WIND, the Dutch subsea cable specialist, has signed a long term cooperation agreement with Waterson Terminals, a large terminal operator located in the state of Rhode Island with operations at ProvPort (RI), the Port of Davisville (RI) and Port of New Bedford (Massachusetts).

Having completed several US cable projects successfully, WIND now plans to establish a new cable storage yard on the east coast region of the USA, similar to what the team has already achieved in Velsen/Eemshaven in the Netherlands and effectively replicated in Taiwan and Korea.

The cable storage yard will be located at ProvPort in Providence, Rhode Island, and is expected to be fully operational by the beginning of Q3-2022.

The US yard will be run with the same flexible service that WIND customers have come to rely on, and US customers can now count on the quality of expertise WIND is known for in Europe, Asia and the rest of the world.

The main cable storage yard will be set up in Providence, with the potential to expand into other WTS facilities as the business grows and more space is required. From Providence, WIND will provide all cable and accessories storage and handling, while the project management will be carried out from WIND’s headquarters in Alkmaar, the Netherlands.

WIND CEO, Tom Nooij, is enthusiastic about taking on a new continent, “We want to bring the experience that we have gained in the European energy market over the last 10+ years to the US, and extend our contribution to the global energy transition, in our own small way. I thank Waterson Terminals and International Longshoreman’s Association (ILA) for their passion, efficiency, and professionalism in getting us to this point and look forward to a lengthy collaboration together.”

For the first US projects this year, WIND’s European cable team will be on site working with an experienced, local labor force from WTS and the ILA. Over time, local labor will be trained in specialty equipment and handling techniques to increase local job creation.

Waterson Terminal Services General Manager, Chris Waterson, stated, “Waterson Terminal Services is thrilled to partner with WIND as we work to provide a high level of port logistics and stevedoring service to the US offshore wind supply chain. WIND has gained valuable experience supporting cable logistics projects in Europe and Asia and combining that expertise with our existing management team and skilled, local ILA workforce will further strengthen our service offering.”