General – Cable Laying and Repair Vessel
Singapore based Megamas Resources in partnership with Renaissance Technologies (RTM) has contracted Ulstein Design & Solutions for the design of a modern, advanced, highly integrated, and fuel-efficient cable laying and repair vessel.
This decision was taken in view of the shortage of cable ships, as well as an aging fleet in the submarine cable industry.
Megamas Resources will be introducing the 2 new-builds with the first targeting to be ready for service early 2026, to fill the gap in meeting the industry demands.
The vessel is designed for the laying and maintenance of submarine cables, both fibre-optic telecommunication cables and power cables, covering the inter-array and export power cables for offshore wind farms.
The cable ship will be 120 metres long with a beam of 23 metres. She can accommodate 70 people, with a deadweight capacity of 8,000 tonnes, and is yet able to achieve a passage speed of 14 knots.
The cable ship is DP2 Class and can operate in shallow water down to 15 metres. She also has a built-in advanced acoustic sonar capable of producing seabed maps quicker and with greater quality, ensuring the highest resolution data and hence reducing ship survey time and cost.
She will be equipped with two cable tanks, of which one to be fitted with a carousel system and a guided spooler. An integral hangar enabling operations and sheltered maintenance of TROV (Trenching ROV) and an A-Frame for plough deployment over the stern enable the vessel to undertake all type of cable burial operations.