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Construction completed on Germany’s first privately-financed offshore wind farm, Meerwind Sud & Ost

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Source: WindMW


April 7th 2014, Great Yarmouth, UK

 Last week, Seajacks Zaratan successfully installed the final blade of the 80th turbine to complete the installation of Meerwind Offshore Wind Park. Construction of Meerwind began in 2012 and was completed on schedule within 18 months.
Seajacks were main installation contractor for the Meerwind Project, their work included installation of scour, monopiles, TPs and turbines while also taking responsibility in other areas such as noise mitigation.

Jens Assheuer, CEO of WindMW said: “I would like to thank the project’s investors, staff, suppliers and other stakeholders for their significant commitment and support. The completion of the project on schedule and at the highest quality standards is a result of the contributions of all parties involved.”

The 288 MW project will produce enough clean power to service approximately 360,000 households and will help Germany eliminate approximately one million tons of carbon emissions per year.

Meerwind was the first German offshore wind project to be fully financed by private investors, was the largest German offshore wind farm to achieve a full financial closing, and was the first to close under Germany’s KfW financing program, which is focused on helping Germany meet its renewable energy targets by providing debt financing to greenfield energy projects.

Sean Klimczak, Senior Managing Director at Blackstone said: “We are very pleased to have reached this important project milestone, bringing Germany one step closer to meeting its green energy targets. Together with our partners, we would like to thank our suppliers and their hard-working teams for their efforts to make our project vision a reality.”

A total of EUR 1.2 billion was invested in the construction of the wind farm Meerwind Süd and Ost, which is situated 23 kilometers north of Helgoland, Germany.

Seajacks Zaratan installs final turbine at Meerwind Offshore Wind Park

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Source: WindMW


April 4th 2014, Great Yarmouth, UK

Last night, Seajacks Zaratan lifted the last blade into place at the 288MW Meerwind offshore wind farm in the German North Sea, marking the completion of turbine installation.
Seajacks CEO, Blair Ainslie, commended the performance of the project team and crews on-board the vessels.
“This is a great achievement by all, our project management and construction teams onshore and of course our magnificent offshore crews on Leviathan and Zaratan.
It is another significant milestone in Seajacks’ development. Taking on turnkey installation for the Meerwind project was a natural stepping stone for us as we move towards our goal of providing a more comprehensive EPC offering to our clients. Not only was the installation cost effective but more importantly it was carried out without harm to any individual or the environment.
This project will go down as another successful installation project for Seajacks and will be added to our impressive resume of work which includes, Walney, Sheringham Shoal and Greater Gabbard wind parks. It has been our pleasure to work with WindMW on this very successful construction project.”

Seajacks UK hosts Shadow Energy Minister for discussions on Labour’s energy policy

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Blair Ainslie, Julie Elliott, MP and Cllr. Trevor Wainwright outside Seajacks Head Office

March 7th 2014, Great Yarmouth, UK

Seajacks UK was delighted to host the Shadow Energy Minister, Julie Elliott, MP at their Great Yarmouth offices today for discussions on the shape of the Labour Party’s Energy Policy and for the Shadow Minister to learn more about one of the region’s leading supply chain companies to the offshore wind sector.

Accompanied by the Leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, Cllr. Trevor Wainwright, the Shadow Minister toured around Seajacks’ new office and storage facilities, meeting staff and hearing about working in the offshore wind industry.

Blair Ainslie, CEO of Seajacks UK commented: ‘It is really great that the Shadow Energy Minister came all this way to visit us. We emphasised to her that East Anglia is the leading region for energy production, particularly offshore wind, so that she was able to appreciate the huge growth and jobs benefit that the renewable energy sector brings to places such as East Anglia.’

Julie Elliott, MP, Shadow Energy Minister commented: ‘It was a great pleasure to visit Seajacks today, and to see the important work they are doing in offshore wind. I firmly believe that the UK has the potential to be a world leader in clean energy, and in offshore wind in particular.’

Meerwind Update – Seajacks installers race towards finish line

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WTG Installation by Seajacks Zaratan at Meerwind in Germany

Seajacks Zaratan installing Siemens 3.6MW turbines at Meerwind Offshore Wind Park

November 11th 2013, Great Yarmouth, UK

Seajacks will soon be adding Meerwind Offshore Wind Park, a 288MW wind farm development located in the Exclusive Economic Zone region of the German North Sea, to an impressive tally of successful offshore wind farm installation projects.

Seajacks vessels and crews are working their way through the remaining turbines, with Zaratan installing five and Leviathan two sets of turbine components in each cycle. On completion of the 80th turbine, which is currently expected to occur in February 2014, Seajacks will have installed 310 turbines Siemens 3.6MW turbines since 2010.

