The following is text of a news release from Ostensjo Rederi:
(SEATTLE and HAUGESUND, Norway) — Foss Maritime LLC and Ostensjo Rederi AS have signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a partnership to provide domestic service operation vessels (SOVs) to owners and operators of offshore wind projects in U.S. waters.
The new partnership brings together two companies with unrelenting focus on safe and efficient operations. Both companies have proven history of excellent HSEQ results and longstanding relationships with clients. With state-of-the-art vessel designs and proven solutions to client needs, the combined capabilities of Foss and Ostensjo will provide outstanding services to the offshore wind industry.
“After spending time in Europe engaging with marine service providers, we are very fortunate to have developed this relationship with the experienced team at Ostensjo," said Paul Gallagher, vice president at Foss Maritime. "We look forward to bringing the collective resources of our
two companies together to develop safe and cost-competitive marine solutions for the offshore renewables market in the United States.”
“Ostensjo Rederi has several years of experience operating SOVs servicing offshore wind farms across Europe. In Foss Maritime we believe we have found an ideal partner for adapting these services to the American market. We look forward to expanding our offering to the U.S. market,
and along with Foss, we aim to provide the highest quality service to owners and operators of wind farms in the U.S.," stated CEO Kenneth Walland at Ostensjo Rederi AS.
About Foss Maritime
Foss, based in Seattle, Wash., has more than 130 years’ experience operating vessels in and outside of the U.S. The company currently operates a fleet of more than 200 tugs and barges and has more than 1,400 employees in regional operations across the U.S. In addition to providing domestic and international harbor and marine transportation services, the company has extensive experience building Jones Act-compliant vessels.
About Ostensjo Rederi AS
Ostensjo, based in Haugesund, Norway, has more than 40 years’ experience operating tugs and offshore vessels. The company currently operates a fleet of more than 30 vessels and has more than 500 employees. The company has significant experience in offshore wind, having operated
up to five SOVs at a time in the market. This includes two tailor-made newbuilds, Edda Passat and Edda Mistral, both of which are on long-term contracts to Orsted in the United Kingdom.