20 February 2023

  • Concept design of Multi-Carrying Vessel conversion into Cable-Laying Vessel is now complete and company expects the vessel to be ready to start operations in Q3 2024.
  • The highly manoeuvrable vessel features a low fuel consumption propulsion layout for green methanol fuel and zero emission operations
  • Vessel will be tasked with connecting offshore wind farms
  • It features an ultra-shallow draft, engineered grounding capability, and has a 4,000-tonne cable load capacity
  • P&O Maritime Logistics’ efforts aligned with broader strategy aimed at decarbonising the logistics and maritime sector

Dubai, UAE, 20 February 2023: P&O Maritime Logistics, a leading provider of maritime services globally, today announced plans to convert one of its Multi-Carrying Vessels (MCV’s) into a Cable-Laying Vessel (CLV). Powered by alternative energy, the vessel will be the first-of-its-kind within the company’s fast-expanding portfolio of specialised offshore products and services.

Set to start operations in the third quarter of 2024, the conversion aligns with P&O Maritime Logistics’ commitment to decarbonising the industry by progressively moving towards zero-carbon operations. To achieve these ambitious goals, the company’s newly converted vessel will be equipped with a state-of-the-art battery system, as well as a low fuel consumption propulsion layout for green methanol fuel.

Supporting P&O Maritime Logistics’ global expansion plans and product offering, the new CLV will give P&O Maritime Logistics’ customers the ability to connect offshore structures and bring offshore energy onshore by installing export and inner array cables across vast distances. The company anticipates that one of the main use of the vessel will be to connect offshore wind farms with the mainland, marking yet another contribution in the company’s effort to enable the Green Energy Shift.

Martin Helweg, CEO of P&O Maritime Logistics said:

 “The conversion of our vessel is a real step change. It means, apart from expanding our existing services and products into a more specialised offering, that we can also make a positive contribution to the decarbonisation of our industry. One way of doing this is by using alternative energy to power the converted vessel. The other important contribution is that the Cable Laying Vessel will predominately support the construction, development, and maintenance of existing and prospective wind farms. Lastly, and by repurposing an existing vessel, we are able to extend the lifetime of this particular product quite significantly to keep up with the increasing demand in the sector.”

Speaking about the conversion, Marc van der Zwaluw, Project Manager at C-Job Naval Architects, said:

“We are pleased to support P&O Maritime Logistics with the design of a cable-laying vessel by repurposing an existing module carrier vessel. With the increasing demand in the offshore wind sector, this vessel will be able to meet the operational demands for the installation of next-generation windmill infrastructure thanks to its optimised deck layout.

“Furthermore, in close cooperation with P&O Maritime Logistics, we were able to create a design that was best suited to their operational profile. The design focused on optimised vessel performance and features a DP-2 positioning system and a low fuel consumption propulsion layout that is ready for green methanol fuel and zero emission operations.”

The conversion by P&O Maritime Logistics builds on the company’s recent success in Taiwan with the Topaz Installer. The newly converted vessel will have the ability to host up to 64 seafarers and features a single basket cable carousel with an outside diameter of 24 meters. With this astounding span, a core height of 5.5, as well as a 30 tons SWL AHC subsea crane, the newly converted vessel is a testament to P&O Maritime Logistics commitment to adapt its portfolio for future energy needs.

P&O Maritime Logistics, a DP World company, last completed a study calculating the Scope 3 emissions footprint using a spend-based methodology. The study will be verified through an external auditor and reported in DP World’s 2022 Annual and ESG Reports. Following the establishment of the methodology and baseline, DP World is developing a strategy to reduce Scope 3 emissions which focuses on top emission hotspots. In 2023, DP World intends to work with key suppliers in those categories to understand their footprint and set out decarbonisation targets and strategies, jointly moving towards emission reductions.

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About P&O Maritime Logistics:

P&O Maritime Logistics is a leading provider of marine solutions with a focus on offshore energy, port services and logistics. The company owns and operates approximately 400 vessels and provides a wide portfolio of value-added marine services and the ability to integrate these offerings for its customers – always with safety and the environment at the forefront.

Headquartered in Dubai, the company has operations globally across all seven continents.

For more information, please visit www.pomaritime.com.

About DP World:

We are the leading provider of smart logistics solutions, enabling the flow of trade across the globe. Our comprehensive range of products and services covers every link of the integrated supply chain – from maritime and inland terminals to marine services and industrial parks as well as technology-driven customer solutions.

We deliver these services through an interconnected global network of 127 business units in 51 countries across six continents, with a significant presence both in high-growth and mature markets. Wherever we operate, we integrate sustainability and responsible corporate citizenship into our activities, striving for a positive contribution to the economies and communities where we live and work.

Our dedicated, diverse, and professional team of more than 56,000 employees from 134 countries are committed to delivering unrivalled value to our customers and partners. We do this by focusing on mutually beneficial relationships – with governments, shippers, traders, and other stakeholders along the global supply chain – relationships built on a foundation of mutual trust and enduring partnership.

We think ahead, anticipate change and deploy industry-leading technology to create the smartest, most efficient and innovative trade solutions, while ensuring a positive and sustainable impact on economies, societies and our planet.

For more information, please visit www.dpworld.com