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Jack-Up Barge acquires platform for increased versatility

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Jack-Up Barge, the offshore self-elevating platform supplier, has announced the acquisition of the Odin self-elevating platform from Hochtief. The acquisition expands the Jack-Up Barge fleet, increasing capacity and versatility.

This is a new approach from Jack-Up Barge who have previously expanded with new builds. The company are renaming the barge JB 119, ready to take its place alongside the seven platforms currently operated. The platform, 46.1 m long by 30 m wide and 4.6 m high, has 60 m legs that enable operation in water depths of up to 45 m. The platform features on board accommodation for up to 40 persons.

Jack-Up Barge Commercial Director Maarten Hardon says the JB 119 will fit neatly into the pre-existing fleet, with no requirement for adjustments to be made. “She fits perfectly into our portfolio,” he says. “Currently the platforms we operate are generally for either large or small scale operations. This acquisition will enable us to offer a mid-scale platform in the future.”

He says the purchase was a natural one, when the opportunity arose, considering the quality of the platform. “She was well maintained, in good condition and with an almost new crane.” The Liebherr BOS 7500 Heavy Lift Crane lifts 300 t at 15 m. The maximum reach of the boom is 84 m to accommodate offshore wind installations.

Mr Hardon says that the platform’s specifications make her suitable for use as a coastal unit carrying out civil construction work or for small offshore wind installation projects. Jack-Up Barge are planning to put the platform into international service and have already secured a contract for her in South America. She is due to sail at the beginning of May for a construction project that is expected to take 8 months.

In the past Hochtief employed the platform for foundation pile installation, offshore substation construction and pile driving for harbour construction. Jack-Up Barge are expanding their fleet further with a new build platform they will name JB 120.


  • Classification: GL + 100 A5 K50
  • Dimensions: 46.1 m L, 30 m W, 4.6 m H
  • Leg dimensions: 60 m
  • Draught: min: 2.3 m
  • max: 3.25
  • Operating depth: 45 m
  • Payload: 1200 t
  • Deckload: 15t /m2-30 t/m2
  • Hoisting capacity: 900 t/each
  • Hoisting speed: up to 2.5 m/min
  • Crane capacity: 15 m/300 t
  • Crawler crane: Liebherr BOS 7500
  • Mooring winches: 2 double winches, 2 single winches
  • Power supply: Diesel/hydraulic: 4 x 355 KW
  • Diesel/Electrical: 4 x 355 KW

Adapted from a press release by David Bizley

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