Darlington based subsea specialists DeepOcean UK has finalised a seven-year charter agreement with Maersk Supply Service that has triggered an order for an offshore construction ship.
A Damen Offshore Carrier DOC 8500 is being built in Romania for an undisclosed sum and it will become part of Maersk Supply Service’s 60-strong fleet.
The DOC 8500 will extend DeepOcean’s capabilities in the larger cable laying end of the market, in addition to its oil & gas sector and renewables work.
Tony Inglis, DeepOcean UK managing director said: “This next generation cable lay vessel in combination with our survey and trenching capabilities will enable us to bundle our services for customers in the offshore power cable and umbilical markets.
“The versatile new vessel will be well suited for installation and burial projects using its 7,000 tonne carousel from land-fall to deepwater and also in remote geographical locations.”
René Berkvens, chief executive of Damen Shipyards Group which is building the vessel, said: “We are very proud of being contracted by Maersk Supply Service and DeepOcean for this cable layer.
“We really believe in the new design, a result of our continuous R&D efforts. This particular vessel has been adapted in close cooperation with our clients, drawing on the expertise of all three companies to create a state-of-the-art offshore construction vessel.”