Maersk and Vestas announce renewable innovation partnership

MHI Vestas are seeing expansion.
MHI Vestas are seeing expansion.

Maersk Supply Service and wind systems firm Vestas has today announced an innovation partnership aimed at solving renewable industry problems.

According to Maersk and Vestas, the partnership aims to “address the industry’s future challenges” within installation and logistics to decrease costs.

The partnership will first focus on creating installation solutions for onshore and offshore wind turbines with the aim of reducing costs across the sector.

A new concept, called Vertical Installer, involves a crane that will enable the use of lower cost assets in the logistics value chain.

The project is being developed in cooperation with MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, and has received £5 million in funding for the next three years from the Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Programme (EUDP) via the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate.

Bo Svoldgaard, senior vice president for innovation and concepts at Vestas, said: “The partnership with Maersk Supply Service will significantly improve and expand Vestas’ existing market-leading capabilities for advanced installation and logistics solutions. We have a strong strategic fit, and the new Vertical Installer crane underlines how the partnership will support our goal to improve our efficiency in an area that will grow in importance as turbine components get bigger and infrastructure become more complex.”

Steen S. Karstensen, CEO of Maersk Supply Service, added: “This is an exciting step for Maersk Supply Service and a great example of how our marine knowledge and versatile fleet can be leveraged in new industries. Our partnership with Vestas and the development of Vertical Installer demonstrates that we are taking action to overcome industry challenges and ensure that the energy needs of the next generation are met.”