Vard Completing Van Oord's Calypso Construction at Brattvåg Yard – Heavy Lift News
27 Oct 2022

Vard Completing Van Oord’s Calypso Construction at Brattvåg Yard

Van Oord have announced that their new cable-laying vessel Calypso is on its way, under tow, to the Vard Brattvåg yard in Norway to complete construction, after a successful and safe launch at Vard’s shipyard in Tulcea in Romania, last week.  The construction schedule is progressing well, with the vessel expected to be operational as from the end of 2023.


The Vard shipyard in Brattvåg, Ålesund, Norway (Photograph courtesy of Vard)


The next-generation, custom-built vessel will be a key strategic addition to Van Oord’s offshore wind fleet, being equipped with the latest sustainable technologies.



The Calypso is Van Oord’s second cable-laying vessel in addition to the Nexus. It measures 131m in length and 28m across the beam and will be Dutch flagged. The new DP2 vessel will not only be fitted with a carousel on deck but also with a second, below-deck cable carousel, with a total cable-carrying capacity of 8,000t.




Offshore wind is a key contributor to achieving climate change targets around the world. By investing in state-of-the-art sustainable technology, Van Oord contributes to the energy transition, making offshore wind more competitive. The Calypso will mainly be deployed to install inter-array grid and export cables for offshore wind projects, including high-voltage direct current (HVDC) cables. Van Oord’s highly innovative cable trenchers can also be operated from the vessel.

Source Van Oord and Vard

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