Feb 21, 2023 | offshore marine news

DP World company P&O Maritime Logistics, a provider of maritime services, has announced plans to convert one of its Multi-Carrying Vessels (MCVs) into a Cable-Laying Vessel (CLV) to be powered by alternative energy.

Set to start operations in the third quarter of 2024, the conversion aligns with P&O Maritime Logistics’ commitment to decarbonising the industry by progressively moving towards zero-carbon operations. To achieve these ambitious goals, the company’s newly converted vessel will be equipped with a battery system and low fuel consumption propulsion layout for green methanol fuel.

The new CLV will give P&O Maritime Logistics’ customers the ability to connect offshore structures and bring offshore energy onshore by installing export and inner array cables across long distances. The company anticipates that one of the main use of the vessel will be to connect offshore wind farms with the mainland, marking yet another contribution in the company’s effort to enable the Green Energy Shift.

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

Marc van der Zwaluw, Project Manager C-Job Naval Architects, said: “We are pleased to support P&O Maritime Logistics with the design of a cable-laying vessel by repurposing an existing module carrier vessel. 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 optimised 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 optimised vessel performance and features a DP2 positioning system and a low fuel consumption propulsion layout that is ready for green methanol fuel and zero emission operations.”

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