Despite the apparent revision to its initial installation schedule, the consortium — which includes Marubeni, MHI, the University of Tokyo, Hitachi, Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding, Japan Marine United, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp., Furukawa Electric and Shimizu — still appears to be on schedule to start operations in March.

A spokesperson for consortium leader Marubeni told Recharge in September that the group planned to start mounting the first SeaAngel on a three-column semi-submersible floating apparatus at some point in December, as part of the second phase of the Fukushima offshore floating wind demonstration project.