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Colombo Dockyard secures contract to build cable laying and repair vessel for Orange Marine France

Colombo Dockyard PLC (CDPLC), the leader of Shipbuilding Industry in Sri Lanka and one of the most competitive Shipyards in South Asia, secured a contract to build a Cable Laying and Repair Vessel (vessel) to Orange Marine France.

Orange Marine is a French company specializing in the field of submarine telecommunications, from the initial design, engineering, to installation of intercontinental and regional links, and maintenance of existing cables. The Orange Marine’s fleet is one of the most experienced in the world and represents 15% of the world fleet.

The Contract signing was held recently and Mr. Didier Dillard CEO of Orange Marine signed the contract in the presence of Emmanuel Décugis Head of Fleet and Crew Department and  D.V. Abeysinghe MD/CEO signed the Contract on behalf of the CDPLC in the presence of Hideaki Tanaka Chairman, K. Kanaya Director, S. Asai Alternate Director and the Senior Management team of Colombo Dockyard.

At this historic moment, it is worthy of acknowledging the support and assistance extended by the President of Sri Lanka, HE the Ambassador of France to Sri Lanka, State Minister of Warehouse facilities, Container yards, Port supply facilities, and Boats & Shipping Industry Development, Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry, Sri Lankan Embassy in France, Export Development Board, Board of Investment, enabling a team from Colombo Dockyard to travel to France to negotiate and finalize the contractual documents under special approval, giving priority to continuation of economic activities without hindrance during this pandemic times.

The proposed vessel is a modern, high technology vessel which is specially designed and equipped for sub-sea cable lay and repair operation duties with a high focus on good sea keeping qualities, excellent station keeping performance and low fuel consumption.

The vessel has been designed by Vard Design AS of Norway and an optimized hull form and bow shape developed by Vard has been incorporated in the design, enabling the vessel to achieve high speeds and minimize its carbon footprints, to be a highly eco-friendly vessel.

The vessel’s primary activities shall be to carry out cable operations, including laying, repair and ROV inspection. The vessel is able to mobilize power cable lay spread to perform subsea inter array cable laying. The vessel is 100m in length with a beam of 18.8m and a Depth of 7.15m and shall have a deadweight capacity of 1800 DWT. The vessel can achieve an impressive speed of 14.5 knots and has accommodation facilities for 76 persons. The vessel has three cable tanks to carry fiber optic and power cables. One of the three tanks is fitted with a Carousel.