Vineyard Wind charters crew transfer vessels from local firms

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 09/05/2022 Vineyard Wind

Vineyard Wind, a joint venture between Avangrid Renewables, a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc, and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), has signed a charter agreement for a Crew Transfer Vessel (CTV) with Patriot Offshore Maritime Services.

Patriot will construct the CTV at Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding in Somerset, Massachusetts. The 27-metre CTV will be based on a catamaran design by Incat Crowther and will be capable of carrying up to 24 technicians and personnel.

“We are excited to have a Massachusetts company like Patriot on the Vineyard team and proud to support local jobs in Massachusetts through the employment of local maritime labor,”
said Klaus Skoust Moeller, CEO of Vineyard Wind. “These vessels will not only serve a critical role in both construction and operation and maintenance for our project but will also help to launch a new industry that will create jobs and reduce carbon pollution.”

Upon delivery during mid–2023, the CTV will be deployed directly into construction, transporting essential personnel and equipment in support of the project.  Vineyard also has the option to charter additional CTVs from Patriot as part of their marine logistic strategy.  

In addition to the Patriot vessel, Vineyard Wind has also signed a contract with American Offshore Services for a second CTV that will be built by Blount Boats in Rhode Island. The US flagged CTVs will be fully Jones Act compliant and will be manned and operated by locally sourced maritime union labor during the construction phase of the project.

“We are honored that Vineyard selected Patriot to provide this CTV for its first US commercial offshore wind project,”
said Michael Landry, President of Patriot.  “We are looking forward to a long and fruitful relationship.”

“The development of offshore wind in the U.S. is creating jobs and new business opportunities for maritime companies like Patriot, and we’re proud to work with local labor to build the nation-leading Vineyard Wind project,”
said Bill White, President & CEO of Avangrid Renewables, Offshore. “Drawing from skilled and experienced maritime services in Massachusetts is a win-win for our project and local workers, and represents another important step in this growing American industry.”

The vessel will initially hail from New Bedford and other Massachusetts ports during construction of
Vineyard Wind 1 and then be based in Vineyard Haven during the project’s Operation & Management phase.    

Vineyard Wind 1 is an 800 MW project located 15 miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard and will be the first commercial scale offshore wind project in the United States. The project is expected generate electricity for more than 400,000 homes and businesses in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

It will feature 62 of GE renewable Energy's 13 MW Haliade-X turbines. Power will come ashore via and offshore substation and export cables making landfall at Covell's Beach for integration into national grid using an onshore substation.

The developers reached
financial close for the project back in September. Offshore work is expected to start in 2022, with the first power slated for 2023.

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