/ Cable-Lay Systems

Recognising the growing market need for diverse deployment scenarios of multi-purpose vessels, Huisman developed a modular Cable-Lay system that ensures quick mobilisation and demobilisation. 

Tailored for the seamless installation of inter-array cables and engineered for multi-purpose vessels, our Cable-Lay System enables you to transition an offshore construction vessel to a dedicated cable-lay vessel within a matter of days, saving more time for getting the job done and less time on logistical complexities.


Huisman also offers the market a Motion Compensated Cable-Lay System, a safe and efficient solution for the installation and repair of inter-array cables. It compensates the vertical motion at the chute, stabilising the catenary. You can operate in higher sea states and extend your operational weather window.


Increase workability

Increase workability

The Motion Compensated Cable-Lay System compensates the vertical motion at the chute, stabilising the catenary. You can operate in higher sea states and extend your operational weather window. 

Maximise operational time

Maximise operational time

Mobilise your cable-lay vessel within a matter of days, saving more time for getting the job done and less time on logistical complexities.


Increase product integrity

Increase product integrity

The state-of-the-art cable-lay equipment is designed to safeguard product integrity during all stages of installation, by lowering the cable in a safe and controlled manner onto the seabed and facilitating burial at the required depth.

/ features

  • A fully integrated Cable-Lay System designed for the efficient installation of inter-array cables.
  • Spacious work environments on the portside (PS) and starboard (SB) for handling the first and second cable ends respectively.
  • Capable of handling 30m Cable Protection Systems (CPS) in a single run.
  • Three optional offline CPS buffer positions on both PS and SB.
  • Hydraulically retractable side rollers for swift movement of CPS to the main line.
  • Swift mobilisation and demobilisation capabilities.
  • Can be installed without significant modifications to the vessel.
  • Optional cable repair capabilities.
  • Recessed pinned connections provide a flush deck after the removal of CLS.
  • Fully mechanised quadrant handling system.
  • CPS preparation can occur parallel to the cable laying procedure.
  • The CPS storage system efficiently supplies long CPS strings.
  • Basket spooling device equipped with an underbender for controlled landing on cable transport gutters.
  • Large diameter rollers support the cable.
  • Sharp edges are protected with wear-resistant material.


  • The quadrant is fully guided from storage to deployment position, allowing increased workability in challenging environments.
  • Optional telescopic deployment frame provides full guidance of the quadrant through the splash zone.
  • All cableclay equipment is controlled and monitored from a central control location.
  • Centralised Hydraulic Power Unit provides hydraulic power to all consumers.
  • The electric tensioner drive system offers a fast and precise response for optimum slack control.
  • Optional interface with 3rd party cable route planning software (Eiva, Makai) for precise cable slack control.

Fully Mechanised quadrant handling
The quadrant is fully restrained from the start of the operation until it is released below the splash zone

  • Increased weather window
  • Controlled and time efficient operation
  • Increased safety

Quadrant cursor system
The quadrant handling system is equipped with a cursor system. The quadrant motions are fully restrained until deployed beneath the splash zone

  • The cursor system avoids damage to the quadrant
  • Reduced catenary dynamics

Modular design, short mobilisation time

  • The system can be installed swiftly because of its modular design and simple interface
  • Can be installed using a single lift
  • Integrated power and control systems minimise interconnecting cable with the vessel

Straightening quadrant

The radius of the quadrant can be adjusted from the MBR to straight during lowering

  • Cable can be abandoned without uncontrolled drop onto the seabed. Cable tension is controlled during the complete operation
  • Quadrant can be retrieved when cable is straight on the seabed avoiding torque variations that can cause cable failure

Controlled touch down point location
Motion compensation keeps the touch down point of the cable within a smaller target box

  • A smaller target lane requires less survey and target lane clearing activities
  • Dragging of the cable over the seabed, especially when cornering, is avoided. 
  • Tension variations are reduced and the risk of snagging mitigated.

Synchronised pull in winch
Synchronisation of the Pull-in-Winch with the central control system ensures better control of pull-in operations

  • Improved tension control avoids overbending or compression in the cable
  • Controlled from vessel using a secure data connection

Reruced risk of cable failure during trenching

Motion compensated Cable-Lay reduces the tension variations in the laid cable to a narrow bandwidth facilitating trenching.

Efficient CPS storage system

CPS strings are loaded on board in containers and transferred to the firing line using a gutter system

  • Containers allow for easy transport and loading
  • Height adjustable ramp to extract a CPS from different elevations 
  • CPS gutter system independent of cable routing, allowing parallel operations
  • Safe access for personnel to containers

Adjustable to cable repair spread
Thanks to its modular design, the Motion Compensated Cable-Lay System can be quickly mobilised and demobilised onto PSV’s and OSV’s, making this system ideal for cable repairs or replacement that need to be carried out throughout the year, as quick as possible. The Motion Compensated Cable-Lay System can be configured for cable repairs. The special features entail extra opening shelters, in which the cable can be repaired.

Motion Compensated Cable-Lay Vessel
Our Motion Compensated Cable-Lay System has been integrated in Damen’s Offshore Carrier (DOC), introducing the world’s first motion compensated Cable-Laying vessel (CLV). Damen and Huisman offer the market a fully integrated solution specifically tuned to optimising operability and improving control and accuracy of cable placement. 

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/ technical specifications


  • Maximum line pull including dynamics 35mt
  • Minimum product OD 50mm
  • Maximum product OD 500mm
  • Minimum bending radius product (in tension) 5m 

Motion Compensation System

  • Total Vertical Compensation Stroke 5m 

Product Storage

  • Cable capacity 2 x 6,000mt. The storage capacity can be tailored to your requirements and vessel specifications. 


  • Length 60m
  • Width 14.5m
  • Height 8.5m

Dimensions can be tailored to vessel deck space.

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