Atlantic Wind Transfers (AWT), the Rhode Island-based owner and operator of crew transfer vessels (CTVs) for the offshore wind industry, has engaged DNV for the company’s integrated management system certification
AWT, the first US offshore windfarm support company to provide crew and cargo transfer services for offshore installations and long-term operations and maintenance, is pursuing international safety management systems (SMS) certification and ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 45001 certification under DNV’s Fit for Purpose programme.
AWT president Charles A Donadio Jr said, "With the US offshore wind sector set to expand, AWT plans to be at the forefront of providing crew transfer services on the US east coast. The company is looking to grow its fleet of CTVs five-fold over the next five years from its two-vessel fleet currently in operation and expand its business to the west coast.
Mr Donadio sees the management system certification as an integral part of the company’s growth plan. He said, “Looking ahead to the future of US offshore wind, safety will be of utmost importance. Understanding the evolution of offshore wind in Europe and what the expectations are of European developers, we are readying ourselves to be on par with the European standard.”
While there is no current SMS certification requirement locally, AWT is seeking to lay a foundation for future growth.
DNV Maritime Americas’ executive vice president and regional manager Antony DSouza said, “Having a strong safety management system and optimising its effectiveness is business critical, and our involvement in certifying those audit processes will result in continuous improvement and have a positive impact on AWT’s operation.”
“It is a privilege for us to work with AWT in certifying their SMS and ISO systems. The US offshore wind industry is positioned to take off in a big way, and as one of the leading operators in the space, their pursuit of voluntary certification is likely to set an industry standard.”
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