The construction of Jan De Nul’s offshore jack-up installation vessel Voltaire has kicked off at the Cosco Shipping Shipyard (Nantong) in China with a steel cutting ceremony.

The 3,000-tonne lifting capacity vessel, which will be used primarily for offshore wind energy installation projects, will be able to operate at depths of 80 m and a has a payload of approximately 14,000 tonnes.

The installation vessel will also be used to support the oil and gas industry, as well as decommissioning projects.

The vessel design takes into account the ship’s environmental impact with exhaust gas filtering technology that complies with the strict European EURO STAGE V guidelines for emissions on land and inland waterways. The dual exhaust filter system removes up to 99 percent of nanoparticles from emissions using a diesel particulate filter (DPF) followed by selective catalytic reduction system (SCR) for NOx removal, said Jan De Nul.