As the U.S. offshore wind industry continues to gain momentum at pace, a large number of Jones Act compliant vessels will be needed to build, service and eventually decommission America’s significant pipeline of to-be-developed offshore wind farms.
The joint venture (JV) between Crowley and ESVAGT brings together two leading maritime solutions providers to help address the current vessel shortage. The partners will design and operate wind-dedicated, U.S.-flag service operation vessels (SOV), used during the operation and maintenance (O&M) phases of wind farm projects, serving as an at-sea base of operations to accommodate and transfer technicians, tools and equipment to and from the individual turbines.
Long-serving U.S. maritime player Crowley will own and operate the vessels crewed by U.S. mariners, while European SOV operator ESVAGT will provide technical advice on the design, construction and operation of these vessels based on past experience with this specific vessel type. Both Crowley and ESVAGT will share in the economics.