Advance In Cable-Layer Capabilities
Belgian construction and dredging group Jan De Nul has ordered an exceptionally high-capacity cable-laying vessel in China. With an unrivalled, maximum load intake of 28,000t, the newbuild is a response to accelerating demand from the interconnector and offshore renewable energy sectors, requiring cable installation over longer distances and in deeper waters.
The contract award to China Merchants Heavy Industry (CMHI) Haimen shipyard calls for a vessel of 215m length overall, incorporating a hybrid power plant with a 2.5MWh battery system and ultra-low emission technology, and equipped to DP2 dynamic positioning standard.
To be named Fleeming Jenkin, the cableship is expected to be delivered in 2026 from the yard at Nantong, which built the 237m monohull offshore construction vessel Les Alizes for Jan De Nul last year.
Fleeming Jenkin will be laid out with bridge and accommodation forward, and the extensive operational equipment outfit will feature three cable carousels and a hold for fibre optic cable, complemented by three 50t tensioners and cable laying wheel integrated in the stern chute, plus 100t and 30t offshore cranes.