Placement of Merkur Offshore wind turbines underway

Placement of Merkur Offshore wind turbines underway

Installation vessel Seafox 5 in Eemshaven for the first time

The construction of the Merkur Offshore wind farm is moving on to the next phase. Installation vessel Sea Challenger has now placed most of the transition pieces. These are the pieces between the foundation pile and the tower sections of the wind turbines. This means that the project has entered a new phase: the placement of the wind turbines themselves.

The next step is the installation of the tower sections of the wind turbines, the gondolas and the rotor blades. The installation vessel Seafox 5, which was built in 2012, will be taking care of this work and arrived at Eemshaven for that purpose last week. This is the first time that the Seafox 5 has put into Eemshaven, which means that this imposing jack-up ship can now be added to the already long list of vessels that moored earlier in Eemshaven.

Seafox 5 has a length of 115.21 metres and a width of 49.98 metres, with a draught of 9.5 metres. The installation vessel sails under the English flag and is carrying out this project for Geo Sea. Seafox 5 positioned itself on its four legs at the Orange Blue Terminals quay in Julianahaven to hoist the wind turbine components on board.

The jack-up installation vessel Seafox 5 will be installing all 66 GE Renewable Energy Haliade wind turbines for the Merkur wind farm. This is expected to take a good six months. Wind farm Merkur Offshore will have a capacity of 400 MW after commissioning.

Installation vessel Seafox 5 at Orange Blue Terminals in Julianahaven, Eemshaven