New installation giant for Seajacks

Seajacks has signed up Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) to build what it claims will be “the world’s biggest and most advanced” offshore wind installation vessel.

The installation specialist said the Seajacks Scylla will be kitted out to meet the mounting demands of UK Round 3, Scottish and other northern European offshore wind projects when it is delivered in the second half of 2015.

The Scylla will boast a 1,500-tonne encircling crane, 5,000 square metres of usable deck space and more than 8,000 tonnes of available load.

Its 105-metre legs will be able to install wind components in water depths of up to 65 metres, travelling at more than 12 knots.

The deal with Korean shipbuilding giant SHI includes an option for an additional two vessels.

Blair Ainslie, CEO of Seajacks, said: “Seajacks Scylla is a significant milestone for Seajacks and for the offshore wind industry. She is a Round 3 vessel and is more technically advanced than any other installation vessel that we see on the market today.

“The design of Seajacks Scylla 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,” Ainslie added.

The installer said by using a major shipbuilder such as SHI for Scylla it was “certain that she will be delivered on time for the commencement of UK Round 3”.

Seajacks is owned by Japanese partners Marubeni and INCJ.

The company recently announced that it is opening an office in Tokyo to target the emerging Asian offshore wind sector.