Integrated Wind Solutions (IWS) has struck a cooperation deal with Norwegian shipowner Havfram for offshore wind farm work.
Awilco-backed IWS said its IWS Fleet and IWS Fleet Management units have entered into a “strategic” alliance to provide technical management for Havfram Wind’s two wind turbine installation vessels (WTIVs) scheduled for delivery in 2025.
These advanced ships are designed to install turbines exceeding 300 metres in tip height and to handle foundations weighing up to 3,000 tonnes in water depths of up to 70 metres.
IWS and Havfram Wind will take joint ownership of Havfram Fleet Management (HFM) to operate the vessels.
“Both parties will share their technical expertise into HFM and great synergies are expected from the operation of a range of vessels across the offshore wind value chain,” the companies said.
IWS Fleet Management continues to provide technical management services to two LNG carriers.
Christopher Andersen Heidenreich, chief operating officer of IWS, said: “With this collaboration, along with our existing fleet, we are very motivated to deliver high-quality and efficient operations across the renewable energy landscape.”
Even Larsen, chief executive of Havfram Wind, said: “High-quality technical management is essential when commencing operations of our fleet of WTIVs.
“IWS has a long history and a proven track record within ship management of advanced assets and is the perfect fit for Havfram Wind.”
IWS’ six commissioning service operation vessels are due this year and in 2024 and 2025.
There are also options for two more units.
This week, Havfram signed an export credit agency-backed term loan to fund its own newbuildings at CIMC Raffles in China.
The company told TradeWinds it was not revealing the sum involved.
The banking syndicate was led by DNB, with SpareBank 1 SR-Bank, Credit Agricole, Sparebanken Vest and Rabobank as lead arrangers.