Posted on December 17, 2020
Jan De Nul has acquired one of the largest and most advanced subsea installation and construction vessels available in the world.
Ocean Yield’s DP3 ultra deepwater multipurpose subsea cable and flex-lay construction vessel, Connector, will be officially transferred to Jan De Nul during the fourth quarter of 2020. The acquisition strengthens the Luxembourg based maritime contractor’s fleet for delivering the next generation of challenging offshore energy production projects.
Philippe Hutse, director of the offshore division at Jan De Nul Group, said: “The Connector has a very good reputation in the sector and is known as one of the world’s top tier subsea installation and construction vessels. She’s capable of operating in ultra-deep water up to 3,000 metres deep. Through the market consolidation involving this new investment, we now own and operate the largest fleet of dedicated cable-lay vessels. The Connector will further strengthen the Jan De Nul fleet for the future of offshore energy production.”
Proven track record
The Connector, built in 2011, operated on a long-term bareboat charter until February 2017 and has a proven track record of installing power cables and umbilicals using its dual turntables with a combined total pay-load capacity of 9,000t, as well as risers using its two heave-compensated 400 mt and 100 mt offshore cranes. The Connector is also fitted with two built-in WROV’s which can work in water depths of up to 4,000m.
This acquisition following the order of the newbuild offshore jack-up installation vessel Voltaire and the floating crane installation vessel Les Alizés.
By Rebecca Jeffrey