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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.

    The DP2 jack-up vessel Neptune was named on 08 March at the 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 division of DEME Group.

    The contract for the detailed design, construction and delivery of the jack-up was signed on 16 September 2010. The keel was laid on 25 March 2011 and the unit was launched on 23 September 2011.

    The 60m long Neptune is a DP2 jack-up and 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 from class society ABS.

    Neptune's first 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 of the Trianel West Borkum II windfarm and the EnBW Baltic 2 windfarm.

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