The self-elevating platform (SEP) vessel Seajacks Zaratan has called at the port of Akita in Japan and will soon begin installation works at the Akita Noshiro offshore wind farm.

The vessel is owned by the Japanese subsidiary of Seajacks, in which Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has acquired a stake.

Seajacks Zaratan will start installing the foundations of wind turbines at Japan’s first large-scale commercial wind farm, which is under construction by Akita Offshore Wind Corporation. 

The platform on the vessel is equipped with legs that rest on the seabed and move up and down. The vessel installs wind turbines with a crane by moving the platform above the sea surface; by raising and maintaining the platform above the waves the SEP vessel can also operate in rough seas.