December 10 - Seajacks International, the offshore installation and maintenance contractor, has announced that its fifth self-propelled jack-up vessel, Seajacks Scylla, is set to enter service.

Built by Samsung Heavy Industries in Korea, Seajacks claims that Scylla is the world's largest and most capable installation jack up vessel to date and will join Seajacks' growing and impressive fleet of modern vessels, which includes the Kraken, Leviathan, Hydra and Zaratan.

Commenting on the new vessel, Blair Ainslie, Seajacks ceo said: "It's another terrific achievement for the new build team at Seajacks, which have now overseen the on-time and on-budget delivery of five of the world's most advanced DP2 jack-up vessels.

"Scylla is the largest and most advanced installation jack-up on the market and is targeted at the offshore wind and oil and gas markets. The vessel can handle extra large monopiles, jacket foundations, and is able to transport an impressive number of the 7 and 8 MW turbines that are currently available in the wind market."

Seajacks Scylla will be carried from South Korea to Europe on the heavy load carrier, Osprey, and is expected to arrive in Rotterdam around the end of January.

Seajacks operations teams will then prepare the vessel for its first project next spring.

Based in Great Yarmouth, UK, Seajacks International employs nearly 300 people onshore and offshore. Scylla's first job in the UK will commence in 2017 for DONG Energy at the Walney Extension offshore wind farm.

Scylla is outfitted with 105 m long legs which give the ability to install components in water depths in excess of 65 m (North Sea conditions). Scylla is equipped with a Huisman 1,500-tonne capacity leg-encircling crane and has useable deck space of up to 5,000 sq m and 8,800 tonnes of available variable load.