GeoSea orders jumbo jack-up platformVessel & ROV News // June 16, 2008
GeoSea, part of the DEME Group in Belgium, has announced that it is constructing a brand-new 'jumbo jack-up platform' with which to support major projects at sea.
Said GeoSea: "By mere size and use of the newest technology, the jack-up platform will become a unique vessel."
The platform is being built by Antwerp-based company Iemants.
It is GeoSea’s ambition to participate in the construction of offshore windfarms and construction of bridges and other civil construction work in the water.
Said DEME: "Jack-up platforms are the workhorse par excellence for major maritime projects. They are firmly anchored on the sea bottom by long spuds, and are able to jack up themselves high above the swell."
GeoSea's jack-up will provide accommodation for 50 people, and will be equipped with the newest technology in the field of
jack-up systems, a helicopter landing platform, and rescue capabilities. It produces its own drinking water, performs its own waste treatment and is designed for a minimal energy
The new jack-up will have spuds that are puds are almost 80m long, guaranteeing continuous operation in water depths of up to 50m, which thus covers almost the entire North Sea.
The platform will be 55m long and have a breadthof 33m, and have a jack-up capability of 2,000 tonnes on each of the four spuds.
DEME Group said that even before construction has begun, several assignments for the new jack-up platform have already been booked.