Snow-covered mountain tops, green hillsides and a bright sun on a blue sky made a perfect frame for the new CLV vessel Nexans Aurora during her sea trials.

The sea trial commenced with the yard’s trial on 3 May 2021, and continued with the technical sea trial on 5 May.

Tore Haugen and Jørgen Fosse from Bergen Engines said ‘So far – so good’, and emphasized that most of the testing of the engines had been done before the trial, so their presence on board is more to be in a state of readiness.

Terje Vestad and Jørgen Toft from the thruster supplier Brunvoll were involved when the thrusters are being tested.

Some would argue that the most important function of a ship is the galley. Daniel and Ovar Hatløy are hired as stewards, and said: “Everything works fine and keeps a high standard”.

Nexans is leading the charge of the energy transition by providing connected, sustainable and decarbonized energy.

There is a lot at stake when a vessel like Nexans Aurora is undergoing operations for customers and Nexans Aurora is tailor made for the risks we are involved in.

Nexans is committed to receiving the vessel on the scheduled time and to the agreed quality.

“Even though we have managed this project through a worldwide pandemic, we have achieved every milestone,” said Frode Beyer, Nexans’ Project Manager.

He continued by saying that the way Ulstein has taken all necessary precautions has been very valuable to Nexans:

“The way Ulstein has dealt with the Covid-19 situation is world-class. The policy implemented in the organization has been very rational. The challenge with Covid-19 has been taken seriously from day one at Ulstein”.

The sea trial will end in the beginning of week 19. Hans Karsten Voldsund from Ulstein Verft is the yard’s Project Manager.

“It is a lot to think about, but I have very good help from the people around me,” said Hans. He is positive, although there are still many tests that need to be done, and there is still work remaining at the yard before delivery in a few weeks.

“We need to complete the outfitting of the vessel, some paint jobs, everything needs to be cleaned up and look good for delivery. We will also run some tests on the A-frame and some of the winches to check the hydraulics and the functions on these systems”.


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