Bernhard Schulte Offshore (BSO) and MidOcean Wind (MOW) have entered into a joint venture agreement to build and operate support vessels for the US offshore wind industry and to explore opportunities in other parts of the US merchant shipping sector
The agreement signals a new chapter of co-operation between BSO and MOW, which began in late 2018 when the two parties partnered in WINDEA Offshore US to provide a single point of contact for offshore wind customers in the US.
MOW co-founder and principal Volckert van Reesema said “We have been following the success of the Schulte Group for some time now and recognise that they share the same business values and focus on long-term partnerships. Their experience in operating offshore wind vessels is needed to support this upcoming new industry in the US.”
BSO managing director Matthias Müller said, “Schulte Group has a track record of more than 550 newbuilding projects around the globe and MidOcean is a specialist at building vessels of various types under the local regulations in US shipyards. We are the ideal partners to support the US offshore wind industry with specialised units.”
MOW vice president Bradley Neuberth said, “Windfarm owners and turbine manufacturers will be able to reduce risk by working with our team.
“MidOcean will ensure the vessels will be Jones Act-compliant and delivered as agreed. Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement as the operator of the ships will bring its experience of the European offshore wind market to the US market. We have been working closely with the Schulte Group for more than a year and the time is right to formalise our partnership on offshore wind vessels.”