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 – 03/02/2011
* Double Bottom sections 5, 6, 7 & 8 are fully assembled together on the Keel blocks
* Double Bottom section 9 has been fully assembled and lifted into position on the Keel blocks to be welded to section 8
* Double Bottom section 10 is under fabrication & assembly
* Wing Tank sections 17 & 18 panels are under fabrication
* Main Deck forward section 30 steel profiles are being cut
* Pipe supports & spool fabrication, galvanizing & assembly continues for the Bilge, Ballast, Sea Water Cooling, Potable Fresh Water Storage, Sanitary, Drains, Vents & Sounding pipe systems located within double bottom sections 5, 6, 7, 8, & 9
* Spud Can fabrication is in progress at the sub-contractor’s facility
– Bottom plates & internal bulkheads are under fabrication
– Lower pillars are being rolled into shape
* Leg materials have been delivered to the sub-contractor & construction is expected to start on schedule
* Main Crane materials have been delivered to the sub-contractor & construction has started on schedule
* Main Electrical Switchboards construction & assembly continue according to the schedule
* Construction of the hull structure is currently progressing ahead of schedule.
Source:Seajacks, February 4, 2011;