Tag: Fleet

Sabetta

The Sabetta project was Jan De Nul’s biggest logistic challenge in 2016. In Sabetta (North Russia), this port is being built to transport gas stocks from Siberia to Europe and Asia with LNG tankers. Eighteen dredgers had to dredge 16.8 million…

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Race Bank

Jan De Nul pulled out all the stops for the cable installation project at the Race Bank Wind Farm. The job description read as follows: realising a cable connection between the wind farm and the mainland on the English East Coast. A distance of 71 km…

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The DN120 lays cables in shallow water. The Sunfish and Moonfish burry them at the pre-set depth.

The Sunfish and the Moonfish were indispensable for the Race Bank project. But, obviously, they were not alone. “Export cables may look very solid, but applying too much force while pulling them is absolutely advised against. To be able to pull…

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Homemade machines

Dries Lammens was among Jan De Nul’s engineers who were present when the requirements set to the Sunfish and Moonfish were put on the table. “A project for which so far no equipment existed but for which it must be created is no doubt a challenge,”…

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Isaac Newton: with 63 km of cable in one go the world's largest cable-laying vessel

“We are a work in progress, getting better by the day,” says Rutger Standaert. On his business card, he carries the title of ‘Technical Superintendent New Building Design’ or, in short, one of the naval architects at Jan De Nul.…

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Divisions work together to win projects

"In fact, we are able to win such projects at the time everything is still on the drawing board,” explains Patrik Lowie. “The trick is to simulate and visualise all possible situations beforehand. Looking at this from a distance, one…

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Flexibility is the operative word in the drawing office

The ship building department drawing office is an indispensable part of Jan De Nul’s engineering services. One of its main activities is designing equipment for our vessels. As among Jan De Nul’s shipbuilders, flexibility is the operative…

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Crucial preparations

“We dredged round the clock, 7 days a week”, says Works Manager Kleo Danau. “This means that planning was crucial. Every vessel had to keep the others permanently informed. That was not always easy, internet or phone connections sometimes…

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Permafrost

Another challenge of the Sabetta project was the amount of permafrost that had to be dredged. Because dredging works in the high North are very rare, this was a first for our company. Permafrost is frozen soil that never thaws, in this case mainly frozen…

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Dredging in Winter

Ignace Stols, project manager dredging works, continues: “In November, December and January, the sea in the Gulf of Guinea is less rough. The access channel is situated outside the protected area so we had to be able to make use of this calmer…

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From Vidar to Vole au vent

At the end of 2015, Jan De Nul bought the offshore installation vessel Vidar. It was renamed Vole au vent during a ceremony in Ostend in April 2016 in the presence of Mathilde, the Queen of Belgium. The Vole au vent is 140 metres long and one of the…

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Working near the limit

Operational Superintendent Karel Foré led the test for the cutter dredger J.F.J. De Nul. “We started on the spot with the hardest subsoil. If the test was successful, we knew that the rest would be feasible as well. Initially, we decided…

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Vessels conversions

Mimar Sinan and the Tiger For this first stage, several vessels have been converted. Tom: “One of the reasons for this is that we are working on a very small surface area. For instance, on the backhoe dredger Mimar Sinan we installed a special…

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