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K Line Wind Service and Penta-Ocean Construction have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on vessel management in the future

“K” Line Wind Service, Ltd. (KWS), a joint venture between Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” LINE) and Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen Kaisha, Ltd., have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with PENTA -OCEAN CONSTRUCTION CO., LTD. (POC), regarding future collaboration on ship management, etc., in the areas of offshore wind construction and maintenance.

In Japan, offshore wind should increase its supply capacity as a major source of renewable energy to commit to carbon neutrality by 2050. In this context, the whole country is witnessing a rise in power of offshore wind construction.

POC currently intends to own three offshore installation vessels in total: (1) Japan’s first offshore installation vessel equipped with a large crane, “CP-8001” (lifting capacity 800t, in service since 2019), (2) the offshore installation vessel “CP -16001” (lifting capacity 1,600 t, commissioning scheduled for March 2023), currently under joint construction with Kajima Corporation and Yorigami Maritime Construction Co. , Ltd., and (3) another offshore installation vessel “Sea Challenger” (within range of 1,600 t lifting capacity, scheduled for commissioning in spring 2025), to be owned by Japan Offshore Marine Co. ., Ltd (hereafter, JOM) JOM is a joint venture between POC and a Belgian company DEME Offshore Ltd. In the coming years, we plan to expand our fleet varieties for cable laying vessels and others to the extent necessary, in order to further enhance our competitive co offshore wind construction.

Credits: K Line

KWS was established in June 2021 as a joint venture between Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. and Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. to contribute to the field of offshore wind turbine construction and maintenance work, drawing on the proven track record of the Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Group. in offshore vessel operations and offshore support vessel services in Japan and overseas. Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen Kaisha and POC have established a cooperative relationship through the construction and operation of the offshore support vessel “KAIKO” (6,000 hp, operational since 2021) for POC’s “CP-8001”.

POC is a leader in marine civil engineering and offshore wind construction, and KWS has extensive expertise and know-how in operating various types of carriers and offshore support vessels domestically and internationally. abroad, as a member company of the Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha group. Both companies will draw on their expertise in each respective field and extensive management resources to collaborate in the management (operation, maintenance and crew) of vessels used in offshore wind construction and maintenance work.

POC will sub-contract to KWS: (1) the re-flagging of foreign-flagged offshore installation vessels that will belong to the subsidiary, JOM, on the Japanese registry, and (2) the subsequent management of the operation of the vessels, maintenance and crew work. POC will also use offshore support vessels owned by KWS. In addition, the two companies will cooperatively investigate the construction and co-ownership of the Service Operation Vessel (SOV) and others required for Operation and Maintenance (O&M) works after the start of park operation. wind.

Reference: Line K

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