SB Submarine Systems (SBSS) has taken delivery of Fu Yong 6, a 5,500-tonne capacity power cable installation and maintenance barge for the offshore wind industry. The vessel is on a long-term charter from Zhoushan Yongbo Shipping
A naming ceremony for Fu Yong 6 was held at Zhoushan Huafeng shipyard in China, where the barge was converted.
SBSS managing director Simon Hibberd said, “Today is the start of a new chapter for SBSS as we embark on a 36-month programme of work in the Chinese offshore wind market, installing and burying cables in the East and South China Seas.”
Fu Yong 6 is a multi-purpose cable-lay barge with a 5,500-tonne capacity cable carousel with high-capacity track tensioners and a six-point mooring system.
The barge is a former transportation pontoon and is designed with grounding capability. SBSS said it plans to target the shallow water (up to 100 m) high-voltage export cable installation market, in which demand is currently high in the Chinese offshore wind sector.
Fu Yong 6 is also capable of carrying out shallow water pre-lay shore end operations in the telecommunications sector.
The barge is equipped with a Longli jetting sledge powered by high-capacity submersible pumps. In delivery configuration the sledge will achieve a burial depth of 3.3 m.
On 29 October 2020, Fu Yong 6 completed a 12-day period of sea trials that saw all onboard equipment tested.
The sea trials included testing of a ‘Water Dragon’ cable trencher manufactured and owned by CRRC SMD.
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