Bernhard Schulte Offshore (BSO) and MidOcean Wind have entered into a joint venture to build and operate support vessels for the US offshore wind industry.
The Connecticut-based joint venture will also explore opportunities in other sectors of US merchant shipping.
The cooperation between the two companies started in late 2018 when they partnered in WINDEA Offshore US to provide a single point of contact for offshore wind customers in the US.
“We have been following the successes of the Schulte Group for some time now and recognise they share the same business values and focus on long-term partnerships. Their experience in the operation of offshore wind vessels is needed to support this upcoming new industry in the US,” said Volckert van Reesema, co-founder and principal of MidOcean Wind.
“The Schulte Group has a track record of more than 550 new-building projects around the globe and MidOcean is a specialist at building vessels of various types under the local regulations in several U.S. shipyards. Since the on-time delivery of a vessel to our charterers is critical, we are the ideal partners to support the U.S. offshore wind industry with specialised units,” Matthias Müller, managing director of BSO.