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Nexus – cable laying ship
The new Van Oord owned cable-laying shipwas christened in early March by Mrs J. Damen-Carli, the wife of Mr Kommer Damen, chairman of Damen Shipyards Group. This highly specialized vessel is designed to connect the extensive array of power cables inherent to offshore wind farms.
Built by Damen Shipyard, Galata, Rumania
Owned and managed by Van Oord, Gorinchem, The Netherlands
GRT 8,650 tons
DWT 8,400 tons
Accommodation for 90 crew and technical staff
Nexus is equipped with a 5,000 ton rated cable carrousel and a 100-ton rated main crane. The first project for Nexus will be the Gemini offshore wind park that will be built 85km off the coast of Groningen, The Netherlands. The construction phase has started and will be fully operational in 2017. The 600MW wind park will consist of 150 wind turbines with a capacity of 4MW each and designed to deliver electricity to more than 1.5 million people. Van Oord is involved in the Gemini project as a 10% shareholder and as the EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contractor. The EPC contract encompasses supplying and installing the foundations, the entire electrical infrastructure, including the offshore and onshore high voltage stations, the cables, and the installation of the Siemens wind turbines. In addition to Nexus, Van Oord will be deploying several vessels, including the specially developed offshore installation vessel Aeolus for construction of the park.
Nexus is the Latin word for connection, more than a suitable name for a ship that will connect offshore wind turbines with each other and to the Dutch mainland.