USA-based Vineyard Wind has partnered with Semco Maritime with the aim of creating an offshore wind service and maintenance hub in New Bedford.

Vineyard Wind is a joint venture between Avangrid Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), while Semco Maritime is a leading international service provider for offshore wind energy projects. The deal is part of the Vineyard Wind’s Commonwealth Wind proposal, which was submitted to Massachusetts’ third competitive offshore wind solicitation.

If awarded, Commonwealth Wind will be developed in an area 22 miles (35.4 km) south of Martha’s Vineyard that was designated by the federal government in 2015 following a multi-year stakeholder process.

The partnership agreement is contingent on Commonwealth Wind being selected by the state in the most recent round of solicitation for offshore wind energy.

Vineyard Wind also announced that Semco has been selected as the preferred supplier for maintenance of the foundations and electric service platform (ESP) for the company’s Vineyard Wind 1 project, which recently became the first offshore wind project in the USA to achieve financial close.