Prysmian has taken delivery of its new 170-metres-long cable-laying vessel (CLV) Leonardo da Vinci.
Leonardo da Vinci’s first deployment will be the installation of the Viking Link submarine cable connection between the UK and Denmark.
The vessel has just arrived at Prysmian’s Arco Felice production plant for submarine cables in order to load the cable for installation.
Later this year, the cable layer will be dedicated to the execution of other projects, such as the submarine power interconnection between the Spanish islands Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, and the Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm in France, Prysmian said.
The official launching ceremony will take place by the second quarter of 2022.
To remind, Leonardo da Vinci, ordered in April 2018, was built at Vard’s shipyard in Tulcea in Romania.
The vessel completed its first trip to open sea at the beginning of June, after which it carried out sea trials.
According to Prysmian, the CLV offers a high degree of project versatility thanks to deepwater installation capabilities for depths of more than 3,000 meters, a maximum speed slight above 16 knots, as well as two carousels of 7,000 and 10,000 tonnes, which ensure the highest carousel capacity in the market.
“Leonardo da Vinci is the most efficient cable layer in the world and from now onwards it will support the Group’s long-term growth in the submarine cable installation business. It will be a game changer in strengthening our leadership in the interconnection and offshore wind farm markets,” said Valerio Battista, Prysmian Group CEO.