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The Leonardo da Vinci reaches Norway to be completed and get ready for the open sea.


After being towed from Vard’s shipyard in Tulcea, Romania, across the Black sea, the Mediterranean Sea, then along the ocean shores of Portugal, Spain and France up to Scandinavia, Prysmian Group’s cutting-edge cable-laying vessel reached Vard’s shipyard in Brattvåg, Norway. Here, proceeding on time with the overall schedule, the Leonardo da Vinci will undergo the last steps of its complex building process: outfitting phase and installation of main onboard laying equipment.

Once completed, the ship will be ready for the sea trials and leave the shipyard with its own engines to reach to the open sea. From September 2020 to spring 2021, Vard and Prysmian will work closely to accomplish the task.

Outfitted for crew comfort and safety

With an onboard accommodation for 120 people, the Leonardo da Vinci will be outfitted to offer comfort, ample working spaces and recreational areas for all personnel, including fully equipped gym, auditorium, game room, dayroom and officers lounge. Always having safety as a priority.

Onboard laying equipment “Made in Prysmian”

Prysmian is responsible for the design, manufacturing, supervision during installation and final commissioning of all cable laying equipment, such as capstan, laying sheaves, turntables, pickup arms, and caterpillars. These state-of-the-art tools, that benefit of the unrivalled Prysmian Group’s experience in cable-laying, will be installed onboard the Leonardo da Vinci in Norway over the next winter period, in order to start sea trials in Norway’s fjords in spring 2021.

Onboard laying equipment “Made in Prysmian”

Start engines!

Once the outfitting and equipments’ installation phases will be completed, main switchboards will be energised, engines powered on and they will start running for the first time. Leonardo da Vinci will be then ready to be taken to the sea on its own and start the sea trials. During the commissioning sea trials deadweight, speed and bollard pull will be verified.

Afterwards, Prysmian’s experts will test Leonardo da Vinci’s all cutting-edge laying features that make the new vessel the most advanced cable layer in the world. Leonardo da Vinci will allow Prysmian to offer an ever wider and more versatile range of installation services and strengthen the leadership position in the submarine cables business, being one of the most strategic asset to enable the energy transition.