Developing the next generation heavy lift jack up


Ulstein Design & Solutions B.V. (part of Ulstein Group) and SeaOwls B.V. are partnering up to jointly develop the next generation self-propelled heavy lift jack-up vessel.

 SeaOwls’ years of experience in jack-up technology and engineering and Ulstein’s vast track record in heavy lift vessel design, allow to develop a revolutionary new jack-up concept based on proven technologies. The new design aims to serve the (future) needs of offshore wind industry, but will also be suitable for operations in the offshore oil and gas market.

Rather than developing a scaled-up version of a conventional heavy lift jack-up vessel, a complete new design is being developed by the two companies. The new concept, dubbed SOUL (SeaOwls ULstein), will be scalable and suitable for various crane sizes, variable loads, deck lay-outs, etc.

“The design driver is to significantly increase the efficiency compared to existing units in the market, both in logistical lay-out as in pay load capacity”, 

mentions Erik Snijders, founder and managing director at SeaOwls. “The jacking technology is considered the most critical element for a jack-up and for SOUL we will make use of existing and proven jacking systems from reputable vendors.”

“Together we have come up with a new layout including number of alternative solutions that will significantly change and improve the installation of offshore wind turbines. With this partnership, we want to be a viable alternative for the offshore wind market”, says Edwin van Leeuwen, managing director at Ulstein Design & Solutions.

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About the companies

ULSTEIN is active in shipbuilding, design, system solutions and handling and lifting equipment for vessels servicing the offshore oil & gas industry and the offshore renewable industry. Since 1917, ULSTEIN has been associated with innovation and quality in design and delivery. ULSTEIN meets the demanding offshore challenges by embracing change and identifying opportunities. 

SeaOwls offers offshore contractors solid technical solutions and innovative concepts for new and existing mobile offshore units, jack-ups in particular. SeaOwls serve companies active in offshore oil & gas, drilling, wind energy and other construction works at sea.

Please contact us for more information

Ulstein Design & Solutions B.V.

Cornerstone Building (6th floor)
Rotterdam Airportplein 32
3045 AP Rotterdam
The Netherlands

Tel: +31 10 475 00 11