Prysmian Group has welcomed a third cable lay vessel, named Ulisse, to its fleet following a EUR 20 million investment.
Following the purchase from the ship owner EOS, the flat top barge has been converted into a 120 m by 33 m cable layer at the PaxOcean shipyard in Singapore.
Renamed Ulisse, she now has an eight point spread mooring system and is capable of transporting 7,000 tonnes of cable in a 30 m diameter carousel.
The vessel can be equipped with a carousel loading pick-up arm and a stern mounted cable chute for loading and surface lay operations.
Ulisse has now joined Prysmian’s other two cable layers: Giulio Verne and Cable Enterprise.
“Our objective is to have a more comprehensive control of our supply chain by insourcing a greater part of the installation work and to further boost the Group’s submarine project execution capabilities with a flexible asset that can both transport submarine cables and perform cable lay and burial installation operations in shallow waters,” said Massimo Battaini, Energy Projects Senior Vice President at Prysmian Group.
“Thanks to this new vessel we can offer an ever wider and more versatile range of installation services, thus strengthening our position in a highly strategic sector for the Group.”