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NKT Victoria

Cable ship to boost capacity and flexibility

The world’s most advanced cable-laying vessel is delivered to NKT to boost the capacity of its submarine cable operations while achieving greater efficiency and precision.

The ship was custom-built to specifications and measures approximately 140 by 30 meters. The vessel was be constructed at Kleven shipyard in Norway.

The new deploys many of ABB’s leading marine technologies. The award-winning Onboard DC Grid and power distribution solution, for instance, uses a single DC circuit for ship propulsion to reduce power consumption. The vessel sets new standards for reliability and accuracy and is equipped with roll-reduction tanks, and the subsea operations will be executed and monitored by a remotely operated vehicle using cameras and sonar, avoiding the need for divers.

The vessel also features a complete ABB Integrated Automation System and three Azipod propulsion units. Together with an energy storage system for marine applications it will cut fuel consumption by 27 percent and reduce maintenance compared to traditional AC systems. Sensors, monitoring hardware and software enables data to be sent to shore via a satellite link, to allow the onshore technical support centers to work closely with the ship as part of ABB’s Integrated Marine Operations solution. Advanced advisory software for motion monitoring, forecasting and decision support will also be on board.

Thanks to dynamic positioning technology of the highest class (DP3), the ship will be able to maintain its position with a high precision. The vessel is constructed in such a way that fire and flooding can be contained and will not compromise positioning and other essential systems.

Main data

Vessel name: NKT Victoria
Vessel type: Cable laying vessel
Owner: NKT
Yard: Kleven Verft
Year of delivery: 2017
ABB solutions and scope of supply:

Power generation and distribution: Onboard DC Grid concept
Energy Storage System
Complete ABB Integrated Automation System
ABB’s Integrated Marine Operation solution
Three Azipod propulsion units

Main benefits:

High environmental standards including efficiency and flexibility
Setting new standards for reliability and accuracy 
Subsea operations executed and monitored by a remotely operated vehicle using cameras and sonar
Dynamic Positioning technology (DP3)

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