JDN’s New Cable Layer in Spotlight at Croatian Shipyard (Video)


On March 7, Jan De Nul’s (JDN) new multipurpose vessel, named Isaac Newton, hit the water from slipway No. 2 at the Uljanik shipyard. After launching a few barges, this was the first launch of a large vessel for the Croatian shipyard in 2015. 

Furthermore, Isaac Newton is the first DP2-class dynamic positioning vessel that Uljanik is working on.

The vessel’s godmother was Mrs. Rosinne Permanne, who traditionally cut the rope and sent Isaac Newton into the sea. Those present were also addressed by the project manager, Diego Bilic, who said that the launching wraps up one phase of construction of this challenging project.

“A great deal of knowledge and effort has been invested from both sides, and we are confident that we will eventually achieve the goal we have set. I believe that Jan De Nul, with which we have built up a very good business relations through previous projects, shares our satisfaction with the result so far,” Bilic said.

Isaac Newton is one of the vessels that will become a worthy component of the offshore wind industry, as its is capable of covering a variety of cabling work: installing subsea cables, trench dredging and subsea rock installation.

In cable-installation mode, the vessel will be able to transport and lay cables in a single length with a total weight of approximately 10,000 tonnes, which is more than any other vessel currently available.

Check out Jan De Nul’s video from the launching ceremony and find out more about the vessel:


Offshore WIND Staff; Images: Jan De Nul

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