Fincantieri Marine Group’s US company Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding (FBS) has agreed a contract with Crest Wind, a joint venture between Crowley and ESVAGT, to design and build a 88m (288ft) Service Operation Vessel (SOV) to the HAV 832 design.
FBS will work with Crowley’s on-site construction management group to complete the building of the Jones Act-compliant vessel to service offshore wind operations in the US at its shipyard in Sturgeon Bay. The vessel, due to go into service in 2026, will serve the Dominion Energy wind farm off the coast of Virginia under long-term charter to Siemens Gamesa.
Marco Galbiati, CEO Fincantieri Marine Group said: “We are proud to be associated with important ‘green’ projects like this. The SOV market is one of the most interesting and important markets for our company.”
Bob Karl, SVP and GM Crowley Wind Services added: “The SOV for Crest Wind will bring the latest innovations and performance capabilities to support the emerging clean energy sector in the US — combining ESVAGT European designs and operating practices with Crowley’s safety and operational expertise of the premier US vessel operator.”
FBS is currently building several LNG bunkering barges, including for Crowley, in addition to supporting the government work of sister-yard, Fincantieri Marinette Marine, where the Navy’s new Constellation-class frigates are under construction.
FBS VP Craig Perciavalle said: “We are excited to partner with Crest in the construction of this SOV. The incredible shipbuilding professionals here at FBS are eager to successfully execute this important strategic program and to continue to solidify our position as a premier shipbuilding supplier in the offshore wind market.”
Kristian O Jakobsen, Deputy CEO ESVAGT said: “The partnership between Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and CREST has been developing for some time, and it has been a great pleasure to cooperate with such dedicated and accommodating professionals from FBS, and we look forward to continue the journey together within the green energy transformation in the US.”