Dario Brivio, Project manager on Leonardo da Vinci, doesn’t hide his pride while giving the update on the state of construction in the Vard’s shipyard in Tulcea, Romania: “The construction of the vessel is quite advanced, as all 5 blocks have been aligned from stern to bow, while already 4 of them have been practically welded and we are starting to mount the superstructures”. Works are actually proceeding on time with the overall schedule.
After completion of all the milestone steps foreseen at Vard’s shipyard in Tulcea, such as steel cutting, keel laying and installation of main engines, the hull is due to be completed in summer 2020. It will then be towed to its final destination at Vard’s shipyard in Brattvag, Norway, for fitting out and finishing, after one month of navigation.
Project Manager on Leonardo da Vinci
According to Brivio, the installation of the capstan, designed and produced by Prysmian and delivered to the shipyard, was one of the most delicate phases of the construction process, along with the engines manufacturing and thrusters ones. “The capstan”, Brivio explains, “with a capacity of up to 100 tons, is double the industry average. It was assembled in Tulcea, on the dock, and then installed inside the hull. We worked closely with the local team facing some challenges in terms of manufacturing tolerances and assembly contractions”.
Prysmian Group was also responsible for all the other onboard cable-laying equipment, such as turntables, pickup arms, tensioners and caterpillars, that will be installed on the Leonardo da Vinci in Norway.