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    Self-propelled jack-up Neptune named at Port of Ostend

    Vessel & ROV News // March 8, 2012

    Neptune will go to work shortly on the Thornton Bank offshore windfarm.

    TheDP2 jack-up vessel Neptune was named on 08 Marchatthe Port of Ostend by Mrs Isabel Casteleyn, partner of Federal State Secretary for Energy and the Environment Melchior Wathelet.

    The self-propelled jack-up vessel was built by IHC Merwede for GeoSea NV, the offshore marine construction divisionofDEME Group.

    The contract for the detailed design, construction and delivery of the jack-upwas signedon 16 September 2010. Thekeel was laid on 25 March 2011 and the unitwas launched on 23 September 2011.

    The 60m longNeptune is a DP2jack-upand is equipped with a 600 tonne crane that is fully integrated into the hull.

    Neptune will work mainly in the offshore windfarm installation market.

    Neptune also has a'Green Passport fromclass societyABS.

    Neptune'sfirst assignment will take it to the Thornton Bank offshore windfarm off the Belgian coast, where it will install 48 wind turbines for the second and third stages of the C-Power project.

    Subsequently,Neptune will be mobilised to the German waters of the North Sea for the construction ofthe Trianel West Borkum II windfarmand the EnBW Baltic 2 windfarm.

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