The two companies are planning to co-develop a vessel that will allow technicians to access wind turbines in higher sea states at a lower cost.
Olsen claims that this is ‘a game-changer’ and the first step on a journey to bring the HiLoad technology to offshore wind. Sea trials will start in Spring 2017.
Fred. Olsen Windcarrier was established in 2008 to service the growing offshore wind sector. The company currently owns and operates two class leading purpose-built jack-up vessels; Bold Tern and Brave Tern, and a fleet of eight modern service vessels for transporting crew and equipment to and from offshore wind farms.
Teekay Offshore Partners Ltd is an international provider of marine transportation, oil production, storage, long-distance towing and offshore installation and maintenance and safety services to the oil industry,
John Andersen, VP Business Development in Fred. Olsen Windcarrier will lead this new initiative and the corresponding team.
He said: “We are very excited to work with Teekay and we see great potential in developing a vessel that fills the gap between crew transfer vessels (CTVs) and service operations vessels (SOVs) in the offshore wind sector.”