Fred. Olsen and Falcon Global joint venture

by Matthew White in Vessels Windfarms 03/04/2018 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier

Fred. Olsen WindcarrierFalcon Global LLC (Falcon Global) and Fred. Olsen Windcarrier AS have announced that they have reached a cooperation agreement whereby each party will contribute vessels and marine/installation crews to the market and operate a full spread of offshore wind installation and feeder vessels for the US offshore wind market.

The Falcon Global fleet, consists of one of the largest existing US-flag and Jones-Act compliant lift boats in the U.S. The combination of Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s fleet of wind turbine installation vessels and the Flacon Global fleet will create a marine spread capable of installing the largest turbines in the market. The Falcon Global vessels will form a feeder-solution of up to 4 vessels depending on installation parameters.

The vessel spread will aim to create shorter installation periods, reduced costs and feeding renewable energy onto the grid sooner than alternative installation methods. In addition, the vessel spread will enable access to the existing ports and infrastructure.  

Falcon Global vessels and Fred. Olsen Windcarrier successfully installed the five turbine
Block Island project in 2016, the first offshore wind farm in the US. Currently, several offshore wind farms are planned along the US North East Coast in 13 leased areas, as reported by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management in Washington, D.C. (BOEM).

John Gellert, President and CEO of SEACOR Marine Holdings Inc. commented: “We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Fred. Olsen, which will allow us to offer highly efficient and cost effective services to our wind customers, building on the successful operation our vessels had with Fred. Olsen during the Block Island campaign. We look forward to working with Fred. Olsen in delivering safe, reliable and efficient solutions to our wind customers in the US, and Europe. This agreement is not only the first significant announcement for our investment in Falcon Global, but also a major milestone for SEACOR, as we continue to implement our strategy of diversifying our customer base outside of oil and gas markets, and expanding in windfarm services where we already have a substantial presence with Windcat Workboats.”

Ketil Arvesen, Vice President of Fred.Olsen Ocean, added “The two companies combine the best of US marine expertise and Jones-Act compliant liftboats with European offshore wind know-how and class leading jack-up vessels for the upcoming US offshore wind farms. This unique combination of available assets and experience in an exclusive agreement will enable installation of multi megawatt offshore turbines in the US, bringing business case certainty to the developers. We are proud to team up with Falcon Global and SEACOR in an exclusive agreement to make this happen.


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