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
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.
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
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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