Offshore set up companies firm Jan De Nul has ordered an extra-large cable-laying ship with an “unmatched” cable-carrying capability from China’s CMHI Haimen shipyard.

The vessel, to be named Fleeming Jenkin, may have a cable-carrying capability of 28,000 tons, and can serve the renewable vitality and subsea cable trade in putting in cables over longer distances and in deeper waters. The vessel will probably be delivered in 2026. 

“Offshore wind farms go deeper and additional offshore, and the interconnectivity between international locations and areas grow to be important for the financial system and vitality safety. Each markets as we speak require longer, stronger and heavier cables for deeper waters. For that purpose, Jan De Nul continues to spend money on set up property and human assets to serve the offshore vitality trade,” Jan De Nul stated.

Philippe Hutse, Director Offshore Power Division at Jan De Nul Group: “We stand agency in our perception within the vitality transition. Following our earlier investments within the jack-up vessel Voltaire and crane vessel Les Alizés for the set up of the next-gen wind generators and their foundations, we now proceed with this magnificent cable-laying vessel. Due to her unprecedented capabilities, Fleeming Jenkin will probably be an ideal match for the interconnector and export cable markets.”

Whereas the vessel will probably be delivered in 2026, Jan De Nul has already began recruiting further crew and employees members to function Fleeming Jenkin. 

“Supported by an intensive in-house coaching program, a multidisciplinary group of dynamic positioning officers, engineering technicians, tensioner carrousel operators, cable-laying superintendents, numerous specialised offshore technicians and engineers in civil and mechanical engineering will probably be put collectively and grow to be a part of Jan De Nul’s main workforce specialised in offshore vitality, ” Jan De Nul stated.

The Fleeming Jenkin Cable Layer will probably be named after Henry Charles Fleeming Jenkin (1833-1885), born in England and a Regius Professor of Engineering on the College of Edinburgh. As {an electrical} and cable engineer, Jenkin was an energetic pioneer in offshore cable set up.

The vessel will probably be outfitted with three (3) cable carousels and a big maintain for fiber optic cables, able to laying as much as 4 cables concurrently. Two carousels are mounted on deck, with a 3rd under deck. The mixed cable-carrying capability quantities to twenty-eight,000 tons, which is double the capability of every other cable-laying vessel available on the market.

The vessel is designed to put in longer and heavier cables, in ultra-deep waters as much as 3,000 meters.

On the aft deck, the vessel is provided with a chute and a cable-laying wheel. Together with the tensioners, the chute permits the set up of cables in shallow waters, whereas the cable-laying wheel makes set up at nice depths extra environment friendly. The tensioners allow the vessel to deal with and management cable tensions as much as 150 tons – the load of the Statue of Liberty.

In keeping with Jan De Nul, the vessel is provided with a strong DP2 system, enabling her to function steadily in deep, but in addition in shallow waters, due to an extra third bow thruster.

Wouter Vermeersch, Supervisor Offshore Cables at Jan De Nul Group: “Fleeming Jenkin bundles all of the cable set up experience we’ve gained over the previous decade. This vessel and applied sciences on board are designed by our in-house specialists. In 2013 we modified the facility cable set up market by introducing our cable-laying vessel Isaac Newton with increased carrying capacities than accessible available on the market. At the moment, we proceed our pioneering entrepreneurship by ordering the world’s most superior cable-laying vessel. We look ahead to welcoming this new capacity to additional fulfill our clients worldwide.”

Utra-low emission vessel (ULEv)

The Fleeming Jenkin will probably be outfitted with a extremely superior twin exhaust filter system that removes as much as 99% of nanoparticles from emissions utilizing a diesel particulate filter (DPF) and a selective catalytic discount system (SCR) for NOx removing. The ULEv system additionally considerably reduces exhaust gasoline pollution.

“Due to the ULEv system, the vessel complies with the strict European Stage V emission requirements for inland waterway vessels. Furthermore, the NOx emissions are decreased to such an extent that this vessel meets the even stricter EURO VI emission limits,” Jan De Nul stated.

The vessel is powered by engines that may run on biofuel and inexperienced methanol, confirmed by the Methanol fuel-dual gasoline notation, which considerably reduces CO2 emissions.

The hybrid energy plant on board additionally contributes to the discount of CO2 emissions and optimum gasoline utilization. It combines the mills with a 2.5 MWh battery and drive know-how, designed for peak shaving, load smoothening, spinning reserve and optimized engine loading.

Jan Van de Velde, Director of New Constructing at Jan De Nul Group: “Fleeming Jenkin combines our in-house information of designing and working cable-laying vessels in shut collaboration with our shoppers. The result’s a vessel that’s extremely environment friendly in operations with a much-reduced environmental footprint. We look ahead to beginning the venture with CMHI , working collectively in direction of a clean development and well timed supply. In the meantime contract negotiations are ongoing for key tools to be delivered from Europe. ”