About Us

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier was established at the beginning of 2008 to meet the increasing demand for offshore wind installation ships and related marine service vessels.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, which provides clients with efficient and cost effective transport, installation and service solutions, is owned by Fred. Olsen Ocean Ltd, carrying on a tradition dating from 1848 when the Fred. Olsen family first entered the shipping business.

The company has its offices in Oslo, Norway; Fredericia, Denmark; Lowestoft, UK; Pieta, Malta and Hamburg, Germany.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s management has broad experience, combining knowledge from the expanding offshore wind industry, built on extensive expertise from the offshore oil and gas sector.

The company operates two versatile self-elevating, self-propelled jack-up installation vessels built at the Lamprell shipyard in Dubai in 2012 and 2013, and seven highly efficient, purpose built service boats. In addition, providing extensive project management, engineering and HSE services.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is a subsidiary of Fred. Olsen Ocean Ltd., wholly owned by the Norwegian stock listed company Bonheur ASA. Fred. Olsen Ocean has also invested in other related technology companies, such as Universal Foundation AS, which is exploring an innovative Mono Bucket foundation for offshore wind turbines.


The Fred. Olsen companies first ventured into the wind industry in the 1990’s, when Fred. Olsen Renewables was involved in the early onshore wind farms before also venturing into offshore wind. Today Fred. Olsen Renewables is one of the largest UK onshore wind developers, with projects also in the Irish Sea and Scandinavia.

Passionate about the wind industry, with strong beliefs in a greener energy future, the Fred. Olsen companies committed further to offshore wind, building on a heritage of over 165 years of shipping and marine experience by establishing Fred. Olsen Windcarrier in 2008.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, owned by Fred. Olsen Ocean (previously First Olsen), supplies a wide scope of services for the transport, installation and maintenance of offshore wind farms. Today the company employs around 830 people across five business units. It owns and operates two purpose built jack-up installation vessels, owns a fleet of seven service vessels and supplies experienced crew and technical manpower, as well as expert project management, engineering and HSEQ services.

The company has gained a vast amount of experience installing wind farms – view our library of case studies for details of some of our key projects.



Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is founded



Fred. Olsen Windcarrier acquires majority holding in Global Wind Service A/S



Placed an order with Lamprell Ship Yard in Dubai, for two self-elevating installation vessels


Crew transfer vessel (CTV) Wind Crew 1 was acquired and put into operation



Placed an order with Båtservice Mandal AS in Norway for four new Bayard class service vessels


Took delivery of class leading service vessels Bayards 1, 2 and 3



Took delivery of Bayard 4


Took delivery of Brave Tern


UK office is established in Lowestoft



Brave Tern mobilises for debut project – Dogger Bank met. masts installed on Universal Foundation Mono Buckets in the UK


Bold Tern delivered and installs her first turbine on EWE’s Riffgat offshore wind farm in Germany


Bold Tern completes installation of Alstom’s pioneering Haliade™ 150-6MW offshore wind turbine demonstrator at Belwind, Belgium.



Brave Tern commences installation at Global Tech I in Germany – undertakes her largest project to date and is one of the first vessels to install AREVA 5MW M5000 turbines


Fred. Olsen Windcarrier secures installation contract for the installation of the first U.S. offshore wind farm – to commence in 2016


Bold Tern joins Brave Tern for the first time – for installation at Global Tech I. An outstanding record of 8 turbines in a single week is achieved



Germany Office established in Hamburg


Fred. Olsen Windcarrier completes the installation of 80 Siemens 3.6MW turbines at the Butendiek wind farm.



Brave Tern receives upgrades.


Bold Tern receives upgrades.


Brave Tern completes the installation of 5 6MW GW Haliade 150 turbines at the U.S.’s first offshore wind farm Block Island.



Fred. Olsen Marine Services becomes a part of Fred. Olsen Windcarrier.


Fred. Olsen Windcarrier A/S sell Wind Crew 1



Fred. Olsen Windcarrier enters into an agreement with Northern Offshore Services (N-O-S) to operate the company’s fleet of seven Bayard vessels.


Our companies share the same commitment and drive to lowering cost and raising standards. Our shared values unite us.

Safety first

Safety is our focus and every effort is made to ensure the safety of our staff and clients. We will not compromise on this.

Tradition driven by innovation

Fred. Olsen related companies have been in the shipping industry since 1848. We build on this experience and look to innovate at every opportunity.

Flexible, reliable and professional

These three traits are fundamental building blocks for everything we do.

Exceed expectations

We are not happy to just meet a client’s expectations and always aim to exceed them.

Protect the environment

We strive for a green energy future and along the way we protect the marine environment we work in.

Read our latest CSR Report.


Fred. Olsen Windcarrier values its membership and associations with the following organisations:


WindEurope (previously EWEA) is the voice of the wind industry, actively promoting wind power in Europe and worldwide. It has over 600 members, active in over 50 countries, including wind turbine manufacturers with a leading share of the world wind power market, plus component suppliers, research institutes, national wind and renewables associations, developers, contractors, electricity providers, finance and insurance companies, and consultants.

RenewableUK (RUK)
RenewableUK (RUK)

RenewableUK is the UKs leading not for profit renewable energy trade association. Our vision is for renewable energy to play a leading role in powering the UK.

East of England Energy Group (EEEGR)
East of England Energy Group (EEEGR)

The East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) is the industry association for energy in the East of England, representing over 400 members across the supply chain. EEEGR are a non-profit, business-led group committed to the sustained development of the energy sector in the East of England and the continued success of our members.


Offshore energy.dk is the official national competence and innovation centre for the Danish offshore industry. On behalf of its members, Offshoreenergy.dk pushes developments with the aim of growing the Danish offshore industry. Focus areas are oil & gas, offshore wind, the offshore maritime area and wave energy.


Norwegian Energy Partners (NORWEP), previously INTPOW and INTSOK, is an effective vehicle for promoting the Norwegian offshore and energy industry’s capabilities to key clients in overseas markets and providing market information to its partners. The focus on global opportunities is increasing, not only amongst large Norwegian companies but also amongst small and medium-sized enterprises.


Sellihca is a supplier register and pre-qualification system used by the Nordic utilities to manage supplier information and risk within the supply chain as well as to procure efficiently in accordance with EU regulations. With over 4200 qualified suppliers delivering a wide selection of product and services, Sellihca provides a fair, open and transparent means of selecting suppliers.


Achilles creates and manages a global network of collaborative industry communities, allowing trading partners to share high quality, structured, real-time data. It is an independent partner providing validated data and insightful analytics to enable buyers to manage risk, and suppliers to increase market reach in their sector.

International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA)
International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA)

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is a leading trade association representing the vast majority of contractors and the associated supply chain in the offshore marine construction industry worldwide. The IMCA has a membership of around 1,000 companies including contractors, suppliers, oil & gas companies, marine renewable energy companies and numerous non-governmental organisations (NGOs).