Launch of the Maersk Connector and Legionnaire
(With videos and extra pictures) In July, Damen launched both the Damen Offshore Carrier 8500 Maersk Connector and the second 80-metre ice class Ro-Pax ferry Legionnaire at its Galati yard in Romania.
The Maersk Connector is owned and operated by Maersk Supply Service and is built to contract for a seven year charter agreement with DeepOcean. It is the second of a new generation of cable-laying vessels developed by the Damen Shipyards Group.
Equipped with survey and trenching capabilities, it will extend DeepOcean’s capabilities in the larger cable-laying end of the market. Its 7000 tonne carousel will make it well suited for installation and burial projects from land-fall to deep water and also for operations in remote geographical locations. The vessel is designed to meet the high standards demanded by North Sea oil and gas customers.
The MV Legionnaire is sister ship to the MV Veteran, launched earlier this year at the Romanian yard. Both vessels are part of a large vessel replacement programme being undertaken by the Provincial Government. 81 metres in length and with a beam of 17 metres, it will carry up to 200 passengers and 60 cars (PAE) at a cruising speed of 14 knots. MV Legionnaire will operate on the short-haul route from Portugal Cove to Bell Island, the busiest route of the province.
Both vessels were discussed by editor Gerrit J. de Boer in SWZ Maritime's regular section "Maand Maritiem" in SWZ Maritime July-August 2015 (to appear 28 August).
Below some videos and extra pictures of the launches of the vessels (all by Damen Shipyards).