Jumbo Exercises Option for 4th J-class Vessel

In 2004, Dutch heavy lift ship operator Jumbo set a world record with the introduction of the first J-Class 1,600t lift capacity vessels, the mv Jumbo Javelin and the mv Fairpartner. In order to meet the growing demand of the oil & gas industry, last year September, owners decided to further expand their fleet and ordered a third J-class vessel with an option for a fourth. To further their commitment, Jumbo has decided to take up its operating option for the 4th newbuilding J-class vessel.

While plant equipment for the oil and gas industry keeps increasing in weight and volume, Jumbo will match this increase by providing higher lift capacity with enhanced safety. For this the two existing J-class vessels, mv Jumbo Javelin and mv Fairpartner, have been upgraded to 1,800t lift capacity which vessels will be supplemented by two newbuilding J-class vessels with same lift capacity by early respectively middle 2008. Once again, Jumbo has set a new standard in the industry.

With an overall length of 144 m, the J1800-class has a completely flush main deck. For optimum stowage configuration, each of the tweendeck pontoons is variable in height. Like the other vessels within Jumbo's fleet, the J-class vessels feature small port operation capabilities. By this fleet- and lift capacity expansion, Jumbo will operate a versatile fleet of 14 heavy lift vessels with lift capacity in the range of 500- to 1800t offering their customers maximum design flexibility for their plant equipment.