SCHOTTEL has reached a mutual agreement with Norfolk-based Lyon Shipyard that positions both companies for the expansion of the U.S. offshore wind industry. The agreement was established based on their shared long-term strategy to support both the existing market and the up-and-coming offshore wind farm industry. Under the deal, Lyon Shipyard invested in a 500-square-metre Z-drive maintenance building, and SCHOTTEL provides Lyon with technicians and technical support.US wind farm operations will need a large fleet of Jones Act-qualified service operation vessels (SOVs), which will be fitted with thrusters and DP systems. These vessels will also require periodic drydocking, maintenance and thruster overhauls. Through their new partnership, Lyon Shipyard and SCHOTTEL are well-positioned to face the new challenges.