DEME has concluded an agreement with the Norwegian shipping company Eidesvik for the acquisition of the offshore installation vessel DP3 Viking Neptun.
Representing a “substantial investment”, this decision underlines DEME’s commitment to its customers and supports the continued growth of the offshore wind industry.
This latest addition to its fleet of vessels also confirms DEME’s mission to build long-lasting, sustainable and environmentally friendly operations.
Built to the highest Norwegian quality standards, Viking Neptun currently has one turntable capable of handling 4,500 tonnes of cable below deck, but DEME will further increase capacity by adding a second 7,000 tonne cable turntable on the bridge.
The addition of the vessel is part of DEME’s strategy to deploy the most versatile and high-tech fleet in the sector.
DEME already operates the pioneering DP3 Living Stone cable installation vessel, which it claims is one of the fastest and most efficient vessels in the cable installation industry.
Continuing DEME’s efforts to provide a sustainable and scalable fleet, the vessel is fully compliant with the latest emission standards and features the latest environmental technologies, including a battery pack for optimum fuel efficiency and more sustainable operations.
The 145 meter long vessel is also equipped with a large clear deck and a 400 ton Active Heave Compensated Knuckle Boom crane, which also makes Viking Neptun ideal for the construction of floating wind farms.
Hugo Bouvy, Managing Director of DEME Offshore, said: “DEME is always concerned with anticipating the future demands of our customers and supporting them in their growth.
“The acquisition of a second large cable laying vessel ensures that we are ready to meet their current and future needs, and that we are playing a proactive role in helping to facilitate the energy transition.
“Since its introduction, our DP3 Living Stone offshore installation vessel has made its mark in the industry, with unparalleled capabilities.
“We are sure that Viking Neptun will have an equally impressive career in the DEME fleet and this underlines our efforts to meet and exceed the requirements of our customers.
“At DEME, we also share the Eidesvik team’s focus on promoting more environmentally friendly operations and we will also explore opportunities for cooperation between our two companies.”
Viking Neptun is expected to join the DEME fleet in the last quarter of 2022.