Seajacks orders offshore wind installation vessel from Samsung Heavy

(SeeNews) - Jun 10, 2013 - UK-based offshore installation contractor Seajacks International said today it had ordered an offshore wind farm installation vessel at South Korea's Samsung Heavy Industries (KRX:010140).

The vessel, named Seajacks Scylla, is scheduled for delivery in the second half of 2015, on time for the start of the UK's Round 3 offshore wind programme. It will be the fifth new self-propelled jack-up to become part of Seajacks' fleet since 2009. Under the contract, the installation company also has options to build another two units at Samsung Heavy Industries. Financial details were not provided.

Scylla, described by Seajacks as the world's largest and most advanced vessel of its type, is designed to respond to the requirements of UK Round 3, Scottish waters and the other markets in northwestern Europe. Blair Ainslie, chief executive of the Seajacks Group, said the ship's design "has been developed to meet the installation needs of jumbo-monopiles, jackets and turbines of future wind farms in deeper waters and further from shore." The vessel will have 105-metre (344.5 ft) long legs, capable of installing components in water depths of up to 65 m.

Seajacks, which last year got acquired by Japanese trader Marubeni Corp (TYO:8002) and Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, has so far installed more than 830 MW of turbines and is in a process of constructing another 288 MW at the Meerwind offshore wind project in Germany.

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