Dutch marine contractor Van Oord has drafted in the Seajacks Scylla vessel to aid its offshore wind operations in Europe.
The company has signed a contract with Seajacks UK, a wholly owned subsidiary of marine-based renewables giant Eneti, for use of the ship.
Dubbed the “largest and most capable” vessel in the Seajacks fleet, Seajacks Scylla is currently working in Taiwan with Orsted on the Greater Changhua Offshore Wind Farm.
It will move to Europe upon completion of the existing turbine installation contract.
Eneti expects the firm charter duration of the Van Oord contract to generate around $60 million of revenue in 2023.
Arnoud Kuis, managing sirector, Van Oord Offshore Wind, said: “We are delighted with this constructive cooperation with Seajacks. This cooperation gives us the ability to realise our growth ambitions in the offshore wind market both in, and outside, Europe.”
Emanuele Lauro, chief executive of Eneti, added: “Securing this charter will bring the Scylla back from the Asia Pacific to the European market by the end of 2022. For a large and highly capable installation vessel like Scylla, we are seeing numerous opportunities in the UK and Europe in 2024 and 2025 as wind turbines increase in size and weight and are located further offshore.”
To date, Seajacks has installed over 500 offshore wind turbines in Europe, and most recently in Taiwan.
It owns and operates a fleet of 5 GustoMSC designed vessels, all capable of installing and maintaining offshore wind farms in harsh conditions.
Blair Ainslie, CEO of Seajacks, added: “All of us here at Seajacks UK are once again thrilled to be working alongside Van Oord. The Scylla 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.”