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KVAERNER DELIVERS WORLD'S LARGEST PURPOSE-BUILT CABLE SHIP

The naming ceremony and delivery of what is reportedly the world's largest purpose-built cable ship took place at Kvaerner Masa-Yards' Turku New Shipyard recently. The ship, ordered by Cable & Wireless (Marine) Limited of Chelmsford, U.K., was named CS Cable Innovator.

Cable & Wireless (Marine) Ltd. is, a leading operator of cable ships around the world. The company currently operates a fleet of 10 specialized laying, maintenance and survey vessels based in different locations. The new generation of cable-laying ship was developed especially tor the growing fiber-optic submarine cable market. It is intended for worldwide transocean cablelaying.

Its home port will be London.

The CS Cable Innovator has a gross tonnage of 14,000 tons and a deadweight of 9,400 tons. It has an overall length of 477 ft. (145.4 m), a breadth of 78.7 ft. (24 m) and a draft of 27.9 ft. (8.5 m). The vessel features a fully stern-working concept, designed to enhance operational performance. The diesel-electric ship is fitted with a fully dynamic positioning system.

Kvaerner Masa-Yards has specialized in the construction of cable ships since the early 1960s. CS Cable Innovator is the 16th cable ship delivered from the company's yards. The approximately $3.4 billion orderbook of Kvaerner Masa-Yards includes one other cable ship, for a Singaporean interest. For more information on Kvaerner Masa-Yards Circle 157 on Reader Service Card




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