In the summer of 2020, the Awilco group established the company Integrated Wind Solutions, which will take over the market for service and maintenance of offshore wind farms.

“The need for renewable energy has never been greater, and will increase sharply in the time ahead. We see tremendous potential in offshore wind, and our aim is to be a competent, relevant and important provider of shipping and services,” says Lars-Henrik Røren, CEO of Integrated Wind Solutions.

The need for renewable energy has never been greater, and will increase sharply in the time ahead. We see tremendous potential in offshore wind.

Lars-Henrik Røren, CEO of Integrated Wind Solutions

In order to make this a reality, they are now in the process of building up a fleet of specialized vessels that will transport personnel and material to and from offshore wind farms. So far, the company has ordered two large specialized vessels scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2023, with an option for four more. The ships have a total capacity of 120 people who will live on board while working on the wind turbines.

“In the EU alone, the authorities have ambitions to develop 300 gigawatts offshore by 2050. This means that we will not only see more, but also far larger wind turbines. This scenario calls for larger and more technical vessels that can deliver efficiently, with lower costs and with good operational capacity. This is where Integrated Wind Solutions comes in,” Røren explains.

Net zero target

The new vessels are designed as plug-in hybrids, but can also be partially operated fully electrically on some sailings. Once offshore charging infrastructure is in place, the goal is to switch to 100 percent electric operation.

“Zero-emission and environmentally friendly solutions will increasingly become a requirement in tender processes, and we are well equipped to meet these requirements from the start. This is where Integrated Wind Solutions will have a competitive advantage compared to retrofitted offshore vessels,” says Røren.

The new ships are also equipped to be able to run on both hydrogen and ammonia instead of diesel.

Having the world's largest wind farm on the customer list is an important step for us on the way to becoming a full-service provider of offshore wind services.

Lars-Henrik Røren, CEO of Integrated Wind Solutions

Landed a contract with the world’s largest offshore wind farm

Integrated Wind Solutions has already registered interest from several major players looking to secure transport services. The first ships will be delivered in the first half of 2023, and already have work on order. On 28 April 2021, it was announced that Integrated Wind Solutions will provide services to the world’s largest offshore wind farm.

“We are pleased to have signed an agreement with Dogger Bank, which will charter one of our new vessels. Having the world’s largest wind farm on the customer list is an important step for us on the way to becoming a full-service provider of offshore wind services,” Røren concludes.