Keppel Hitachi Zosen has clinched a contract to build two cable
laying and repair vessels for a total contract value of more than $74.6 million from C. S. Tycom Reliance, Inc., a subsidiary of Tyco Submarine Systems Ltd.
The construction of the cable laying and repair ships will be performed by Hitachi Zosen Singapore
, a division of Keppel Hitachi Zosen
Work on the two newbuildings has commenced, with the first vessel scheduled
for delivery in the third quarter
, and the second vessel in the fourth quarter of 2001.
The cable laying and repair vessels, each 7,8000-dwt, are twinscrew, diesel electric-driven and dynamically positioned ships. Measuring 459 ft. (140 m), a breadth of 69 ft. (21 m), with a designed load draft of 25 ft. (7.8 m), the vessels have a speed of 13.9 knots.