Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and Falcon Global Join Forces on U.S. Offshore Wind Installation

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One of five jacket foundations now installed at Deepwater Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm, the first offshore wind farm in the United States Credit: Deepwater Wind 

Falcon Global, a subsidiary of U.S.-based SEACOR Marine Holdings, and Fred. Olsen Windcarrier have announced they have reached a cooperation agreement to offer a “full spread” of offshore wind installation and feeder vessels for the United States offshore wind market.

The Falcon Global fleet consists of one of the largest existing U.S.-flag and Jones Act compliant lift boats in the United States.

“The combination of Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s fleet of highly sophisticated 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 four vessels depending on installation parameters,” the companies said in a statement.

The agreement aims to shorten the installation period and reduce costs associated with the budding domestic offshore renewable energy market. The vessel spread will also enable access to the existing ports and other infrastructure.

Falcon Global vessels and Fred. Olsen Windcarrier installed the five-turbine Block Island project in 2016, the first offshore wind farm in U.S. waters. The project was installed in 18 days and with zero safety incidents.

Currently, several offshore windfarms are planned along the U.S. North East Coast in 13 leased areas, according to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) 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.”

“This agreement is not only the first significant announcement for our investment in Falcon Global, but also a major milestone for SEACOR Marine, 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 in Europe,” Gellert added.

Ketil Arvesen, Vice President of Fred.Olsen Ocean, said: “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 Marine in an exclusive agreement to make this happen.”