Seafox 5 heads for DanTysk

New jack-up will install 80 monopiles in German North Sea

Seafox 5, a Singapore-built 151m jack-up vessel, is heading for the German North Sea. It will be used to install 80 monopile foundations at the 288MW DanTysk offshore wind farm.

Seafox 5 was built by a joint venture of Seafox Group and Keppel FELS. It is "a new generation vessel which will be able to out-perform existing marine assets both on cost and efficiency in wind installation," said Seafox chief executive, Keesjan Cordia.

Netherlands-based Seafox Group has made its name providing vessels for the offshore oil and gas industry in the southern North Sea. With this latest jack-up, it is targeting clients in the offshore wind industry. Keppel FELS designs, builds and repairs "high-performance mobile offshore rigs", and is part of Keppel Corporation. Seafox 5 is the first offshore wind jack-up vessel to be built in Singapore.

Designed to serve both the North Sea’s emerging offshore wind industry and the offshore oil and gas sector, Seafox 5 is capable of working in water depths of up to 70m. It can cope with foundations and turbines heavier than 800t.

The vessel has been chartered by ABJV DanTysk, a joint venture created by the two primary contractors building the DanTysk project, Bilfinger Berger Ingenieurbau and Per Aarsleff.

The project is being developed by Vattenfall (51%) and Stadtwerke München (49%).

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