Jan De Nul Orders Second XL Cable Laying Vessel - Identical to the Fleeming Jenkin – Heavy Lift News
17 May 2024

Jan De Nul Orders Second XL Cable Laying Vessel – Identical to the Fleeming Jenkin

Subsea connections between Ireland and Wales, Crete and mainland Greece, the Orkney islands and mainland Scotland are just some of the subsea connections completed by the Jan De Nul Group.

These connections, via submarine cables, bring energy from offshore wind farms to land or to connect countries’ electricity grids. To further support that transition, the Jan De Nul Group are ordering another XL cable-laying vessel, identical to the Fleeming Jenkin, which will be delivered in 2026 and has already been booked for its first projects.

This is another major investment in the transition to renewable energy for the group. The new XL ship will be the fifth vessel in Jan De Nul Group’s cable-laying fleet. That fleet has installed 2,500km of submarine cables in 25 countries over the past decade. They connected Crete to mainland Greece, for example, so that the island no longer has to rely on diesel generators to generate electricity. Those cables span a length of 135km and are located at depths of up to 1,000m with a – to put it mildly – bitterly rough and challenging seabed.

Another high-profile project was the installation of 1,000km (1,000!) of cables to connect two islands off the coast of Abu Dhabi to the mainland. Currently, the group is also working on the Greenlink interconnector, linking the electricity grids of Ireland and Wales. A further 2,500km of cable routes are booked in the order book for the next few years. This immediately explains why Jan De Nul Group decided to order a new XL cable-laying vessel.


the Fleeming Jenkin


Jan Van de Velde, Director New Building, Jan De Nul Group: “We are and remain a big believer in the transition to renewable energy. With this second XL cable-laying vessel, we continue to reinforce our pioneering role. Both vessels combine all the cable installation expertise we have built up over the past decade. The result are vessels that operate very efficiently and have a much smaller carbon footprint.”



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