JUNE 19, 2018 — The world’s largest offshore wind installation jack-up vessel has successfully completed important maintenance checks ahead of its next large-scale offshore wind farm project. Seajacks UK reports that Scylla, the largest of its five Gusto MSC designed vessels, has completed a deadweight survey, incline test and crane maintenance, all of which were successful.
The maintenance comes during a busy time for the vessel. Scylla recently completed the installation of 87 turbines, ahead of schedule, on the Walney Extension windfarm, which once active will be the world’s largest, and will soon be heading to the Southern North Sea to begin work on East Anglia ONE, helping install the jacket foundations for the 102 wind turbines on the site.
Delivered by shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries in October 2015, the GustoMSC NG14000X design Scylla is a state of the art wind turbine foundation and installation vessel specifically designed for deep water and large windfarm components and is the only ship capable of carrying up to four 12MW turbines at a single time. With 105 m long legs, she has the ability to install components in water depths of up to 65 m.
Blair Ainslie, CEO of Seajacks, said: “It is great to see that Scylla is in peak condition and ready to take on her next challenge. She and her crew had fantastic success recently working on the Walney Extension project, and to complete this so far ahead of schedule is testament to her incredible capabilities as an installation vessel.
“She is ready to begin work on East Anglia ONE and we are highly confident she will be a huge success on the project.”