Revolutionary vessels being designed by naval architects for the UK wind, wave and tidal energy sector will become more commonplace at the docks as exciting new projects unfold off our shores.
Two state-of-the-art, self-propelled jack-up vessels the ‘Seajacks Leviathan’ and ‘Seajacks Kraken’, used for the installation and maintenance of offshore wind turbines will dry dock in number 2 dock together in mid-April for maintenance and mobilisation before their next contracts.
A&P Falmouth Commercial director David Daniel said:” This will be a very intensive 16 day period for the yard. It is an important contract for the Group. Both of these rigs will be jacked up approximately 10 metres whilst in dry-dock. The yard is fabricating blade racks each weighing 100 tonnes and 40 metres in length that will be fitted to the vessels during the dry docking period.”
He explained that apart from general maintenance work, part of the contract also involves assisting in the mobilisation of both rigs for DONG Energy, a company that has chartered the vessels to install wind turbines on the Walney 2 offshore wind farm project 15 kilometres west of Barrow in Cumbria. DONG Energy is one of the leading energy groups in Northern Europe, headquartered in Denmark.
Walney 1 and Walney 2 will each comprise 51 turbines with a total capacity of 367.2MW. When the project is completed, approximately 320,000 homes or one and a half times the number of households in Cumbria could be provided with clean electricity in the years to come.