Blair Ainslie, CEO at Seajacks UK, said “I am very proud of what has been achieved at Meerwind on this pioneering project for Seajacks and WindMW. It should serve as a positive blueprint for future projects and demonstrates how costs can be reduced and delays minimised when an experienced contractor and the right equipment is selected to execute this work. Our success on this project stems right back to the on-time delivery of newbuild vessel Seajacks Zaratan, which enabled us to mobilize to Cuxhaven ready to install the first monopiles as per original schedule in October 2013. We made good progress during the winter months and now, just 12 months on, all foundations are now in place and all 80 turbines will soon be erected.”

Watch our 20 minute video showing how the foundations were installed last winter at Meerwind.

Team Seajacks take on East Coast 10k Challenge

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Yesterday a group of Seajacks employees dusted off their running shoes to compete in Great Yarmouth’s annual East Coast 10k Run.

Competing with nearly 400 other competitors, ‘Team Seajacks’ ran through the streets of Great Yarmouth in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA). To date, an amazing £2,700 has been raised thanks to the generosity of  colleagues, suppliers, families and friends. MNDA was chosen as many members of the team know at least one person who has been affected by the disease. Also, MNDA are the only charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland dedicated to caring for people with MND and enhancing their quality of life wherever possible. More information about MNDA can be found on their website:

Well done to all of ’Team Seajacks’ and good luck with training for the next challenge - ’The Ben Nevis Climb 2014′.

Seajacks exhibit at SPE Offshore Europe in Aberdeen – Stand 3D198

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Seajacks exhibit at Offshore Europe, Aberdeen, 3rd - 6th September 2013

Seajacks UK will be exhibiting at SPE Offshore Europe in Aberdeen,
3rd – 6th September 2013.

Offshore Europe includes a conference and exhibition which will attract a wide audience of industry specialists and leaders who will be discussing the various issues which are currently affecting the upstream industry.

Seajacks will also be taking part in Energise your Future @ Offshore Europe on Friday 6th September 2013.

This is an ideal opportunity for students to engage with Seajacks employees and realise the potential range of careers Seajacks has to offer.

Everyone is welcome to come and meet us at Stand 3D198 to discuss our exciting future plans.


Seajacks hosts Energy Minister for roundtable discussions on energy in East Anglia

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Michael Fallon MP visits Seajacks

(From Left to Right) Brandon Lewis MP for Great Yarmouth, Blair Ainslie CEO Seajacks,
Rt Hon Michael Fallon Minister of State for Energy, Takeshi Yamamoto Director Seajacks,
Simon Gray CEO EEEGR.

August 7th 2013, Great Yarmouth, UK

Seajacks was delighted to host the Energy Minister, Rt. Hon. Michael Fallon, MP at our Great Yarmouth offices for an EEEGR roundtable event on the energy opportunity in East Anglia. The Minister was in the region to open the Greater Gabbard wind farm and tour other energy sites and kicked-off his visit by visiting the new Seajacks offices, meeting the staff and attending a roundtable event, introduced by Seajacks CEO Blair Ainslie.

The roundtable event was organised by the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR, of which Blair Ainslie is a Board Member) and was attended by some of the leading energy leaders in East Anglia as well as local MP, Brandon Lewis. It gave the Minister the chance to hear from them why East Anglia is at the forefront of the energy sector in the UK, particularly in offshore wind, and for energy leaders to press their case for the Government to continue to support renewable and other energy sources in the region.

Blair Ainslie commented:

It was a great honour for us to have the Minister visit us on his tour of the energy highlights in our region. We made sure that he understood that East Anglia is the leading region for energy production, particularly offshore wind, and he certainly left the meeting with a stronger appreciation of the work that Seajacks and our colleagues are doing to bring growth and jobs in the energy sector to East Anglia.’

Energy and Business Minister Michael Fallon said:

‘Seajacks is a perfect example of a local business benefiting from supply chain opportunities that offshore wind brings. They are investing in the ships that transport these great turbines out to sea, and employing hundreds of local people.’


After the roundtable, the Minister opened the Greater Gabbard wind farm, which Seajacks were main installers for and said:

‘Greater Gabbard has already brought jobs and wider benefit to the local community, with hundreds of people employed on site. It has also benefited local business. Today, I visited Seajacks, a British company based in Great Yarmouth, who are building the world’s largest and most advanced offshore wind farm installation vessel to transport turbines out to this great wind farm. This sector is an engine of our economy.’

Local MP and CLG Minister Brandon Lewis MP who attended the meeting said:

‘I was delighted to have the opportunity to help showcase the fantastic work undertaken by Seajacks here in Great Yarmouth. Seajacks is just one of the booming companies working in the offshore energy sector; creating good quality jobs and helping the local economy.’

