Two Seafarers-contracted companies recently announced a joint venture into a potentially burgeoning segment of the maritime industry.
“Crowley and Watco are partnering to create a single-source terminal and supply chain management solution to support the emerging offshore wind industry,” the companies said in a joint news release early last month. “With the growing number of wind projects planned for U.S. waters, the partnership brings together industry-leading project management and logistics experts who can provide a one-stop-shop for owners, operators, and local port authorities in support of the offshore wind industry.”
SIU Vice President Contracts George Tricker stated, “Particularly in light of recent federal verification of the Jones Act applying to offshore wind farms, this announcement bodes well for the rank-and- file membership. The potential is intriguing.”
“This partnership will provide turnkey services for the offshore wind industry in the area of terminal management,” said Lynda Patterson, senior vice president of logistics for Watco. “Crowley and Watco will work together to leverage our respective expertise in logistics, project management, and energy support to create innovative solutions to meet full lifecycle project needs.”
The companies said they will collaborate to provide customized terminal design, project management, warehousing, logistics, supply chain management and equipment maintenance “through their commercial expertise and curated supply chain networks.”
Crowley will provide its offshore logistics offerings through the utilization of its Jones Act-compliant fleet of vessels, engineering services and crossover expertise in oil and gas. This includes the design and operation of service operation vessels (SOVs), crew transfer vessels (CTVs), turbine maintenance, offshore substation repair and maintenance, and additional services necessary to sustain offshore wind energy operations.
“Crowley and Watco are partnering to deliver safe, reliable, comprehensive lifecycle services for the offshore wind sector,” said Jeff Andreini, vice president, new energy division, Crowley. “We understand that wind power companies entering the U.S. market have big needs, including infrastructure and supply chain. We’ve engineered high performing equipment and logistics offerings to answer their needs, anchored by decades of experience to solve the challenges of both.”