Getting things done



New cable laying vessel, Ulisse, is ready to work and joins Giulio Verne and Cable Enterprise in Prysmian Group’s world-class fleet.

Following an investment of over €20 million, the new cable laying vessel, Ulisse, is ready for offshore cable installation operations. With the new ship Prysmian Group can now rely on a fleet of three world-class vessels: Giulio Verne, Cable Enterprise and Ulisse. The fleet adds to its extensive range of well-proven in-house cable protection equipment to provide extended and strengthened submarine cable installation capability.
With Ulisse, Prysmian Group gains more comprehensive control of the supply chain by in-sourcing a greater part of the installation work and further boosts the Group’s submarine project execution capabilities with a flexible asset that can both transport submarine cables and perform cable laying and burial operations in shallow waters. Massimo Battaini, Energy Projects Senior Vice President at Prysmian Group, commented that “thanks to this new vessel we can offer an ever wider and more versatile range of installation services, thus strengthening our position in a highly strategic sector for the Group.”
Following the purchase from the former ship owner EOS, the flat-top barge has been converted into a 120m x 33m cable layer at the PaxOcean shipyard in Singapore. Renamed Ulisse, she now has an eightpoint spread mooring system, enabling her to meet the operating requirements even in harsh environmental conditions. The first project to be executed by Ulisse will be the Negros-Panay connection in the Philippines – awarded in December 2014 and worth a total of around €90 million.

Making history in aviation and energy

Prysmian was a Specialised Partner to the Solar Impulse project, in which a special solar-powered plane landed in Abu Dhabi after successfully ending the first ever round-the-world flight using only the power of the sun. The Group was a crucial contributor to the milestone achievement in aviation by supplying of 150 km of special aerospace cables that distribute power around the aircraft. The epic journey of Solar Impulse began more than a year ago from the same Abu Dhabi airport and touched Asia, Japan, Hawaii, the United States and North Africa, completing a world-round trip without burning a single drop of fuel. Bertrand Piccard, who piloted the aircraft with André Borschberg, noted that it was “more than a success in aviation history: Solar Impulse made history in the field of energy.” And Borschberg added that thanks to “partners who believed in the same vision we developed solutions to make our aeroplanes very energy efficient. Now all these technologies can be used in other applications to make our world more energy efficient as well.”