Keppel FELS is set to deliver the world’s largest multi-purpose offshore wind turbine installer ahead of schedule to Seafox Group, the Singaporean shipbuilder said late last week.
Named Seafox 5, the new-generation offshore wind turbine installation vessel is designed to withstand the harsh conditions all year round in the North Sea and water depths up to 65 meters.
“As the first offshore wind turbine installation vessel built in Singapore, Seafox 5 marks a significant milestone in the capabilities and innovation by a Singaporean shipyard,” said Tan Chuan-Jin, Singapore’s Acting Minister for Manpower and Senior Minister of State for National Development. “I am glad to learn that, in line with Singapore’s push for increasing productivity, Keppel has been able to deliver this vessel more than a month ahead of schedule and with an excellent safety record. This reflects a goal that every company should aim towards: a productive workplace where the job is not only completed well and fast, but also enables every worker to return home to his family safely at the end of the day.”
Measuring 50m wide and 151m end-to-end, Seafox 5 will be among a handful of purpose-built jackups with a 1200-ton heavy lift capacity and capable of installing both turbines and large foundations exceeding 800 tons in weight. The vessel also boasts an impressive deck space of 3,600m2 and a variable load of 7,000 MT.
Equipped with Dynamic Positioning 2 (DP-2) capabilities, the self-propelled Seafox 5 can be elevated above sea level by four legs which provide 30m of clearance between the legs and crane for easy cargo access. Seafox 5 also features a large carrying capacity of up to 12 3.6MW turbines, three jackets or four tripods at a time.
“Seafox 5 is a new generation vessel which will be able to out-perform existing marine assets both on cost and efficiency in wind installation,” said Keesjan Cordia, CEO of Seafox. “In addition, this state-of-the-art vessel has been specifically designed to meet all the requirements of both the offshore wind and the oil & gas industries in harsh environments.”
The Seafox 5 has already been chartered to the joint-venture company, Aarsleff Bilfinger Berger (ABJV) Dan Tysk, to install offshore wind foundations in the 288 megawatt (MW) Dan Tysk wind farm in the German Sector of the North Sea.