On February 21, 2019 DEME’s newest self-propelled DP2 jack-up vessel ‘Apollo’ was officially named in the port of Zeebrugge, Belgium. The ceremony was performed by Olympic, World and European Champion heptathlon Nafi Thiam.
One of the exceptional features of the ‘Apollo’ are its extremely long lattice legs of 106.8 m, which allow the vessel to jack-up in water depths up to 65 m. The vessel is equipped with an 800-tonne, leg-encircling crane. The vessel has a large, spacious 2000 m² deck, which is free of obstacles and has a load carrying capacity of 15 t/m².
“We are truly honoured to have heptathlete Nafi Thiam as the godmother of our newest vessel,” says Hugo Bouvy, Managing Director of DEME Offshore. “The seven disciplines of the heptathlon are a real test of strength, endurance and versatility. These are features we also recognise in the vessel and crew of ‘Apollo’. The versatile vessel will serve the offshore wind industry, but will also provide services to the oil & gas industry, with a particular focus on the installation and decommissioning of platform facilities.”
Hundreds of people followed the event on DEME’s Facebook and Instagram livestream. A selected group of students has the opportunity to visit the vessel and meet the crew during a job day following the naming ceremony.
DEME has a full orderbook for jack-up ‘Apollo’ with a variety of projects in both the offshore renewables and oil & gas market. The vessel will now be mobilised for pre-piling works at the Moray East offshore wind farm in the UK.
The Belgian dredging, environmental and marine engineering group DEME is an international market leader for complex marine engineering works.
Building on more than 140 years of experience and know-how, DEME has organically moved into several related sectors, such as the financing of marine engineering and environmental projects, executing complex EPC related marine engineering projects including civil engineering works, the development and construction of renewable energy projects, providing services for the oil, gas and energy sector, the decontaminating and recycling of polluted soils and silts, the harvesting of marine resources, etc.
Thanks to an integrated company structure, DEME strongly emerges as a 'global solutions provider' which offers its clients overall solutions. DEME has the most modern, high-tech and versatile fleet.
DEME Group has 5,200 employees worldwide and achieved a turnover of 2.37 billion euros in 2017.
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