Wind Energy – Cable Installation
P&O Maritime Logistics announced plans to convert one of its Multi-Carrying Vessels (MCV’s) into a Cable-Laying Vessel (CLV).
Powered by alternative energy, the vessel will be the first-of-its-kind within the portfolio of specialised offshore products and services.
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 state-of-the-art battery system, as well as a low-fuel consumption propulsion layout for green methanol fuel.
Supporting P&O Maritime Logistics’ global expansion plans and product offering, 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 vast 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 of 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.”