DeepOcean 1 UK Ltd., a subsidiary of the Dutch DeepOcean Group Holding BV (DeepOcean), recently held a naming ceremony for the ‘Maersk Connector’ in corporation with Maersk Supply Service.
DeepOcean was joined by over 90 guests from the offshore renewable and power transmission industry to witness godmother Haydee Noemi Castillo Diaz de Boyde, the wife of DeepOcean’s Commercial Director Mr Pierre Boyde, successfully naming the vessel and wishing her and her crew a safe and prosperous onward journey.
Pierre Boyde commented “we are extremely proud to have shared this ceremony with our partners and clients. The Maersk Connector is the most advanced power cable lay vessel in the world and the only vessel of her type that can go right up to the beach and go aground fully loaded with cable. She can install a power cable in a single length from the beach to the offshore wind farm, enabling increased reliability and reducing cost for the system operators. The vessel will be used to install the export cables of the Walney Extension windfarm in the UK followed by the Nemo Link interconnector project.”
The Maersk Connector was built by Damen to a bespoke DeepOcean specification, on schedule and budget. She was delivered in cooperation with vessel owner Maersk Supply Service and is on long term charter to DeepOcean. Maersk Supply Service’s Chief Operating Officer Soren Karas commented “The name giving ceremony celebrates a very successful collaboration between DeepOcean and Maersk Supply Service. We look forward to working with DeepOcean to demonstrate this vessel’s unique capabilities”.
The ceremony was held at A&P Tyne in Newcastle, UK where work to install the duel concentric 7000 tonne split capacity basket carousel, loading arms and associated cable handling equipment is nearing completion. Collaboration between DeepOcean and A&P is ongoing to ensure the vessel is ready to carry out secured work commitments.
By Jake Frith