In February 2010 Seajacks entered into a contract with GustoMSC to provide the Basic Design Package for two purpose built wind farm installation vessels.
In June 2010 Seajacks entered into a contract with Lamprell shipyard to build these new vessels and Seajacks will take delivery of the first new-build, Seajacks Zaratan, in May 2012, and the additional new-build shortly thereafter.
These self-propelled jack-ups have been designed specifically to service the wind farm installation market in the harsh operating environment of the North Sea, as well as to provide services to the oil and gas industry. The vessels will be a modified version of the MSC NG5500 design, which incorporates a fully redundant DP2 propulsion system, accommodations for 90 persons, and an 800T leg encircling crane designed by MSC.
Seajacks Zaratan Construction Summary – 13/2/2011
- Steel cutting commenced on the 21st October 2010
- Block numbers 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 30, 31 and 32 are currently in progress
- DB blocks numbers 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 are fully assembled, fully welded, installed on keel blocks and welded together on the construction pad
- DB block number 10 is under assembly
- Wing tank block numbers 15, 16, 17 and 18 are under panel fabrication
- Main deck block numbers 30, 31 and 32 are under panel fabrication
- Pipework fabrication, galvanising and assembly continues for bilge, ballast, S.W. Cooling, F.W. transfer, sanitary, drains, vents and sounding within these DB blocks
- Fabrication of pipe supports continues
- Spudcan fabrication continues at the sub-contractors facility
- Bottom plates and internal bulkheads are under fabrication
- Lower and upper pillars are being rolled into shape
- Leg section rolling has commenced at the sub-contractor’s facility
- Main crane materials have been delivered to the sub-contractor’s facility and construction has commenced
- Construction of main 690V switchboards and assembly continues
- Steel cutting of the jacking system structural components started on the 18th January 2011
- Overall we consider that construction is progressing marginally ahead of schedule.
Source:Seajacks, February 14, 2011;