Construction of Nexans Aurora Hull proceeding

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Norwegian shipbuilder Ulstein Group has announced that the completion of the hull of the DP3 Cable Layer Nexans Aurora is close and the ship will soon be moved to its Norwegian yard for completion.

All the grand blocks for the Nexans Aurora have now been assembled at the hull yard, CRIST in Poland. Work tasks such as some steel work, outfitting and paint work now need to be carried out before the hull can be towed to Ulstein Verft, Norway, for finalising. Delivery is scheduled for 2021.

Nexans Aurora is a DP3 cable laying vessel that will be outfitted for power cable laying, including bundle laying, jointing and repair, and cable system protection and trenching. The contract between Nexans and Ulstein Verft was announced in July 2018. Hull construction started in February 2019.

The 149.9m loa and 31m beam vessel was designed by Skipsteknisk. It is equipped with a large capacity cable handling spread including a 10,000t split turntable with dual product lay lines. The vessel also contains a dedicated enclosed cable splicing area offering a controlled environment for performance of all product splicing and termination work to the exact standard as performed in the Nexans factories. The vessel accommodates up to 90 persons.