Van Oord has announced the christening ladies of the newest additions to the Van Oord fleet. On 9 September in Rotterdam, Her Royal Highness Princess Alexia of the Netherlands will christen the Vox Alexia. Ms. Inca Cerutti will perform this ceremony for the Calypso on the same day.

Princess Alexia (picture by RVD - Frank Ruiter)
Princess Alexia (© RVD – Frank Ruiter)

The Vox Alexia is a trailing suction hopper dredger. This is a type of dredger that collects sand, clay, sludge and even gravel from sea or river beds. Like recently christened sister vessels Vox Ariane and Vox Apolonia, the vessel is equipped with an LNG fuel system.

The three new LNG vessels have a significantly lower carbon footprint than conventional trailing suction hopper dredgers and fit in with Van Oord’s aim of making its fleet more economical and sustainable.

The Vox Alexia is named after Her Royal Highness Princess Alexia. Princess Alexia is the second daughter of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands and has accepted the invitation to perform the christening ceremony. After the ceremony, Princess Alexia will be given a tour on the ship and she will meet a number of staff members, including crew members and members of the Young Van Oord association.

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The Calypso is the latest addition to Van Oord’s offshore wind fleet and the company’s second cable-laying vessel. The vessel is equipped with two cable carousels, one above deck and one below deck. This makes the vessel suitable for laying two cables simultaneously.

The Calypso will mainly be used for installing inter-array grid and export cables for offshore wind projects, including high voltage direct current cables. By investing in innovative sustainable technology, Van Oord contributes to the energy transition.

Ms. Inca Cerutti will be christening the vessel. She is the wife of Niek Hoek, chairman of the Supervisory Board. She will be given a tour on the ship after the christening ceremony as well.

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Calypso Van Oord

Pictures of the ships by Van Oord.

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