A typhoon hits Jan De Nul’s new jack-up construction



The Cosco Shipping (Nantong) shipyard in China, where Jan De Nul’s jack-up rig vessel Voltaire is under construction, was hit by Typhoon Muifa on the night of September 14-15.

The eye of the typhoon passed over the shipyard, causing the ship to detach from its moorings, Jan De Nul said.

Voltaire is now safely moored in the shipyard and initial on-sight assessments show damage limited to parts of the crane and helideck, the company said.

Source: Jan De Nul

Jan De Nul added that further assessments are ongoing and no one was injured in the incident.

Voltaire was launched at the Cosco Shipping shipyard (Nantong) in January.

The Voltaire will be the second and largest jack-up vessel in Jan De Nul’s fleet.

The jackup is currently due for delivery in the second half of 2022, as does the installation vessel The Aliszes.

Designed in-house, Voltaire is built to transport, lift and install offshore wind turbines, transition pieces and foundations.

The main crane with a capacity of over 3,000 tonnes will enable the vessel to build current and future generation offshore wind farms.

Voltaire is equipped with a high-tech lifting system and four 130-meter legs that support the vessel to achieve stable working conditions in water depths of up to 80 meters and with a high load of 16,000 tons , according to Jan De Nul.

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