Keel laid for Jan De Nul's new installation vessel

In: Vessels

A keel laying ceremony was held for Jan De Nul's new offshore jack-up installation vessel
Voltaire at Cosco Shipping Shipyard in Nantong, China, yesterday (25 March 2021).

Voltaireis specifically designed to transport, lift and install offshore wind turbines, transition pieces and foundations for current and future developments. Jan De Nul claims that the vessel will have better operational limits compared to the existing jack-up installation vessels. She will be delivered in 2022.

The vessel is to be equipped with a main crane of over 3,000 tonnes and a DP2 system. The vessel has an operating depth of over 80 metres, a payload of about 14,000 tonnes and accommodation for 110 persons. With her four legs, the
Voltairecan lift itself above the sea level for stable working conditions.

The latest generation of Jan De Nul's vessels is equipped with an exhaust gas filtering technology that complies with the strict European EURO STAGE V guidelines for emissions on land and inland waterways. These are Ultra-Low Emission vessels (ULEv), including Voltaire. The dual exhaust filter system removes up to 99% of nanoparticles from emissions using a diesel particulate filter (DPF) followed by selective catalytic reduction system (SCR) for NOx removal.

In addition to
Voltaire, Jan De Nul is awaiting the construction of its new heavy lift crane vessel, Les Alizés. The 236-metre-long and 52 metre-wide vessel is scheduled to enter operations in 2022 and is being built by CMHI Haimen shipyard in China. It will feature a main crane of 5,000 tonnes, a loading capacity of 61,000 tonnes and a deck space of 9,300 m².

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