Vineyard Wind, a joint venture between Avangrid Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, also announced today the next construction project at a U.S. shipyard and charter for the crew transfer vessel. Patriot Offshore Maritime Services will construct the CTV at Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding in Somerset, Massachusetts, using a proven catamaran design by Incat Crowther. The 88-foot vessel will transport up to 24 technicians and personnel and when delivered in mid–2023 will be deployed to support the wind farm’s construction. Vineyard also has the option to charter additional CTVs from Patriot as part of their marine logistic strategy.  The vessel will initially operate from New Bedford and other Massachusetts ports during the construction of Vineyard Wind 1 and then be based in Vineyard Haven during the project’s operation and management phase.

The growth of the offshore wind sector is creating business opportunities and to meet their contractual and legal obligations the developers are creating business and jobs in the U.S. maritime sector.