The self-propelled DP2 jack-up Seafox 5 is close to delivery in Singapore for subsequent dry-tow to the North Sea. Following the naming ceremony at Keppel FELS shipyard on 18 August 2012, the multi-purpose support vessel is currently carrying out sea trials and is expected in the North Sea early November.
This new KFELS design is an innovative concept for a variety of offshore applications and based on the result of a combined market knowledge and technology expertise, and incorporates 20 years of Workfox jack-up operational experience. The Seafox 5 can be used for the heaviest foundation and turbine installations in the offshore wind market, as well as for installation of field development platforms and decommissioning activities (platform and jacket removals) in the Southern North Sea, Danish Sector and large parts of the Central North Sea up to depths of 65-70m for clients in the offshore wind and oil & gas industry.
The self-propelled DP2 jack-up is equipped with a heavy-lift pedestal crane capable of hoisting 1,200 metric tons, a free deck area of more than 3,500 m2, a variable load of 7,000 metric tons and a jacking system for quick and frequent usage. The enhanced jacking and moving criteria (Hs 2.0m by 6-8/sec period) of the Seafox 5 will provide operators substantial added value, as well as the impressive survival criteria (Hmax 20m by associated period of 14.6 sec in 65 m water depth and current of 2 knots).
Upon arrival the Seafox 5 will be mobilised in Vlissingen for her first assignment. The jack-up has been chartered to Aarsleff & Bilfinger Berger Joint Venture (ABJV) to install offshore wind foundations in the 288 megawatt (MW) Dan Tysk wind farm in the German Sector of the North Sea.
Shipbuilding Tribune Staff, September 28, 2012