Cape Wind has entered into a contract with Weeks/Manson Joint Venture (WMJV) to serve as the leading contractor for the 468 MW Massachusetts offshore wind farm construction.
WMJV is a joint venture between New Jersey-based Weeks Marine and Washington-based Manson Construction.
WMJV is planning to install Siemens offshore turbines with a fleet of vessels, comprising R.D. MacDonald.
R.D. MacDonald is the first special-purpose offshore wind turbine installation vessel, which was built by Weeks Marine in January 2011. Cape Wind is assigning this vessel to work for the first time.
This vessel is a prime link in the domestic supply chain to the U.S offshore wind industry service, company officials said.
Weeks Marine was committed to serve the U.S. offshore wind industry and is confident enough to invest for building an installation vessel, says, Rick Palmer, vice president, Weeks Marine, project director, WMJV.
Besides, Boston & New England Maritime Trades Council, AFL-CIO is providing skilled labors to WMJV to build the farm.
“This project will combine the best of American maritime suppliers, engineers and constructors with the most experienced European technology providers to ensure America’s first offshore wind farm performs to world-class standards,” said, Jim Gordon, president, Cape Wind.
Massachusetts-based Fall River Electrical is appointed as the subcontractor to WMJV to perform electric outfitting work for the project.