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UK and South Korean firms join up to build world’s largest wind vessel for “jumbo” turbines

Seajacks and Samsung to construct world’s most advanced turbine installation vessel for UK and Europe’s future offshore wind farms

The Seajacks Scylla vessel will meet the installation needs of future wind farms

Ship firms from the UK and South Korea are working together to build the world's largest offshore wind turbine installation vessel. Seajacks International, based in Norfolk, England, has entered into a contract with Samsung Heavy Industries, which has headquarters in Seoul, to build what the companies claim will be the world's most advanced offshore vessel for installing "jumbo" wind turbines for future offshore wind farms across UK and European waters.

The design of the vessel, named Seajacks Scylla, has been developed to meet the installation needs of jumbo-monopiles, jackets and turbines of future wind farms in deeper waters. The vessel, which will be delivered in the second half of 2015, has been specifically designed to meet the demands associated with working UK Round 3 wind farm projects, Scottish territorial waters and other North West European markets. Seajacks also has options for the construction of an additional two units.

Blair Ainslie, CEO of the Seajacks Group, said: "Seajacks Scylla is a significant milestone for Seajacks and for the offshore wind industry. She is a Round 3 vessel and is more technically advanced than any other installation vessel that we see on the market today.

"Drawing on our extensive experience, and based on feedback from discussions with clients across the supply chain, the design of Seajacks Scylla has been developed to meet the installation needs of jumbo-monopiles, jackets and turbines of future wind farms in deeper waters and further from shore."

"We are delighted to be working with a top tier shipbuilder in Samsung Heavy Industries, Ainslie added. "Samsung are recognised as a premier offshore shipyard which have a reputation of delivering a first class product. We are therefore confident that Scylla will be of the highest quality and certain that she will be delivered on time for the commencement of UK Round 3.

"The arrival of Scylla will make Seajacks' modern fleet of vessels unrivalled in the offshore wind sector for installation and maintenance of wind farms," he said.

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