SEACOR Marine says it has invested in Windcat Workboats Holdings Ltd., a European operator of wind farm utility vessels.
U.S.-based SEACOR Marine, a subsidiary of SEACOR Holdings Inc., operates a fleet of offshore marine support vessels serving the global offshore oil and gas exploration and production industry worldwide, with operations and infrastructure concentrated in the U.S., Latin America, North Sea, West Africa, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
Based in Holland and the U.K., Windcat operates in the main offshore wind markets in Europe. According to SEACOR, the new venture will allow Windcat to expand its presence in markets outside of Europe.
Windcat presently owns and operates a fleet of 30 wind farm vessels, including the first HSC classed 45-passenger wind farm vessel, Windcat 101. Windcat will make use of SEACOR Marine's experience and its diverse fleet of vessels to provide a complete package for offshore maintenance and construction of current wind farm projects, including in preparation for new wind farm developments under the U.K. government's Round 3 Initiative, the companies explain.