SBSS Targets Offshore Wind with Converted Cable Lay Barge

Chinese provider of submarine cable installation and maintenance solutions S.B. Submarine Systems (SBSS) has taken delivery of Fu Yong 6, a 5,500t power cable installation and maintenance barge.

SBSS Targets Offshore Wind with Converted Cable Lay Barge
Source: SBSS

On a long-term charter with Zhoushan Yongbo Shipping, Fu Yong 6 was delivered from Zhoushan Huafeng yard, where the ex-transportation barge was converted into a multi-purpose cable lay barge.

“Today is the start of a new chapter for SBSS as we embark on a 36-month program of work specifically in the Chinese windfarm market, installing and deep- burying cables in the East and South China Seas utilizing the barge, and equipment, you will see today,” SBSS Managing Director Simon Hibberd said during the delivery ceremony.

Fu Yong 6 is equipped with a 5,500t capacity cable carousel system with high capacity caterpillar track tensioners and a six-point mooring system.

The barge is designed with grounding capability. SBSS will target the shallow water high-voltage export cable installation market, where such services are currently in high demand at the Chinese offshore wind farms, the company said.

On 29 October, Fu Yong 6 completed a 12-day period of sea trials, which also included function and burial testing of the subsea cable trencher Water Dragon, manufactured and owned by CRRC SMD.

SBSS Targets Offshore Wind with Converted Cable Lay Barge
Source: SBSS
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