Crowley and ESVAGT secure charter with Siemens Gamesa at Coastal Virginia

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: Tom Russell 17/01/2023 Crowley

Crowley and ESVAGT announced they will jointly build and operate a service operations vessel (SOV) under a long-term charter with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy.

Under the new contract, U.S.-based Crowley will manage and crew the SOV to support Siemens Gamesa’s service operations on the Dominion Energy  
Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) commercial scale project. ESVAGT, based in Denmark, will support Crowley with design, construction, crew training and operation services as part of the two companies’ joint venture, CREST Wind, created in 2021 to deliver the best of both worlds: combining European designs and operating practices with the safety and operational expertise of the premier U.S. vessel operator.

The vessel will measure 88 metres in length, have a breadth of 17.6 metres and accommodate up to 80 personnel. Consistent with federal law, the vessel will be U.S. built when it enters service in 2026.

“This vessel marks another significant milestone in our overarching, combined capabilities to help develop, construct and serve the U.S. offshore wind market and America’s clean, renewable energy needs,” said Bob Karl, senior vice president and general manager, Crowley Wind Services. “We appreciate Siemens Gamesa’s trust in our capabilities, and we look forward to continuing our work to develop state-of-the-art, purpose-built vessels to meet sustainable energy demands in the U.S.”

“This first contract in the U.S. is a landmark event for ESVAGT in our quest to help drive the green transition as a global leader of SOV services,” said Chief Strategy and Commercial Officer Soren Karas of ESVAGT. “We are excited to bring our decades of offshore wind experience to bear in a new market through our CREST JV with the premier Jones Act operator, Crowley. Together, we can offer an unparalleled solution to the wind industry and are delighted that Siemens Gamesa have recognized this.”  

“This is an important step in the development of a skilled offshore workforce in America,” said David Hickey, CEO, Service Americas for Siemens Gamesa. “This charter will enable us to provide top-tier service for the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project with a U.S.-built vessel.”

CVOW is the largest planned offshore wind farm in the United States, with a capacity of 2,640 MW. It is expected to provide power for 660,000 homes. Situated around 43 kilometers off the coast of Virginia, it is expected to be completed in 2026.
Siemens Gamesa will deliver 176 SG 14-222 DD turbines for the project.

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