Engineer and jack-up tech company, SeaOwl, and heavy-lift vessel designer, Ulstein, are teaming up to serve the offshore wind market. The two companies have created a new jack-up concept that is scalable. The team says it is suitable for various crane sizes, variable loads, deck lay-outs, etc.
Rather than developing a scaled-up version of a conventional heavy-lift jack-up vessel, the new concept dubbed SOUL (SeaOwls ULstein), is intended to be more efficient than current units.
“The design driver is to significantly increase the efficiency compared to existing units in the market, both in logistical lay-out as in pay load capacity,” said Erik Snijders, Founder and Managing Director at SeaOwls.
“The jacking technology is considered the most critical element for a jack-up,” Snijders added. “With this partnership, we want to be a viable alternative for the offshore wind market.”