Ile de Re | Cable layer Conversion

  • Client: ILE DE RE
  • Location: Auckland harbor, Auckland
  • Service: Vessels conversion, Marine
  • Completion: January 2016

The project works comprised of installing an A Frame to the vessels back deck as part of the vessel’s conversion from cable repairer to cable layer.

We were responsible for the installation of the foundations to fit an A Frame Gantry on the stern of a cable-laying vessel. This required extensive cropping of 2 x 9m sections of the vessels back deck, (both sides) including all existing underdeck framing and strengthening. Large prefabricated sections were installed into the deck openings and connected to the vessel’s transverse and longitudinal framing. The vessels main deck was reinstated with new 20mm thick plating.

Prefabricated A Frame Seat sections were then set up with laser alignment and fully welded to the new deck plating. We complied with all work to Bureau Veritas Classification Society rules to comply with international seagoing vessels certification, with most of the welding fully penetrated.

Our project team consisted of 12 employees working 24/7 to meet the clients’ deadlines. We delivered this project on time and to budget with zero incident.


The project was completed under a strict time constraint and under control of the Bureau Veritas Classification Society for welding process.

Integration of a new structure into existing ones, connecting plates and stiffeners of different thickness without compromising the vessel structural strength.

Adapting prefabrication components to match the vessel’s structural deformations, on site measurement, scribing and tailoring of each component.