It is with great delight that I am proud to announce the replacement of the CS Peter Faber by the new ASN vessel the CS Ile d’Ouessant.

In February 2019, ASN embarked on an ambitious project, we purchased an off-shore construction vessel the “TOISA Warrior” and converted the vessel for specialized cable maintenance operations and renamed the vessel “Ile d’Ouessant”. 

On purchasing the vessel (which was built in 2011) ASN conducted a detailed design and engineering phase which was carried out in parallel to our recommissioning of the vessel and its ancillary equipment. The vessel was then relocated to a shipyard in Poland for the extensive retrofit program to install the specialized cable handling equipment and dedicated spread reconfiguration. This relatively new DP2 cable maintenance vessel offers a flexible and efficient resource for the submarine cable maintenance operations and is a clear commitment of ASN towards our Private Maintenance Agreement Customers.

Whilst ASN had committed to the retrofit of the Ile d’Ouessant, Optic Marine Services agreed the subsequent purchase of the CS Peter Faber from ASN. This transaction was concluded on September 24th, 2019. Since that time, the Peter Faber has been chartered by ASN to continue with her Maintenance duties in the Atlantic region. This charter arrangement will conclude after the successful handover between Ile d’Ouessant and Peter Faber. It is our firm belief that the Ile d’Ouessant offers our customers a modern vessel, fitted with the most up-to-date equipment which is ready to face the unique challenges of the cable maintenance activity in the APMA zone.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support in assisting ASN in this important transfer of ship duties.

Jeremie Maillet
VP Marine Operations

EPISODE 3 - Focus on technologies

May 25, 2020


 

Before entering in active service, C/S Ile d’Ouessant has finalized cable spread commissioning at Louis Dreyfus TravOcean base in Dunkirk.

Despite COVID pandemic crisis, the Louis Dreyfus Armateurs crew and shore support team have managed to deploy inventive and practical mitigation measures to complete the project.


Jobs performed in Dunkirk:

  • - Cranes and davits load tests
  • - Cable engines tests and settings
  • - ROVJet Umbilical spooling and termination
  • - Jointing/test room mobilisation and set-up
  • - Ropes and rigging storage


The Ile d’Ouessant left Dunkirk on April 18th, 2020, heading toward Las Palmas for crew change and handover with C/V Peter Faber then Cape Verde for final wet test before to take her duty on the Atlantic Private Maintenance Agreement.

EPISODE 2 - Focus on technologies

May 6, 2020


 

After a design phase based on the unique combination of ASN and LDA background in cable installation and maintenance and vessel management, an international call for tender has awarded Remontowa Shiprepair (Gdansk, Poland) for vessel refurbishment and cable spread mobilization on board. Extensive in-house shipyard capability has been key to conduct the modification of the vessel and the mobilisation of the key technical parts.


Ile d’Ouessant arrived in the Shipyard on October 31st, 2019.


Main milestones:

  • - Removal of Helipad – 14/11/2019
  • - Stern whiskers fit onboard – 22/01/2020
  • - Dry Dock 1 – from 21/01 to 04/02/2020
  • - Start mobilisation of cable engines – 18/02/2020
  • - Dry Dock 2 – from 24/02 to 01/03/2020


The vessel exits the Remontowa shipyard on March 15th, 2020.

EPISODE 1

April 27, 2020


 

Built in 2011, the vessel ‘Toisa Warrior’ has been purchased by Alcatel Submarine Networks mid-2019.

 

Renamed Ile d’Ouessant as a reference to the great ASN cable layer family and the deep western French island, the vessel is intended to maintain submarine telecom networks in the Atlantic Ocean.

 

At that time the vessel was left abandoned, laid up for 3 years in Great Britain and waiting for a second life.

 

Thanks to Louis Dreyfus Armateurs Ship Management, the vessel has been warmed up and mobilized with cable maintenance equipment in Remontowa Shipyard in Poland.

 

After a record mobilization time of 100 days, the vessel is ready for her new life in the cable industry.

 

This 1st episode is about the main features of the vessel and equipment fitted on board during mobilization.

75% CO2 emissions reduction

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About LOUIS DREYFUS ARMATEURS

For more than 165 years, LOUIS DREYFUS ARMATEURS Group (LDA) has been offering its clients tailor-made industrial maritime solutions with high added value activities and integrated services, from ship design and shipmanagement  to maritime operations.

Through its values (Innovation, Reactivity, Know-how, Commitment), the Group offers maritime transportation and services in the following businesses:

- Dry Bulk Transportation with four ship sizes (Handysize, Supramax, Panamax, Capesize) for more than 160 years.

- Logistics & Transportation (port management, transshipment & cargo handling, shallow water transportation, 4 PL Logistics, transportation of heavy lift and specialised cargoes, forwarding activities, logistics engineering);

- Offshore and Onshore Industrial Solutions (submarine cable laying and maintenance, power cable installation/protection in shallow waters, offshore wind turbine maintenance, onshore wind services, submarine surveys, oil & gas).

Offering a worldwide presence with over 2,600 staff and 90 vessels, LDA is a French family-owned Group.