Scorpio Bulkers Inc., a provider of marine transportation of dry bulk commodities and investor in wind turbine installation vessels, has signed a letter of intent to construct a wind turbine installation vessel (WTIV) with options for additional vessels.
“Scorpio has a history of executing complex maritime projects and of building teams and expertise to enter new markets. We are fully committed to this new direction as an area of significant value creation for our shareholders and alignment with our multiple stakeholders,” says Emanuele A. Lauro, chairman and CEO of Scorpio Bulkers.
“This strategic direction now aligns with our future customers, investors, finance providers and the growing momentum in global public policy. At the same time, the board of directors carefully considered this project and believes that this transition will result in higher and more predictable shareholder returns in a structural growth market,” he adds.
The initial vessel will be built by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Inc. for delivery that is scheduled in 2023. This WTIV is an NG-16000X design GustoMSC and includes a 1500 leg encircling crane (LEC) from Huisman Equipment B.V.
The total project cost is expected to be approximately $265-$290 million, subject to final design modifications. The contract is expected to be signed early in Q4 and will include options to construct up to an additional three units having similar specifications.
This WTIV will have the capacity to install onto pre-prepared foundations the largest wind turbines currently designed, at a height of over 185 meters above sea level and in water depth in excess of 65 meters. The vessel incorporates various features and green innovations that significantly improve the operating window and efficiency for customers.
Offshore wind is a proven technology and represents a significant opportunity for the world to respond to the challenge of emissions reduction. It is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of over 15% for the next decade. There is a growing shortage of vessels that can install and maintain next-generation turbines core to this growth.
Photo: Scorpio Bulkers’ landing page