Seajacks announces construction of Scylla

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June 10, 2013, Great Yarmouth, UK

Seajacks International has entered into a contract with Samsung Heavy Industries to build the world’s largest and most advanced offshore wind farm installation vessel. The vessel has been specifically designed to meet the demands associated with working UK Round 3, Scottish territorial waters and the other North West European markets. Seajacks also has options for the construction of an additional two units.

Named Seajacks Scylla, the new vessel is based on the Gusto MSC NG14000X design and will be the fifth new self-propelled jack-up to join the Seajacks fleet since 2009.

The vessel will be equipped with a 1500t leg-encircling crane, incorporate useable deck space in excess of 5000m2, and have over 8000t of available variable load.

Sailing at speeds of 12 knots or over, Scylla will be outfitted with 105 metre long legs that have the ability to install components in water depths of up to 65m.

Seajacks is a leading offshore installation contractor that services both the offshore wind and oil and gas industries. Based in the UK, the company recently expanded from its core market in the North Sea and North West Europe by establishing ‘Seajacks Japan’ as a platform from which to service the Asian market.

Seajacks recently completed the successful installation of all 80 monopiles at the Meerwind Offshore Wind Park on schedule, despite having experienced significantly worst weather than anticipated this winter. As part of its role as Main Installation Contractor at the German site, Seajacks is responsible for the installation of all turbines and foundations, as well as the scour installation, grouting and noise mitigation for the project.

Blair Ainslie, CEO of the Seajacks Group, said,

Seajacks Scylla is a significant milestone for Seajacks and for the offshore wind industry. She is a Round 3 vessel and is more technically advanced than any other installation vessel that we see on the market today.
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.
We are delighted to be working with a top tier shipbuilder in Samsung Heavy Industries. Samsung are recognised as a premier offshore shipyard who have a reputation of delivering a first class product. We are therefore confident that Scylla will be of the highest quality and certain that she will be delivered on time for the commencement of UK Round 3.
The arrival of Scylla will make Seajacks’ modern fleet of vessels unrivalled in the offshore wind sector for installation and maintenance of wind farms

Harris Lee, Vice President of the Samsung Heavy Industries, said

We are also pleased to be working with Seajacks, a leading offshore installation contractor. Since Scylla will be the most technically advanced unit in the sector, we will put our utmost effort into both the design and construction phases to ensure the best quality and performance of vessel.
Meanwhile, we are viewing the Wind Power market very positively and are therefore optimistic about the optional vessels

Seajacks Scylla will be delivered in the second half of 2015.

Since 2009, Seajacks has developed a track record of over 830MW of turbines installed and is currently constructing an additional 288MW at the Meerwind Offshore Wind Power Project in Germany. Based in Great Yarmouth (UK), Seajacks were acquired by Marubeni Corporation and Innovation Network Corporation of Japan in May 2012. Marubeni has a track record of over 96,000MW of installed capacity in Global Power and is also the largest international IPP in Japan. In 2011, Marubeni aqcuired an equity stake in Gunfleet Sands (UK) wind farm.

Seajacks exhibit at Renewable UK in Manchester

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Seajacks UK will be exhibiting at the Renewable UK Offshore Wind Conference and Exhibition in Manchester, 12th – 13th June 2013.

Everyone is welcome to come and meet us at Stand 22 to discuss our exciting future plans.


Seajacks Japan Launched

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May 2013

Marubeni and INCJ established Seajacks Japan Ltd, a 100% group company of Seajacks International Limited (UK; acquired jointly by Marubeni and INCJ in May 2012).

Increasing offshore wind projects combined with the planned backup of governmental support ensures Japan is rapidly attracting focus as one of the next major sources of renewable energy. Combined with the Asian offshore wind market, it is expected to grow to rank with the huge European market in the future. Seajacks Japan will conduct sales and marketing activities mainly targeting the offshore wind market in Japan and other Asian countries.

Seajacks International Ltd has installed over 830 MW of turbines in European waters and is currently constructing an additional 288 MW at the Meerwind Offshore Wind Park in Germany. By combining Seajacks’ know-how in the offshore wind market with Marubeni and INCJ’s experience, Seajacks Japan aim to support the expanding growth of the Japanese and Asian offshore wind markets.

Since 2009, Seajacks vessels have installed more than 230 wind turbine generator. Seajacks is currently acting as Main Installation Contractor for WindMW’s Meerwind Offshore Wind Park in Germany.

In addition to installing all 80 monopiles, transition pieces and WTGs at the site, Seajacks has also partnered with other industry leaders to provide a range of end-to-end services to its client, including the installation of scour protection and noise mitigation measures.

Seajacks is dedicated to becoming a world leading service provider for the installation, maintenance, repair, hook-up and commissioning of offshore wind farms.

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