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Seajacks International has entered into a contract with Samsung Heavy Industries to build what the companies say will be the world's largest offshore wind farm installation vessel.

Named Seajacks Scylla, the new vessel is based on the Gusto MSC NG14000X design and will be outfitted with 105-meter-long legs that have the ability to install components in water depths of up to 65 meters. Sailing at speeds of 12 knots or over, the vessel will also be equipped with a 1,500t leg-encircling crane, incorporate useable deck space in excess of 5,000 square meters and have over 8,000t of available variable load, the companies say.

“Drawing on our extensive experience, and based on feedback from discussions with clients across the supply chain, the design of Seajacks Scylla has been developed to meet the installation needs of jumbo-monopiles, jackets and turbines of future wind farms in deeper waters and further from shore,” says Blair Ainslie, CEO of the Seajacks Group.

The new vessel will be delivered in the second half of 2015, and Seajacks International says it has options for the construction of an additional two units.

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