(NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., and WARREN, R.I.) — American Offshore Services (AOS) has placed an order for four hybrid-ready crew transfer vessels (CTVs), the first of their kind in the United States, from Blount Boats.
The Rhode Island-based shipbuilder will deliver the vessels in 2023-2024. All four CTVs will immediately go to work servicing America’s burgeoning offshore wind farm projects.
“We are excited to build this next generation of CTVs for AOS,” said Marcia Blount, Blount Boats president. “A hybrid-ready CTV is a fitting addition to the new and growing offshore wind industry in the United States, and we are proud to be a part of it in such a vital way.”
The new generation of CTV will be called the G class. The vessels will be 99 feet long and based on a Northern Offshore Services (NOS) design, with a new high efficiency design and maximized performance.
AOS also announced that it has secured its first contracts with clients in the United States. Starting in the second quarter of 2023, AOS will provide CTVs and equipment to four wind farms on the East Coast during the construction phase.
“The hard work we all have put in together has resulted in our first won contracts,” said David Kristensson, owner of NOS. “The first contract in a new market is always something special and I cannot wait for what happens tomorrow and the day after that.”
AOS was founded in 2020 when NOS and SEA. O.G. Offshore entered a joint venture. The companies combined their skill sets, with NOS being a recognized crew transfer vessel operator in Europe and SEA. O.G. being a successful offshore services provider in the U.S.
– American Offshore Services