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NYK partners Fugro to grow offshore wind business in Japan

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Japan’s NYK Line has inked a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the subsidiaries of Netherlands’ Fugro to develop offshore wind power projects off Japan.

NYK will partner with Fugro Singapore Marine and Fugro Japan Co to study the operation of an offshore geotechnical investigation vessel and provide a geotechnical service to develop offshore wind power projects.

Before constructing an offshore wind power plant, it is necessary to collect geological data in the sea area when considering the basic design of the wind turbines and the layout of the power plant. An offshore geotechnical investigation vessel can conduct a submarine ground survey by performing cone penetration tests, which play a vital role in collecting data to characterise seafloor and sub-seafloor ground conditions.

“In response to the rapidly increasing demand for undersea ground surveys, a shortage of offshore geotechnical investigation vessels has become apparent in Japan, so NYK has decided to cooperate with Fugro to address this issue,” NYK stated.

NYK and Fugro are considering joint operation of the offshore geotechnical investigation vessel and discussing the possibility of collaborating in the domestic expansion of geotechnical services.

Separately, NYK is also currently studying the feasibility of venturing into offshore wind related businesses such as offshore wind installation vessel and crew transfer vessel in order to support the supply chain for offshore wind power in Japan.

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