Fincantieri to build a Service Operation Vessel supporting U.S. wind farms
Fincantieri, through its U.S. subsidiary Fincantieri Marine Group, has signed a contract with CREST Wind, a joint venture between Crowley and ESVAGT, to design and build a Service Operation Vessel (SOV).
The 88-meter ship will be built at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and will go into service in 2026. The vessel will service the Dominion Energy Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project in the U.S. under a long-term charter.
SOVs are purpose-built vessels used to transport technicians to service and monitor operation of wind turbines at sea. Crowley is one of the major companies supporting the U.S. offshore wind market while ESVAGT is the leading provider of SOV service in Europe.
Pierroberto Folgiero, CEO of Fincantieri, stated: “This order places Fincantieri confirms as a prime mover in the sector of offshore wind support vessels, which will attract huge investments in the coming years. As stated in our business plan, the push for decarbonization will further strengthen our industrial competitive positioning and distinctiveness of our business model. At the same time, it will stem synergies across the whole core business to enhance the competences of our Group”.