Boskalis Ndurance’ cable trencher successfully tested at Alexiahaven

The cable laying/multi purpose vessel Ndurance of Boskalis performed a number of trials at Alexiahaven, Maasvlakte 2. The diesel electric vessel Ndurance is a multipurpose vessel, it can be outfitted for cable laying or a wide range of other tasks, including diving support, subsea rock installation, offshore construction support, salvage assignments and even dredging operations. A six point mooring system is part of the standard outfitting of the vessel.

Test trencher system

The trenchformer on board of the Ndurance is a trencher for a wide range of soils and cab types. The trencher can bury cables in deep waters as well as in shallow waters. Besides working together with a cable laying vessel, the Trenchformer can also operate as a stand-alone spread. During the trails the trencher has been lowered to the bottom. The operation of the trencher system has been tested successfully.

Perfect test conditions Maasvlakte 2

During the trial there has been made good use of the test and demonstration space at Maasvlakte 2. The conditions, the climate, the existing companies and available services make Maasvlakte 2 the ideal location for testing innovations for a.o. the offshore wind market. There are is a wide range of options to test on land, in the air and in/on the water. The port of Rotterdam offers clear water, sheltered port bassins and limited currents. There are short-stay and long-stay locations available and the offshore pit is more than 25 metres deep. That makes it suitable for various anchor tests and cable-laying systems.

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