of a suite of capabilities to be marketed with the entrant cable installation vessel.
The European Supporter, formerly Oceanic Viking, is due to enter the European and international power cable market in March 2011 after undergoing a major conversion from a submarine fibre optic vessel to a state-of-the-art power cable installation and trenching vessel.
The agreement means that P&O Maritime Services will operate the vessel and OMM will provide a full cable spread to the industry - cable equipment, trenching, operations and maintenance, remedial and survey.
The 106m, DPII vessel will be equipped with modern cable installation equipment, work-class ROV, ROV trencher and survey spread. All ancillary cable equipment and cable lay deck operations are enclosed, allowing for a 24-hour all weather working area. A further extensive open working deck is atop which will be utilised for mattressing operations.
The vessel will boast DPII capability along with cable coiling arms within her three tanks. She will have capacity for 5000 tonnes of power cable, 60 tonne SWL active heave compensated crane, 20 tonne linear cable engine (20 wheel pair) and a 35 tonne A-frame, amongst other engineered additions and equipment solutions to expand the vessel's capabilities portfolio. The European Supporter offers spacious, comfortable living and recreational facilities for up to 60 personnel.
Andrew King, Managing Director of P&O Maritime Services said that P&O Maritime Services, as part of its strategy to deliver high quality, long term cost effective solutions to the renewables market, is delighted to partner a company of OMM's pedigree.
"We are committed to growing our presence in Europe and in this renewables market," he said. "The European Supporter will offer a unique opportunity to key players in the sector to drive efficiencies and reduce costs whilst still ensuring that the highest safety and operating standards are maintained."
Rob Grimmond, Managing Director of OMM said that the ability to offer project specific solutions with a vessel that is converted to do that job is a very exciting opportunity for both P&O Maritime Services and OMM.
"The strength of P&O Maritime Services and the experience gained by OMM will forge a strong partnership to supply the industry - both clients and cable installation companies - with a total cable installation solution.
"This will improve the quality of power cable installations by sheer design," he added.
The European Supporter will be equipped to conduct all aspects of cable project work including installation, cable burial, mattressing, post installation cable surveys and hold terminations teams with deployable platform vessels.
"This will be the most versatile vessel in the industry," Rob concluded.