Royal Volker Wessels Stevin N.V. (VolkerWessels) and Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) have combined their forces in the field of offshore cable installation by establishing a 50/50 joint venture. The joint venture creates a strong party combining know-how and equipment allowing it to respond effectively to growth in the market for offshore cable installation projects, particularly in relation to offshore wind farms.
VolkerWessels and Boskalis each hold a 50% stake in the joint venture Visser & Smit Marine Contracting Holding B.V. (VSMC) through VWS Civil and Offshore Constructions B.V and Boskalis Offshore Subsea Contracting B.V. respectively. VSMC will have two cable-laying vessels at its disposal, the Stemat Spirit and Ndurance. The Ndurance is expected to be delivered at the end of this year. Both vessels are fitted with DP class 2 equipment with a cable turntable capacity of around 5,000 tonnes.
VolkerWessels and Boskalis see great potential in the collaboration, given the market developments, VSMC's strong market position and the resulting strength by combining knowledge and equipment. VolkerWessels and Boskalis have already been working successfully together for some years on a project basis, for example on the installation of power cables for sizeable offshore wind farms such as Nordsee Ost and Meerwind in Germany and Westermost Rough and Humber Gateway in the United Kingdom.