An odd vessel tied up at Pier 9 recently. Layla is a small cargo ship and features two 3mt derricks. the ship also looks to have a cable handling roller on the bow.
Layla is one of three ships belonging to South African firm Mertech Marine, which specializes in recovering and recycling sub sea cable. Founded in 1998, Mertech claims to have recover 75,000km of disused subsea cable.
Layla was built in 1975 in the Netherlands, and was rebuilt in 2008. The ship is 65m long, and is powered by a Caterpillar 3512 engine producing 749KW of power.
IT Telecom looks to have acquired another Offshore vessel for conversion to do cable work. The IT Infinity was previously Standard Princess, and worked out of Aberdeen Scotland. At the end of may, the ship sailed for Cape Canaveral in Florida, departing for Halifax on the 13th.
the ship was built by Vard in 2008. The large crane looks to be a recent addition, as pictures on MarineTraffic.com don’t show the crane while in Scotland.
The Cable Ship Ile D’aix has been tied up at International Telecoms base at Pier 9 for the past week. the French vessel is operated by ASN, or Alcatel Submarine Networks. Its purpose built for cable maintenance and repair, and is based at ASN’s facility in Calais. the ship arrived from St. John’s Nfld.
The General Cargo Ship Enna arrived a few weeks ago and rafted up alongside Siem Dorado at pier 9. Enna was carrying a load of cable handling equipment which will be installed on board the Siem Dorado.