Dutch survey contractor Fugro and NYK of Japan have linked up to jointly expand offshore wind geotechnical services in Japan.

The duo will also collaborate on a feasibility study into jointly operating a specialist investigation vessel for renewables projects, under a memorandum of understanding.

Fugro said the strategic partnership would benefit from its technical and operational expertise in offshore wind and NYK’s knowledge of its domestic market.

Japan’s burgeoning offshore wind industry is forecast to increase national demand for geotechnical investigation vessels.

By joining forces, the contractors believe they will be able to meet this demand and contribute to the successful development of offshore wind as a sustainable energy source for the country.

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“This strategic partnership with NYK further demonstrates our geo-data expertise in the renewables sector,” said Jerry Paisley, Fugro’s marine site characterisation director for Asia Pacific.

“Offshore wind developments in Japan are accelerating and this partnership with NYK positions Fugro at the forefront of these developments that support our vision to create a safe and liveable world," he said.