US-based Crowley and Danish shipping company Esvagt have announced plans to provide purpose-built Jones Act service operation vessels (SOVs) to the US market
The companies have formed a joint venture that will see Crowley own and operate the vessels, in order to comply with the requirements of the Jones Act. The companies will work together to develop and deliver US-flag SOVs.
Earlier this year, Crowley formed a New Energy division focused on services supporting emerging energy sectors in the US.
Crowley chairman and chief executive Tom Crowley said, “This partnership will marry Crowley’s transferable engineering, vessel operations, project management and logistics experience in the US with Esvagt’s SOV design and operation capability.
“Our organisations share cultures that are based around the core values of safety, integrity and high performance. We look forward to a long and successful partnership in support of North America’s new energy solutions.”
Esvagt pioneered the SOV concept in Europe more than a decade ago and is the leading provider of SOV services to the European offshore wind market. The company’s chief executive Peter Lytzen said, “Esvagt looks forward to further cementing its position as an offshore wind market leader by entering the US offshore wind market with Crowley.
“Our experience in Europe will help deliver a seamless operation in the US. We also appreciate the opportunity to invest in the construction of SOVs, in compliance with the Jones Act.”
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