Vessel owner and operator Crowley and training company RelyOn Nutec have signed a memorandum of understanding to enhance the availability of offshore wind safety training in the US
The agreement pairs the well-known Jones Act maritime solutions provider and vessel owner with RelyOn Nutec, a provider of specialised safety training and consultancy for the offshore oil and gas, offshore renewables and industrial sectors.
Together, the companies will develop and administer offshore wind training through the creation of Global Wind Organization (GWO) satellite facilities. The facilities will provide training to certified standards that align with the requirements of the GWO.
RelyOn Nutec Gulf of Mexico managing director Jenni Lewis said, “Crowley is well-known as a leader in maritime operations and logistics and is growing its focus in the US offshore wind industry.
“Combining Crowley’s expertise in offshore operations and supply chain management with RelyOn Nutec’s experience in wind training and management systems, expertise and global presence will ensure that training can be delivered in what is a fast-growing market for offshore wind in the US.
“Working in co-operation with government and higher learning institutions, the training offered by RelyOn Nutec and Crowley will support the safety of mariners and windfarm technicians.
“The partnership will draw on Crowley’s hands-on experience in the energy sector to augment RelyOn Nutec’s GWO training and provide training support for personnel on crew transfer vessels, service operation vessels and installation vessels.”
Crowley New Energy vice president Jeff Andreini said, “This partnership will combine Crowley’s commitment to safety and RelyOn Nutec’s tested safety training and consultancy in the offshore, renewables and industrial sectors. This will enable the growth of a qualified workforce to support the new energy sector.”
Crowley Shipping announced the formation of its New Energy division earlier in 2021. Its New Energy division will concentrate on offshore wind and liquefied natural gas. Crowley said the new division will build on the company’s 53-year history of supporting the offshore oil and gas industry with US-flag vessels, engineering and logistics services.
In March 2021, Crowley and Danish shipping company Esvagt announced plans to provide purpose-built Jones Act service operation vessels (SOVs) to the US market. The companies formed a joint venture that will see Crowley own and operate the vessels, complying with the requirements of the Jones Act. The companies will work together to develop and deliver US-flag SOVs.
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