Seafox Group confirms details of order for wind turbine installation vesselVessel & ROV News // August 3, 2010
Isle of Man-based Seafox Group has confirmed that it has entered into a joint-venture and construction agreement with Keppel FELS in Singapore for Seafox 5, a wind turbine installation vessel, with delivery scheduled for mid-2012.
The company said Seafox 5 is specifically designed to meet requirements in both the offshore wind and the oil and gas industry for installation and support services in the deeper water depths of the southern and Central North Sea (water depths of 65-70m).
The self-propelled DP2 jack-up has an installation capacity of 1,200 tonnes, a jacking system designed for quick and frequent usage, free deck area of more than 3,500m2, 150 POB plus leisure facilities, and variable deck-load usable for client’s use of 6,500 tonnes.
“We believe that the combination of both track records of Seafox and Keppel FELS will deliver the right quality equipment for the requirements of the offshore market today and that in the coming decades as operating efficiency, safety standards, reliability and value for money is key to our clients”, said Keesjan Cordia, Managing Director of Seafox Contractors BV.
“This new KFELS design is an example of how we have been able to leverage and apply both our market knowledge and technology expertise innovatively for a variety of offshore applications. Moreover, in working with an experienced fleet owner and operating partner such as Seafox to launch our design, we will have a good head start in developing our track record as the choice solutions provider for the emerging offshore wind energy sector,” Mr Wong Kok Seng, Executive Director of Keppel FELS added.
"Seafox 5 can be used in for both the heaviest foundation and turbine installation projects, including Round 3 in the UK, and can be utilised in the oil and gas market for both installation of field development platforms and decommissioning works, including platform and jacket removals in all of the Southern North Sea, Danish sector and large parts of the Central North Sea up to and including weights of 1,200 tonnes," Mr Cordia explained.
Workfox BV owned by the Seafox Group, as the manager of choice for the JV, will operate Seafox 5 from her offices in Hoofddorp in The Netherlands and Great Yarmouth in the UK.