CRIST – CLV Nexans Electra – Keel laying ceremony

On 4 April 2024, the keel laying ceremony took place for the DP3 cable laying vessel (CLV) Nexans Electra. This vessel will transport and lay various types of subsea cables, including cable bundles, as well as handle recovery and repair operations for Nexans Marine Operations AS in Norway.

The Nexans Electra is the second ship ordered by Nexans at Ulstein Verft and an updated version of Nexans’ flagship, the Nexans Aurora, a 2021 delivery.

“We are excited to see the first major milestone of the construction of the Electra underway and look forward to seeing the ship completed in its entirety,” says Marco Bregman, Director Installation & Services at Nexans.

The hull construction is well underway in Crist, Poland, while the remaining engineering, outfitting, system integration, equipment preparations, testing, sea trials, and finalisation will occur at Ulstein Verft in Norway. The ST-297 design has been developed by Skipsteknisk in Ålesund, a Norwegian ship design and engineering company.


Nexans Electra measures 149.9m in length and 31m in beam and has a dead weight of 17,000 t.

She can accommodate up to 90 people.

This cutting-edge cable-laying vessel boasts impressive features:

  • A split turntable on deck can hold up to 10,000t of cable.
  • An under-deck turntable with a 3,500t cable capacity.
  • A fibre optic basket holding 450t.

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