VBMS Boosts Subsea Cable Storage Capacity in the Netherlands

VBMS has expanded its subsea cable storage and handling capacity with new facilities at the port of Vlissingen and at the port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

At the port of Vlissingen, VBMS has opened a new ISPC-certified cable storage facility with a 2,300-meter-long quay for on- and offloading and direct access to the North Sea. Both onshore and offshore access is unrestricted and the area can be increased when required, the company said.

Rick van Bruggen, Repairs Manager, said: “Our key drivers for reducing costs for our clients are our flexibility, fast response time and our in-house capabilities. This new facility enables us to meet the growing demand for strategic spare parts management and rapid deployment when, for example, a cable has failed and minimising downtime is critical.”

In collaboration with Blue Offshore, the company has also completed the construction of a subsea cable storage and splicing facility at the port of Rotterdam, which comprises two turntables, a jointing habitat and a range of equipment through which cables can be offloaded from and transferred and loaded onto floating barges or vessels, VBMS said.

The company now operates three cable storage facilities in the Netherlands, located in Vlissingen and Dordrecht and Moerdijk in the Port of Rotterdam area.

VBMS has expanded its subsea cable storage and handling facilities in order to provide its clients with a one-stop shop for subsea power cable installation and repair solutions, the company said.

By extending its services, VBMS believes it can take full control and responsibility for the integrity of its clients’ cable investment in order to increase overall performance and optimise operating costs during an offshore wind farm’s operational lifetime.

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