Royal IHC to supply power cablelay spread for offshore vessel

Global Marine Group has awarded Royal IHC a contract for the design and delivery of an integrated power cablelay spread. This will be installed on its newly chartered vessel, the Normand Clipper, a deepwater subsea construction and umbilical lay DP vessel.

The spread is optimised for inter-array cablelay and includes a patented quadrant handling system for second-end deployment operations. The equipment also includes IHC’s 15Te break-back tensioners and an overarching control system. This integrates the control of the carousel, tensioners and quadrant handling system, which will enhance efficiency by reducing the required number of operators.

Furthermore, the modular design of the spread enables rapid mobilisation and demobilisation. This allows for greater versatility with regard to the type of contracts the vessel can carry out, ensuring flexibility for future operations.

Together with KCI, its independent engineering subsidiary, IHC will provide the equipment within an accelerated delivery period. The tensioners will be provided on a long-term charter agreement from IHC’s base in Newcastle.

‘We are very pleased to bring our new vessel, Normand Clipper, into service in the first quarter of 2020,’ says Martyn Drye, Director of Engineering Director at Global Marine Group. This is a significant new asset for our Global Offshore business, allowing us to increase our capability and capacity to deliver well-engineered solutions for our customers. The fully integrated control system, with active heave compensation ensures that we will maximise our installation capability and protect our customers cables effectively.’

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.