IHC to Kit Out Maersk Connector with Plough System

IHC has secured an order for a cutting edge power cable plough system, destined for the recently launched cable installation vessel, Maersk Connector, chartered to DeepOcean.

The equipment to be provided by IHC comprises a 3.3m trench depth power cable plough, a sea state 5 LARS and tow winch. The provision of 300kW of jetting and 150t pull force enables complete operation in the widest range of seabeds. The jetting system has been designed in close collaboration with DeepOcean.

Additional technologies include the capability for simultaneous lay and burial operations with subsea cable loading. It has a 5m MBR product route, facilitating trenching of the vast majority of current and planned export power cables. IHC’s patented rotating bellmouth provides a more product friendly cable route, especially when the plough is being deployed through the water column.

IHC and DeepOcean plan to install and test the equipment on Maersk Connector in Q4 2016.

DeepOcean’s Maersk Connector, designed and built by Damen, will be the only power cable vessel with grounding capability, DP2, 7 point mooring and a bespoke IHC LARS having both tow winch render and constant tension capabilities.

DeepOcean’s Commercial Director Pierre Boyde said: “This is a key piece of technology for our State of the Art Cable Vessel Maersk Connector. It enables DeepOcean to offer significantly better power cable installation and protection that has previously not been available in the market. We are delighted to work with IHC in introducing this game changing technology in combination with employing the North East UK supply chain.”

The Plough system will be designed and largely built in the UK, both securing jobs in the North East of England and demonstrating the value of offshore wind in terms of UK industrial development.

IHC and DeepOcean have worked closely with Energi Coast colleagues to capitalise on the offshore renewable energy sector expertise from the region and North East England’s offering to the industry.

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