BOURBON and IWS form strategic partnership for France

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 16/06/2022 BOURBON
BOURBON and IWS Fleet AS, the vessel owning company of Integrated Wind Solutions ASA (IWS), have formed a strategic partnership to market and operate the IWS’s “Skywalker class” wind farm specialised support walk-to-work vessels in France. The ship management will be performed by the French affiliate Bourbon Offshore Surf.

IWS currently has four vessels under construction, the two first IWS vessels will be delivered in Q2/Q3 2023 and the remaining two in the first half of 2024. The company holds options for ordering two additional “Skywalker class” vessels.

The “Skywalker class” Commissioning Service Operation Vessel (“CSOV”) DP2 walk-to-work vessel with a length of 90m has a total capacity of 120 personnel on board. Equipped with 3D compensated gangway and crane, it is also fitted with battery hybrid propulsion to reduce its CO2 emissions and to operate zero emission in periods.

With this partnership, BOURBON aims to offer a range of services dedicated to the maintenance of offshore wind farms. BOURBON would also be able to provide ROV, subsea engineering and survey services for below water services while IWS through its subsidiary ProCon Wind Energy A/S can provide relevant services related to above water line services, balance of plant including services and transition piece and offshore substations.

Rodolphe Bouchet, CEO of Bourbon Marine & Logistics, said: “BOURBON is proud to join forces with IWS, a key player in the offshore wind industry. This partnership will enable our two companies to offer full, adapted, and innovative services in the French wind market. In this sense, IWS was a natural choice as our expertise is complementary. This agreement also confirms BOURBON's commitment to contribute to the growth of the renewable energy industry.”

"We are excited to partner up with one of the most experienced offshore vessel companies for the French market. Bourbon’s extensive experience with the installation of floating wind as well as having local presence in France will benefit wind farm developers, operators and owners to get high-quality vessels operated by French seafarers.”
said Lars-Henrik Q. Røren, CEO of Integrated Wind Solutions ASA.