Tag: Offshore

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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Monaco

With a surface area of just 2.02 km² and containing 18,775 inhabitants, Monaco is the world’s most densely populated state. So, it should be no surprise that the Principality decided to expand its territory by reclaiming over 14 acres from…

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Nobelwind

With the purchase of the Vole au vent, Jan De Nul confirmed its position in the offshore wind market. The vessel embarked on its first major mission under the umbrella of Jan De Nul in 2016: the installation of 50 offshore wind turbine foundations with…

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Kriegers Flak

During 2021, the 600MW Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm, in the Danish waters of the Baltic Sea, will commence the supply of electricity to 600,000 families. Grid Operators, Danish Energinet and German 50 Hertz, will connect the  Kriegers Flak OWF…

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Borkum

Following the success of the Nobelwind project, Jan De Nul continues to strengthen its tier one position in offshore wind with a successful Borkum Riffgrund 2 installation project. Deploying the Vole au vent, 36 monoiles were driven into the seabed,…

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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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Integration is the way forward

Wouter Vermeersch is responsible for Jan De Nul’s offshore cable division. He confirms that business is going well and that the future looks promising: “Thanks to the increasing integration between the various business units of Jan De Nul,…

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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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Testing 10 biological oils

In connection with the Race Bank project, Alain Pieters from the R&D department was asked whether the seals of the trencher Moonfish would not be affected by the use of biodegradable oil. “The client wanted to avoid that, in the event of a…

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A particularly voluminous report helped to convince the customer

In our Marine Environmental Department, in short Mared, about twenty people are investigating all kinds of environmental aspects. Ine Moulaert explains: “Nowadays, whenever any of our business units wants to win a project, we almost always conduct…

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Nature reserve The Wash

Special rules apply in the vast bay where the electricity generated by the offshore wind farm Race Bank comes ashore via two heavy export cables. The Wash really is a unique nature reserve, a series of vast salt marshes that, under the influence of strong…

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Giant muscles and red corals

Next to the project site in Monaco, there are two nature reserves with red corals, giant muscles and sea grasses that cannot, be damaged or disturbed under any circumstances.  That is why, before the start of the project, a team of Jan De Nul’s…

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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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Only one chance

Precision is very important in offshore projects.During foundation installation the site survey and everything that has to do with measuring techniques, is crucial.  “You only have one chance”, says surveyor Bert Declerck. “If…

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With confidence to Tahkoluoto

After Nobelwind, the Vole au vent sailed to Tahkoluoto in Finland to install Finland’s first offshore wind farm, a challenging sequel for the vessel and her crew. "We are very proud that we played a key part in this project" This job…

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Labour intensive job

The construction hasn’t been entirely without challenges. Koen Van Regenmortel, Civil Works Project Manager, supervised the construction works. “We did everything in our power, and more, to speed up the construction and complete the installation…

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Lowering and ballasting the construction

The foundations each weigh as much as the Eiffel Tower and are installed at a depth of 18 and 22 metre, with a very high level of accuracy. A tugboat brought the barge to the exact location at sea. The barge itself could be gradually lowered into the…

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