Nexans' newest cable laying vessel, the Nexans Aurora, was launched at Ulstein Verft in early November 2020. The 149.9m-long and 31m-wide vessel will be working in the offshore renewables market, installing subsea cables to connect offshore wind farms to the grid and interconnector systems.
The hull arrived at Ulstein Verft in June 2020 for its finishing works, including installation of the remaining main equipment (engines, thrusters, main switchboards, winches), cable lay equipment, and other minor and major installations.
After the launch, the Nexans Aurora was positioned quayside at Ulstein Verft for the last outfitting and start-up commissioning phases.
The vessel will be the flagship of the Nexans fleet; its first assignment will be for the Seagreen wind farm, off the Scottish coast, beginning in the third quarter of 2021.
The vessel was developed by Nexans, Skipsteknisk, Ulstein Verft and MAATS Tech, each experienced in their own fields to produce an advanced installation vessel for worldwide operations, covering the full range of shallow and deep subsea activities.