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Cammell Laird completes major conversion contract for Nexans

posted on April 22, 2010 categories Project News

Birkenhead based shipyard, Cammell Laird Shiprepairers and Shipbuilders Ltd, has completed major contract to lengthen the Skagerrak, a cable laying ship for Nexans, the worldwide leader in the cable industry.

Cammell Laird Managing Director Linton Roberts said the yard had ‘pulled out all the stops’ to complete the multi-million pound fast track conversion and upgrade contract in two months.

“The major element of the project was construction and insertion of a new 12.5 metre pre-fabricated hull section that has increased the overall length to 112.25 metres,” he said. “An accommodation module has also been built and installed taking the total number of single cabins on board to 60. We have further installed a new working deck complete with cable handling equipment that has increased the on deck storing capacity to 2000m2 from 900m2. The upgrade has increased the ship’s deadweight from 7886 tonnes to 9373 tonnes. These modifications will allow the vessel to perform more extended cable laying operations as well as increasing her service life.”

Nexans’ Umbilicals & Submarine High Voltage Business Group Managing Director Krister Granlie said the contract has increased the Skagerrak’s capability to carry out even larger scale power cable and umbilical installation projects, to meet the changing needs of customers in the subsea interconnector and oil & gas sectors.

“Owning and operating our own dedicated cable ship forms a vital part of Nexans’ strategy to provide a comprehensive service for subsea projects, from design, development and manufacture to installation,” he said. “This major upgrade and conversion of the C/S Skagerrak underlines our commitment to the subsea sector, and ensures we are well prepared to handle the growing market trend for ever longer cables and larger scale installations.”

Mr. Granlie said Nexans had chosen Cammell Laird to undertake the contract after receiving good technical and financial references.

“The Cammell Laird shipyard was selected for the C/S Nexans Skagerrak upgrade project as Nexans regards it as a reputable company,” he said. “It also had the capacity available to suit Nexans’ programme and was competitive on price and conditions. Furthermore, the location of the shipyard in the UK fitted in well with the ship’s route to its next cable laying project in the North Sea.”

Cammell Laird Shiprepairers and Shipbuilders Chief Executive John Syvret said the yard is hugely proud of the conversion and is keen to use its success to catapult the yard further into the international conversion market.

“We have a clear aim to propel the business forward into the global marine market,” he said. “We are well known for our work with the Ministry of Defence. However, we also undertake extensive work in the commercial market and a key target for us has always been the international ship conversion industry. To complete a conversion of this quality from a prestigious customer such as Nexans is an endorsement of the world class skills we have in the shipyard. Moreover it confirms the quality of our facilities, including our modular shipbuilding hall, one of the largest in Europe. Projects like this are the best advert possible to sell this shipyard and the Merseyside marine business ‘cluster’ to the global market.”