Japan’s First Large-Scale Commercial Windfarm Project Installation To Begin

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced that the Self-Elevating Platform (SEP) vessel (*1) Seajacks Zaratan-owned by the Japanese subsidiary of Seajacks International Limited Group (Seajacks) in which MOL has acquired a stake-called at the Port of Akita on April 16, 2021.

The vessel will start installation work of the foundation of Japan’s first large-scale commercial windfarm project in a couple of days, in development by the Akita Offshore Wind Corporation, at the ports of Akita and Noshiro under a contract between the Japanese subsidiary of Seajacks and Kajima Corporation, which is handling the installation of windmills and foundations.

The MOL Group continually promotes and develops environment and emission-free business activities including the offshore wind farm business in a proactive manner, striving to reduce the environmental impact of its operations.

the SEP vessel Seajacks Zaratan at the Port of Akita
Image Credits: mol.co.jp

(*1) SEP: Self-Elevating Platform. The platform is equipped with legs that rest on the seabed and move up and down. The vessel installs offshore wind turbine with a crane by moving the platform above the sea surface. By raising and maintaining the platform higher than the waves, the SEP vessel can operate even in rough seas. It can be used not only to install offshore wind turbine, but also to support maintenance work of offshore oil and gas rigs.

Reference: mol.co.jp

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