Seajacks UK signs offshore wind vessel contract with Van Oord

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Seajacks UK, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eneti Inc., a leading provider of installation and maintenance vessels to the offshore wind sector, has signed a contract with Dutch marine contractor Van Oord. The company announced the news this Monday; highlighting that the ship under contract will return to Europe after 2022 for the job.

Firstly, the vessel under contract is the Seajacks Scylla, the largest and most capable ship in the Seajacks fleet. The vessel is currently working in Taiwan; completing its existing turbine installation contract with Ørsted on the Greater Changhua Offshore Wind Farm.

Upon completion, it will go back to Europe to fulfill its contract with Van Oord. According to the statement, the firm charter duration of the Van Oord contract will generate approximately $60 million of revenue in 2023.

Moreover, Seajacks has installed over 500 offshore wind turbines in Europe and most recently in Taiwan. Seajacks UK owns and operates a fleet of 5 GustoMSC designed vessels; all capable of installing and maintaining offshore wind farms in harsh conditions.

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Seajcacks UK to push growth of offshore wind in Europe

Furthermore, the fleet of Seajacks includes the Seajacks Kraken, Seajacks Leviathan, Seajacks Hydra, Seajacks Zaratan, and the above-mentioned Seajacks Scylla; all of these, part of Eneti’s company portfolio. Eneti Inc. focuses on the offshore wind and marine-based renewable energy industry; consequently, it has invested in the next generation of wind turbine installation vessels.

Arnoud Kuis, Managing Director, Van Oord Offshore Wind, said about the contract. “We are delighted with this constructive cooperation with Seajacks. This cooperation gives us the ability to realize our growth ambitions in the offshore wind market both in and outside Europe.”

On the other hand, Blair Ainslie, CEO of Seajacks, said. “The Scylla (ship) was previously chartered by Van Oord in 2019 to install monopile and transition pieces at the Deutsche Bucht Offshore Wind Farm in Germany. We had a positive experience there, and we look forward to another safe and efficient installation project.”

Finally, Emanuele Lauro, CEO of Eneti, said. “Securing this charter will bring the Scylla back from the Asia Pacific to the European market by the end of 2022. “We (see) numerous opportunities in the UK and Europe in 2024 and 2025 as wind turbines increase in size and weight and are located further offshore.”

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