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Jan De Nul to Ring The Bell with second next generation offshore installation vessel

Author: | Date created: 02/12/2019

Jan De Nul to Ring The Bell with second next generation offshore installation vessel

Luxembourg based company 'Jan De Nul' continue to invest in the future of offshore renewable energy by investing in 'Les Alizés', second next-generation offshore installation vessel.

Just six months after the investment announcement for the offshore installation vessel Voltaire, Jan De Nul Group orders Les Alizés, a floating installation crane vessel from the CMHI Haimen shipyard in China.  According to JDN, this crane vessel for floating installation of the future offshore wind farms will be financed by means of a green loan because of the green technology and innovations she will take on board. Together with the Voltaire, this new vessel will be in a super-size class of its own, capable of building the newest generation of offshore wind farms. 

This new generation of turbine can be more than 270 meters high, with blades up to 120 meters long and sit on foundations up to 2,500 tonnes. Vessel to be equipped with a Huisman Tub Mounted Crane with a lifting capacity of 5,000 tons and equally impressive lifting heights. In a separate statement, Huisman said, the Tub Mounted Crane (TMC) for JDN Group’s newest offshore installation vessel will be the largest offshore wind turbine foundation installation crane installed on a monohull vessel. 

Les Alizés will mainly be used for the construction of offshore wind farms, but with her impressive crane she is also extremely suitable for decommissioning offshore oil and gas platforms, said JDL. This vessel investment is a response to the global trend within the offshore wind energy sector to design and install increasingly larger wind turbines. 

Peter De Pooter, Manager Offshore Renewables at Jan De Nul Group: "The order of the Voltaire was a first step in our strategy to install the newest generation of offshore wind turbines. With Les Alizés we want to further strengthen our vision and our belief in the future of offshore wind energy. We want to be a major and enduring player in this sector. For that reason, we continue to invest in the further expansion of our offshore renewables department."  

Les Alizés is equipped with a high-performance DP2 system, a deck loading capacity of 61,000 tons and a deck space of 9,300 m². Installation vessel will be ready in 2022.

The vessel will be built at a shipyard of China Merchants Industry Holdings Co. Ltd., located in Haimen, Nantong City, China. As a subsidiary of China Merchants Group, this shipyard has a proven track record in supplying marine and offshore facilities which gives Jan De Nul Group sufficient confidence to award this contract to CMIH. 

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