Wind from the vineyarda joint venture between Avangrid Renewablesa subsidiary of AVANGRID Inc. and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), signed a charter for a Crew Transfer Vessel (CTV) with Patriot Offshore Marine Servicesa Massachusetts-based company.
Patriot will build the CTV at Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding in Somerset, Mass. Gladding-Hearn is an established shipyard with over 65 years of experience building high-speed aluminum watercraft. The 27-meter CTV will be based on a catamaran design by Incat Crowther. It will be able to transport up to 24 technicians and personnel. Vineyard’s selection of the Patriot and Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding team will maximize the local content benefits of the Vineyard Wind project for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
“We are thrilled 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 play a vital role in the construction, operation and maintenance of our project, but will also help launch a new industry that will create jobs and reduce carbon pollution.”
Upon delivery in mid-2023, the CTV will be deployed directly into construction, carrying essential personnel and equipment in support of the project. Vineyard also has the option of chartering additional CTVs from Patriot as part of its marine logistics strategy. In addition to the Patriot vessel, Vineyard Wind has also signed a contract with American Offshore Services for a second CTV to be built by Blount Boats in Rhode Island. US-flagged CTVs will be fully Jones Act compliant; it will be equipped and operated by local maritime union labor during the construction phase of the project.
“We are honored that Vineyard has chosen Patriot to supply this CTV for its first commercial offshore wind project in the United States,” said Michael Landry, president of Patriot. “We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship.”
“The development of offshore wind in the United States creates jobs and new business opportunities for maritime companies like Patriot, and we are proud to work with the local workforce to build the nationally leading Vineyard Wind project. commented Bill White, President and CEO. of the offshore unit of Avangrid Renewables. “Relying on qualified and experienced marine services in Massachusetts is a win-win situation for our project and local workers, and represents another important step in this growing American industry.
The vessel will initially come from New Bedford and other Massachusetts ports during the construction of Vineyard Wind 1, then will be based in Vineyard Haven during the operations and management phase of the project.
Vineyard Wind 1 will begin delivering clean energy to Massachusetts in 2023.