JAN DE NUL’S INSTALLATION JACKUP VOLTAIRE HIT BY TYPHOON MUIFA IN CHINA
Jan De Nul advised that during the night of 14 to 15 September 2022 the shipyard (Cosco), where jack-up installation vessel Voltaire is being built, was hit by typhoon Muifa in China.
The eye of the typhoon passed over the shipyard, causing the vessel to come loose from its moorings.
Fortunately, no one was injured. Voltaire is now safely moored back in the shipyard and first sight assessments show limited damage to certain parts of the crane and the helideck. Further assessments are ongoing.
In Febuuary 2022 Jan De Nul Group launched the Voltaire, a Next-Gen Offshore Jack-Up Installation Vessel for offshore renewables and decommissioning, at the COSCO Shipping Shipyard in Nantong, China. The Voltaire is a jack-up vessel fitted with a high-tech jacking system. Four giant legs of 130 metres support the vessel to achieve stable working conditions at unsurpassed water depths up to 80 meters and with an elevated load of 16,000 tonnes.
(Source and image: Jan De Nul – Installation vessel Voltaire under construction at Cosco shipyard in China)