World’s Largest Cable Laying Ship Makes Stop in Pensacola

Ships don’t come much bigger than the Lewek Connector along the Gulf Coast, but you don’t have to take our word for it. The 514-long ship – that’s nearly four times longer than the height of downtown Pensacola’s tallest building – will be docked at the Port of Pensacola for the next two weeks.

The Lewek Connector is the world’s largest cable-laying vessel and is worth over $300 million. It’s capable of operating in waters as deep as 10,000 feet. The ship specializes in deep sea construction and emergency repairs in harsh underwater environments.

(Photo by Pulse contributor Ryan Winburn)

This is the Connector’s first visit to Pensacola as the ship undergoes refitting for a new job. A new crew will also join the vessel, which can accommodate 140 people.

This could also be the first of several visits to the Port of Pensacola for the Connector, according to Offshore Inland, the contractor that is working on the ship during its stay in Pensacola.

As with many port visits by large mega-ships, the disembarking and embarking crews are expected to bring a welcome economic boost to the downtown economy as they stay and visit the city.

The ship is docked at the southern end of the port – visible from Plaza de Luna – and will be in port through Saturday, Sept. 19.

(Photo by Pulse contributor Ryan Winburn)

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