VARD orders seawater cooling for newbuild cable layer
Norwegian VARD has contracted Hydroniq Coolers to deliver a hull-integrated seawater cooling system for a cable laying vessel the shipbuilder is designing and building for Prysmian Group, the company said in its release.
Under the contracts, Ålesund-based Hydroniq Coolers – formerly named Sperre Coolers – will deliver its Hydroniq Rack seawater cooling solution that will be integrated in the hull below the main engine room of the vessel. Marine cooling systems are utilised to reduce temperatures in the ships’ engines and other auxiliary systems through use of seawater.
Hydroniq Coolers has not disclosed the value of the contract.
The Hydroniq Rack seawater cooler offers several operational and economic advantages compared with traditional plate heat exchangers. The system provides a simplified and short pipeline for seawater and has very low pressure loss which reduces energy consumption for seawater pumps and thus lower fuel consumption.
The newbuild cable layer will features deep water installation capabilities for depths of more than 2,000 meters and high cable loading capacity in large cable rotating platforms. The cable layer is developed to perform complex installation operations, supported by a variety of burial systems, including heavy duty ploughs, and state-of-the-art positioning and seakeeping systems. With a length of 172 meters, and a beam of 34 meters, the vessel will be able to accommodate a crew of 120 persons.
The cable layer is designed by Vard Design in Ålesund, Norway. The vessel is scheduled for delivery from Vard Brattvaag in Norway, in 4Q 2020. The hull will be built at Vard Tulcea in Romania.
Hydroniq Coolers will deliver its seawater cooling system to Vard Brattvaag in the first quarter of 2020.
Hydroniq Coolers delivers marine cooling solutions to vessels that operate within offshore, shipping, cruise, passenger transport, fishery and fish farming. Shipowners, yards and ship designers are among the company’s customers and cooperation partners. The company is owned by Norwegian investment company SMV Invest AS (formerly Sperre Mek. Verksted AS).
Prysmian Group is world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry. It operates in the businesses of underground and submarine cables and systems for power transmission and distribution, of special cables for applications in many different industries and of medium and low voltage cables for the construction and infrastructure sectors.
Hydroniq Coolers AS is a supplier of cooling solutions and heat exchangers to the shipbuilding market and selected land-based applications. Its main products are Hydroniq RACK and Hydroniq PLEAT which both offer highly competitive operational and maintenance friendly solutions for seawater coolers. The name “Hydroniq” refers to regulation of temperature through utilisation of liquids.