Damen Shipyards Galati has launched Van Oord's new DP2 cable-laying vessel, Nexus, which will be deployed to install electricity cables for offshore wind farms.

The 123m-long vessel, which has been designed to accommodate 90 people, features a beam of 28m and a dynamic positioning system (DP2).

It also contains a large cable carousel with a capacity to carry more than 5,000t cable and a heavy crane for laying heavy-export cables.

The design of the Nexus is based on the Damen Offshore Carrier 7500, a multipurpose vessel suited for heavy-lift or roll-on/roll-off transport and offshore installations.

Van Oord CEO Pieter van Oord said that the investment in the Damen cable-laying vessel highlights the company's drive to continuously serve new and existing markets by investing in advanced technology and marine ingenuity.

Van Oord was awarded a €1.3bn EPC contract this year for the 600MW Gemini offshore wind project, which is located 55km to the north of the island of Schiermonnikoog, Netherlands.