PALFINGER: State-of-the-Art Solutions for Third Prysmian Cable Laying Vessel


PALFINGER MARINE has been contracted to supply a major equipment package for a new cable laying vessel designed and under construction at VARD for Prysmian. It is the third cable layer for Prysmian to be equipped with a complete package of PALFINGER MARINE solutions.


Following the previous orders to equip the state-of-the-art cable laying vessels Leonardo da Vinci and Monna Lisa, PALFINGER MARINE will provide deck equipment and lifesaving appliances (LSA) for another upcoming cable laying vessel built by VARD for Prysmian. Because the vessel is the evolution of Prysmian’s previous cable layers, the package from PALFINGER for the new vessel consists of a large A-frame for plough operations, an active heave-compensated lifting/towing winch, one towing winch, one quadrant/auxiliary winch, two auxiliary winches, and one towing roller. Additionally, the vessel will be fitted with access equipment including one tension elevator with hatch cover, two mooring platforms, two provision platforms, and two ROV doors with L-hatches. Finally, PALFINGER will supply an LSA package encompassing two lifeboats, two fast rescue boats with davits, two life raft davits and six fenders. 


The new vessel of VARD 9 18 design – an evolutionary vessel design based on experience from the two previous vessels for Prysmian – has a length of 191 meters and breadth of 34 meters and will incorporate advanced cable installation solutions. For instance, the cutting-edge cable laying vessel will be equipped with three carousels with a total capacity above 19,000 tons, making it one of the highest cable loading capacity vessels in the industry. Additionally, it will feature state-of-the-art DP3 positioning and seakeeping systems.


"We are honored to be selected once again and to continue serving as a major supplier for the third cable laying vessel for Prysmian. This demonstrates our position as a reliable and leading supplier of mission-critical equipment for large and advanced vessels of this kind", says Klaus Schreiber, VP Sales & Service Marine and Special Solutions at PALFINGER. The vessel is scheduled to enter commercial operation in early 2027. 


Read all the details about PALFINGER MARINE's major order for the previous Prysmian cable laying vessel Monna Lisa here:    




The international mechanical engineering company PALFINGER is the world's leading provider of innovative crane and lifting solutions. As a global partner for pioneering and reliable deck equipment and lifesaving appliances, PALFINGER MARINE supplies high-quality products to fulfill standardized and customized demands. Supported worldwide by a network of experienced and skilled specialists, we provide flexible and efficient service solutions. Our portfolio gives a competitive edge for customers in the maritime and offshore industry.



PALFINGER is an international technology and mechanical engineering company and the world's leading producer and provider of innovative crane and lifting solutions. With around 12,700 employees (without contingent workers.), more than 30 manufacturing sites and a worldwide sales and service network of around 5,000 service points, PALFINGER creates added value from the challenges of its customers. PALFINGER is consistently continuing on its course as a provider of innovative, complete solutions that deliver increased efficiency and better operability, while leveraging the potential of digitalization along the entire production and value chain. 

PALFINGER AG has been listed on the Vienna stock exchange since 1999, and in 2023 achieved record revenue of EUR 2.45 billion.

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