Van Oord and NYK to jointly own and operate offshore wind installation vessels in Japan

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Van Oord and Japanese shipping company NYK (Nippon Yusen Kaisha) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly own and operate vessels for the transport and installation of foundations and turbines for offshore wind farms under the Japanese flag. The two companies will also explore opportunities to collaborate on other types of vessels required for the construction and operation of offshore wind farms.

The collaboration is a response to challenges faced by the growing offshore wind market in Japan, especially following a new law which came into force in April 2019 and aims to facilitate the development of offshore wind projects in Japan. These challenges include the lack of resources such as experienced workforce and specialised equipment required for the installation of the large foundations and turbines.

The NYK Group manages and operates more than 700 vessels, both internationally and locally. The group has ample experience in reflagging vessels to and operating vessels under the Japanese flag. This is a requirement for offshore wind contractors when working in Japanese territorial waters.

By joining Van Oord’s technical and operational expertise in offshore wind and NYK Group’s knowledge of the Japanese market, both companies are replying to these challenges.

For the crew transfer vessel business, NYK is partnering with Swedish Northern Offshore Group AB (NOG),