Eneti Inc., formerly Scorpio Bulkers, has entered into a binding agreement with South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) for the construction of one wind turbine installation vessel (WTIV).
The contract price is USD 330 million and the vessel will be delivered in the third quarter of 2024.
In addition, Eneti holds an option to construct an additional vessel at the same price, net of currency adjustments.
The WTIV is an NG-16000X design by GustoMSC, a subsidiary of National Oilwell Varco, and includes a 2,600 Ton Leg Encircling Crane from Huisman Equipment B.V. of the Netherlands.
The vessel is capable of installing up to 20 MW turbines at depths of up to 65 metres of water, and it can be adapted to operate on the alternate fuels of liquefied natural gas (LNG) or ammonia, Eneti said.
Eneti is turning its focus from the dry bulk shipping sector to offshore wind. Last year, the NYSE-listed company announced it would sell its remaining dry bulk vessels and exit the sector during 2021 as it shifts its focus to owning and operating offshore wind installation vessels.
”Since last August, we have been unequivocal about our intention to enter the Wind Turbine Installation sector,” Emanuele A Lauro, Eneti’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said.
”This contract with Daewoo is a milestone for the Company, as it reflects months of customer engagement and collaboration with partners, both old and new. This Vessel will have the advanced lifting capabilities and energy efficiency that offshore wind developers require, not just today but well into the next decade.”