Wind Energy – Vineyard
Vineyard Wind today announced that DEME Offshore US will serve as its contractor for the offshore transport and installation of the wind turbine generators for its Vineyard Wind 1 project, the first large scale offshore wind installation in the United States.
DEME Offshore US is teaming up with FOSS MaFos Company LLC, a US maritime service contractor that provides union jobs for its employees.
FOSS will provide the Jones Act compliant feeder vessels, a concept by which the wind turbines will be transported from the port of New Bedford to the specialized DEME Offshore US installation jack-up vessel.
The DEME Offshore US office in Massachusetts will be the base of operations for activities for the Vineyard Wind project.
“We’re very excited to make this announcement today not only because it’s an important step in the development of our first project but also because of the impact it will have on the US workforce,” said Vineyard Wind CEO, Lars T. Pedersen.
“DEME Offshore US is proud to work together with Vineyard Wind on the start of a new era in the US offshore wind market, said Jan Klaassen. “The partnership of DEME Offshore US and FOSS Maritime brings our expertise about offshore wind and US related activities together, which is the cornerstone of a successful solution. Our method is Jones Act compliant, driven by high-tech engineering, patented solutions and special adaptions to both companies’ vessels for this project. The deployment of the US feeder concept by the DEME Offshore US/FOSS Maritime Team will create a great opportunity for US mariners to get familiar with the offshore wind industry.”
In October 2021 Vineyard Wind, already contracted DEME Offshore US as its contractor for the installation of offshore wind turbine foundations for the Vineyard Wind 1 project.