Vard starts construction hybrid cable lay and construction vessel for Toyo Construction – Heavy Lift News
3 Jul 2024

Vard starts construction hybrid cable lay and construction vessel for Toyo Construction

On Monday 1 July, the steel cutting ceremony for Japanese construction company Toyo Construction’s new hybrid cable lay and construction vessel NB 980 took place at Vard Shipyards in Romania.

The tailor-made vessel is of VARD 9 15 design and is especially developed for the need of the customer to cater for the growing Japanese offshore wind market, as well as to operate worldwide.

The vessel is 150m long, has a beam of 28m and a cable carrying capacity of 9000 tons. It will have an optimal hull design to suit the natural and construction conditions in Japan, allowing it to be used in both shallow waters and deep waters for floating offshore wind power generation and DC power transmission projects. She will be able to carry out construction work at a high rate of operation in a wide range of ocean areas.

The vessel is prepared for Inter-array, HVAC export and interconnector cable lay as well as cable burial operation and construction work. In addition to being used as a self-propelled cable-laying vessel, the vessel has a high-performance crane and a large deck area, making it suitable for multi-purpose applications such as ground-based foundation work, floating offshore wind mooring work, and marine resource-related projects. The vessel will also have a 4-point mooring system and helideck installed.

The vessel is developed with the latest sustainable technologies to reduce the carbon footprint during operations and port mooring. It will have a large battery pack, a shore supply connection, and a state-of-the-art energy management system. This sustainable set-up will result in higher energy efficiency reducing CO2, NOx, and SOx emissions.

The vessel is scheduled for completion by the first half of 2026.  Source: Vard Shipyard

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