Jan De Nul has launched its offshore installation vessel Les Alizés at the CMHI Haimen shipyard in China.

Les Alizés launched in China heavy lift web

The final phase of the vessel’s construction can now begin, including sea trials. Les Alizés is due for delivery in the second half of 2022, ready for its first assignment in Germany for the construction of Gode Wind 3 and Borkum Riffgrund 3 offshore wind farms. Les Alizés will transport and install 107 monopile foundations on behalf of Ørsted.

Philippe Hutse, director offshore division at Jan De Nul Group, said: “The construction of our offshore floating installation vessel Les Alizés is well on track. We can look forward to delivery later this year, so that we can continue to build the future of offshore renewable energy. Together with our offshore jack-up installation vessel Voltaire, which is also under construction in China, we will have the perfect set of offshore installation vessels that will be able to install current and future generations of offshore wind farms.”

Les Alizés will be the largest heavy lift vessel in Jan De Nul’s fleet.