Seaway 7 has ordered a monopile installation kit from Huisman for its new build vessel Seaway Ventus which indicates that this vessel will land a monopile installation contract very soon.
Seaway Ventus will be the newest addition to Seaway 7’s fleet and the company’s first jack up vessel. The vessel is still in the yard undergoing some final touches before delivery where the vessel will head to Europe. Seaway Ventus is contracted by Ørsted for turbine installation at Gode Wind 3 and Borkum Riffgrund 3. After the completion of turbine installation for Ørsted the vessel will head to the Netherlands and get fitted with its new Huisman monopile equipment and be ready for monopile work in late 2024 or early 2025.
The monopile installation spread which Seaway Ventus will be equipped with is not a permanent fixture that will only allow the vessel to install monopiles going forward. Rather the monopile spread can be removed relatively quickly when the vessel is tasked for turbine installation. However, as the vessel is getting this equipment, it gives the market a good indication that the vessel is preparing for monopile work. A handful of projects that have scheduled installation for foundations in 2025 have yet to announce an installation vessel and it’s likely the vessel will fill one of these spots.
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