Subsea Lifting assembly for Moonfish

During the installation of offshore windfarms, subsea trenchers are used to bury cables into the seabed. Our client Jan De Nul Group has a fleet of subsea trenchers for various water depths. One of their trenchers, the Moonfish, has been recently upgraded, in view of TenneT’s offshore projects Hollandse Kust (noord) and (west Alpha). Here, Jan De Nul Group will install 210 km of submarine power cables.

Jan De Nul has contacted for the design, construction, certification, and delivery of a Subsea Lifting Assembly for the Moonfish. The lifting assembly will be used to launch the subsea trencher on the seabed. And subsequently, for the recovery of the trencher when the work on the seabed has been finalized.

Successful collaboration

During the project, the engineering teams of Jan De Nul and have worked closely together. Based on the concept design, delivered by Jan De Nul, the team executed extensive detail engineering for modifications and upgrades. This was necessary to comply with the requirements of the project and DNV codes.

Subsea lifting assembly Moonfish

The Moonfish lifting assembly consists of a lifting bullet with tugger points and a transverse beam with latching system and a catcher structure (tulip) on top. The lifting bullet is designed to latch into the transverse beam. To release the lifting bullet, hydraulic spring-return cylinders actuate the latching system.

The Moonfish lifting assembly is also equipped with tugger arms for tag line connections. The lifting assembly is designed for a maximum gross weight of 311 t. It can execute operations in subsea conditions up to 35 meter.

DNV certification

The project included delivery with DNV certification. Therefore, the new lifting assembly for the subsea trencher has been completely designed according to DNV codes. Next to that, for full certification, the equipment was fabricated under DNV survey. Finally, the load test with 567 t load was witnessed by DNV.

The projects Hollandse Kust (north)and (west Alpha) of TenneT

With the Hollandse Kust (north) and (west Alpha) project TenneT takes care of the connection of the wind farms that are built on the North Sea to the national electricity grid (Grid at Sea) wind farms to be constructed in the North Sea to the national electricity grid (Net op Zee).

To make this possible, TenneT is building platforms in the sea, laying cables and building a transformer station. The construction of the Grid at Sea and the wind farms is being carried out on behalf of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate of the Netherlands.

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Subsea lifting assembly

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