Danish offshore wind energy giant Ørsted entered into a partnership with offshore wind support services company WindServe Marine to construct two purpose-built offshore Crew Transfer Vessels (CTVs), the company’s first such contract in the United States.
Crew Transfer Vehicles are used to transport personnel for construction, maintenance, and operation from port to offshore wind farm. The first CTV will be built by US Workboats in Hubert, North Carolina, specifically for use for Ørsted’s Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project, followed by subsequent service on Northeast offshore projects. The second CTV will be built by WindServe Marine’s affiliate shipyard, Senesco Marine, in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, specifically for use for Ørsted’s and Eversource’s Revolution Wind project set to be built off the southern New England coast.
Built to be high-speed and custom designed by BMT Group — a leading international design, engineering, science and risk management consultancy — the two new CTVs will be purpose-built for East Coast sea conditions.
“Choosing WindServe to build our CTVs at Senesco will provide locally built vessels and a local operator for the domestic offshore wind industry,” said Thomas Brostrøm, President and CEO of Ørsted North America. “WindServe Marine’s experience with Jones Act vessel operations and full service shipyard fabrication, coupled with their dedication to the future of green energy, make them a great partner as we expand operations along the East Coast.”
“With over 95 years of experience in the maritime industry, we are committed to offering premier offshore wind support services to the East Coast and look forward to contributing to the future of offshore wind growth,” said Craig Reinauer, President and CEO of the Reinauer Group. “Thanks to Ørsted, this partnership between two global leaders in the offshore wind industry will provide new, sustainable jobs for U.S. workers.”
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