Semco and Vineyard Wind Partner to Establish U.S. Offshore Wind Hub

Semco Maritime has partnered with developer Vineyard Wind for offshore wind energy projects in the United States, including the company’s Commonwealth Wind proposal.

Under the terms of the agreement, Semco Maritime will establish a service and maintenance center in New Bedford and hire up to 40 people over the coming years. The deal is conditional on Commonwealth Wind being selected by the state in the latest round of offshore wind energy tenders.

Vineyard Wind also announced that Semco has been selected as the preferred supplier for foundation and electrical service deck maintenance for the company’s Vineyard Wind 1 project, which recently became the first offshore wind project in the United States to achieve financial closure.

The partnership gives Semco Maritime the opportunity to work with other projects and developers. If the company succeeds in working with other parties, the number of potential jobs can increase further.

“This partnership marks an important milestone for us and makes Semco Maritime the first complete offshore wind maintenance provider in the United States,” said Steen Brødbæk, CEO of Semco Maritime.

Commonwealth Wind is a new 1.2 GW offshore wind project submitted to Massachusetts’ third offshore wind competitive solicitation. If awarded, the project will be developed in an area 35.4 south of Martha’s Vineyard.

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