Jifmar Offshore Services in France and Denmark-based World Marine Offshore have signed an MoU to establish a joint venture (JV) to provide offshore wind services to the French market
The new company will deliver vessels and turnkey services to the market.
This JV will offer crew transfer vessels (CTVs) in the French offshore wind market based on vessels developed by World Marine Offshore that are designed for harsh conditions with transfer capabilities guaranteed in up to 2.0 m Hs and, when possible, 2.5 m Hs.
Although the new company will invest in new CTVs for the French market, it does not intend to focus purely on this type of unit. The company will also offer other types of CTV, service operation vessels (SOVs), walk-to-work vessels, DSVs and DP multicats, making use of owned and managed units from both companies. They will also offer remotely operated vehicle solutions.
The combined portfolio of the companies ranges from subsea cable-related work to turnkey marine logistic solutions.
The JV will also offer commissioning services, shore-based logistics, operation and maintenance solutions as well as marine co-ordination and cable related services.
World Marine Offshore chief executive Lars Christian Zohner said, “We have been focusing on the French market over the last decade. We know exactly how challenging the French offshore windfarms can be from an operational point of view as well as from a weather perspective.
“By teaming up with Jifmar, we will increase the local content and the local knowledge we can provide. Both companies are very similar although operating in two different parts of the industry. In addition to investment capacity and operational excellence, a like-minded approach is very important when forming a JV.”
Jifmar co-founder and chief executive Jean Michel Berud said, “The French market is our home market, and we have invested in a local set up since 2005. Although we recently purchased two CTVs and turned them into DP1 vessels for a long-term governmental contract, we never intended to enter the offshore wind CTV market on our own.
“When the partnership with World Marine Offshore came up, and we saw how different their vessels were, we started believing in the JV’s potential.
“Jifmar is a specialist when it comes to DP Multicats and has the largest fleet of such vessels. We built our reputation on delivering high quality services to clients. In World Marine Offshore we have found a company with the same DNA and the same level of expectations.”