You will see the construction of a new 288-foot vessel on the Sturgeon Bay waterfront being built over the next couple of years. Dozens of community members and dignitaries were on hand Wednesday morning for the “First Cut” of steel of a new Service Operation Vessel (SOV) being built at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding (FBS). The HAV 832 SOV will be used to transport technicians to service the Dominion Energy wind farm off the coast of Virginia. Vice President and General Manager Jan Allman says the wind farm industry is growing and the project will hopefully be the first of many projects of this type for Bay Ship.
Fincantieri Marine Group contracted for the construction of the vessel with CREST Wind earlier this year as part of a joint venture with Crowley and ESVAGT. Crowley is a U.S. maritime, energy, and logistics solution company that works on the offshore wind market, while ESVAGT is a Denmark-based leader of SOV service in Europe. The barge is scheduled to be completed by the end of next year with the barge sailing out in early 2025.