Nexans Equipment Installation


22nd October 2020


The installation of the state of the art, MAATS cable lay equipment on board the cable laying vessel Nexans Aurora has now commenced at Ulstein Verft shipyard.

On October 14th MAATS’ & Marine Fabricators’ installation team arrived on site to begin the installation, which kicked off with the 2 lay wheels being fitted at the stern.  These wheels, in combination with the specially designed fairings, assist in guiding the cable in a controlled manner as it enters and exits the vessel. Following the lay wheels, final installation work is now being completed on the MAATS Tensioners and 75t SWL Capstan. The innovative vessel is constructed using the combined expertise of Nexans’ extensive cable laying experience, Skipsteknisk’s naval architecture know-how, Ulstein Verft’s ship-building prowess, and MAATS’ specialist engineering. The vessel boasts a concentric, split basket 10,000Te carousel, dual cable lay capabilities, utilisation of separate Capstan or Tensioner firing lines, and the ability to complete operations in the most severe weather conditions anywhere in the world.

Lay Wheel on crane in front of vessel stern prior to installation

Lay Wheel being installed on Nexans Aurora