'Walking' jack-up Wavewalker 1 namedVessel & ROV News // September 25, 2012
An innovative 'walking' jack-up barge, WaveWalker 1, was named at Neptune Shipyard in Hardinxveld Giessendam, The Netherlands on 21 September 2012.
The naming ceremony was performed by Sonja Jonkman, wife of André Jonkman, Chief Financial Officer & Member of the Board of Management of Fugro NV.
WaveWalker 1 is being developed by Fugro and Van Oord to move and operate offshore, in surf zones and other intertidal locations.
The keel of the unit was laid on 4 April 2012 and the jack-up will be operational by the end of 2012 , carrying out drilling and blasting works for the Suape Outer Channel in Brazil.
The platform can be operated in conventional 4-legged mode, or as an 8-legged self-contained walking jack-up platform, capable of safely operating and bi-directional movement whilst elevated.
"Undertaking geotechnical site investigations, drilling and other underwater activity from a stable platform with the added benefit of relocation without floating will reduce the impact of sea conditions on the operational hours in harsh coastal zones," said Fugro in a statement.