Jan De Nul Takes Delivery of Voltaire, ‘World’s-Tallest’ Jack-Up

Jan De Nul has taken delivery of its jack-up vessel, Voltaire, from the COSCO Shipping Shipyard in China.

Jan De Nul
Source: Jan De Nul

The vessel had been delivered by the shipyard on 15 December, and departed for Dubai on the morning of Tuesday, 20 December.

Designed in-house, Voltaire will be used to transport, lift and install offshore wind turbines, transition pieces, and foundations.

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Voltaire is the world’s tallest jack-up installation vessel, standing taller than the Eiffel tower, according to Jan De Nul. The vessel has a crane capacity of 3,000 tonnes, four legs of 130 metres, and a capacity to lift 16,000 tonnes of useful cargo out of the water.

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The vessel’s first deployment will be on the 3.6 GW Dogger Bank Wind Farm project offshore the UK, the world’s largest offshore wind farm, transporting and installing a total of 277 GE Haliade-X turbines with up to 14 MW in individual capacity some 130 kilometres off the coast of Yorkshire.


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