Global Offshore, part of cable-lay specialist Global Marine Systems, will add another high-spec cable-lay asset to its fleet shortly
Global Marine Group director of engineering and innovation Martin Drye told the 2020 Offshore Wind Journal conference in London on 4 February, that the vessel will enter service with the company “in the next month.”
Towards the end of 2019, Solstad Offshore, the vessel’s owner, signed a three-year contract with Global Offshore to charter the construction support vessel Normand Clipper. The contract includes options for an additional five years.
Global Offshore will utilise Normand Clipper to support cable laying operations within the renewable energy and oil and gas sectors.
Mr Drye told the conference that the dynamic positioning class 2 vessel is being fitted with a 4,000-tonne cable carousel, two 15-tonne cable tensioners, a 25-tonne quadrant deployment frame and a fully integrated control system.
In the offshore wind sector, the company is targeting inter array cable installation work. The vessel, which will also be capable of repair and replacement, will be capable of operating in a significant wave height of up to 3.0 m.
When not working in the offshore wind sector, Normand Clipper will also be able to install fibre optic telecoms cables and has two 12-tonne linear cable engines, jointing and testing capability, a cable plough, trenching system and work-class remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) for post-lay inspection.
The highly flexible ship will also be capable of working as a dedicated trenching vessel and undertaking inspection, maintenance and repair work. In this mode it will have a Q1400 trencher capable of jetting and cutting and a launch and retrieval system, an 800 m3 clear deck and ship side access, plus two work-class ROVs and an inspection-class ROV.