Jan De Nul Group has placed an order with Chinese COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry for a third Offshore Jack-Up Installation Vessel. The vessel is set to be delivered in 2022. It will be deployed for offshore wind activities but also in the oil and gas market.
The vessel, the Voltaire, has a crane capacity of over 3,000 tonnes, an operating depth of approximately 80 meters, a payload of about 14,000 tonnes, accommodation for 100 persons and is equipped with a DP2 system.
Compared to Jan De Nul’s two other jack-up vessels, the Vole au vent and the Taillevent, this new vessel has almost double the deck space. Not only is this vessel capable of loading the next generation of wind turbines and foundations, the larger deck space will also enable Jan De Nul to optimize installations at sea and to lower the fuel consumption and emissions.
Philippe Hutse, Offshore Director at Jan De Nul Group: “Upon her delivery in 2022, we will be capable of efficiently installing the next generation of offshore wind turbine generators and foundations. This investment is a logical step forward in the development of our offshore wind capacities. The third jack-up vessel will enable us to cope with our increased number of offshore wind projects worldwide. In addition, we recognize the global trend towards larger wind turbines for increased green energy demands. The Voltaire will have all the required specifications to meet the upcoming challenges.”
The Voltaire will be environmentally compliant by taking the same advanced emission control technology on board as all other Ultra-Low Emission vessels in the Jan De Nul fleet. It will be the first seagoing installation vessel of its kind to be such an Ultra-Low Emission vessel (ULEv) and, moreover, EURO STAGE V certified.