Damen jack-up vessel re-fitted for wind challenge

The jack-up vessel 'Seafox 5' departing Damen Verolme Rotterdam following its conversion The jack-up vessel 'Seafox 5' departing Damen Verolme Rotterdam following its conversion
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Seafox’s largest self-propelled DP2 jack-up rig has left the Damen Verolme Rotterdam (DVR) shipyard following a four-month refit to prepare it for work on next generation windfarm projects.

During the works, the boom of Seafox 5’s main Liebherr crane was lengthened to prepare it for a new contract, along with a range of maintenance and other upgrade works.

Seafox 5’s call at the Damen Verolme yard marked a busy and intense period for Seafox 5, its crew and office project team. However, all the scheduled works were completed on time and without incident,” said Alex Eijgenraam, Seafox 5 rig manager.

First drydock

Delivered in 2012, Seafox 5 is owned and operated by jack-up specialist Seafox BV. Measuring in at 151 metres long and with a breadth of 50 metres, it is the largest vessel in the Seafox fleet and has a 1,200-tonne main crane and accommodation for up to 150 personnel.

The vessel’s arrival at DVR in September last year marked its first time in drydock since its initial delivery.

While the vessel alongside, a series of other works were undertaken including a special periodic survey, testing the jacking system up to 70-metres above sea level, renewing the leg guide wear plates and installing a secondary Sormec crane and a repaint.

Seafox 5 will now head out to fulfil an upcoming contract with GeoSea to install 66 six-megawatt wind turbines at the Merkur wind farm off the coast of Germany.

Damen has a longstanding relationship with Seafox, with the latter’s vessels regular visitors to both DVR and Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam.

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