Gibraltar shipyard Gibdock has completed the afloat mobilization of Seajacks Scylla, the largest wind farm installation jack-up ever built. Following delivery to Great Yarmouth, U.K., headquartered Seajacks by Samsung Heavy Industries at the end of 2015, Scylla was discharged in Gibraltar waters by the heavy lift transporter Osprey before being towed into Gibdock for reactivation works at the yard's South Mole.
The self-propelled jack-up is equipped with a 1,540 ton leg-encircling crane, has 105 m long legs to permit installation of components in water depths of up to 65 m, and can transport monopoles and turbines of up 7-8 MW capacity.
Reactivation was completed in just five days and the giant jack-up departed Gibraltar for Great Yarmouth in preparation for starting her first contract with on the Veja Mate wind farm, off the coast of Germany, in March.
"This is a remarkable acknowledgement of Gibdock's emergence as a yard of choice for owners wishing to mobilize offshore assets," said Richard Beards, Managing Director, Gibdock. "Our location at the gateway to the Mediterranean and our accreditation for offshore work are proving pivotal for owners in the high specification offshore industry. The arrival of this state-of-the-art jack-up also demonstrates that the sector's true innovators recognize Gibdock as their first option for quality workmanship and on time completion."
Kevin Alcock, Seajacks Vice President New Build Projects, said: "We are very pleased with the assistance given by Gibdock in the successful reactivation of Seajacks Scylla following delivery to Europe. Gibdock has proved to be a very competent and flexible shipyard. We look forward to working with them again in the future."