XLCC, a UK-based cable company, has completed the model testing of its new Cable Laying Vessel (CLV) in the Netherlands. The ship, designed from the ground up with 3D engineering software by Salt Ship Design, can handle all aspects of cable handling from protecting the quality and integrity of the cable to installation on the seabed. The CLV is capable of using the cables individually or in a bundled pair configuration.
The vessel will make extensive use of battery energy storage systems and shore power to reduce fuel burn and will run on methanol fuel once operational. The new ship is expected to support the Morocco-UK energy project, which will supply four 3,800 km long high-voltage direct current (HVDC) submarine cables from a wind and solar facility in Morocco to Great Britain. SeaTec, the technical services division of global ship management company V.Group, has been tasked with developing the initial requirements statement and continues to support XLCC through concept design and model testing.