30 Jun '17, 1pm

First US Offshore Wind Installation Vessel to be Built with Oil and Gas Expertise

First US Offshore Wind Installation Vessel to be Built with Oil and Gas Expertise

On Wednesday, June 28, Zentech Inc. and Renewables Resources International (RRI) announced their intention to deliver the first Jones-Act-compliant, four legged, self-propelled dynamically-positioned level 2 (DP2) jack-up vessel to the emerging U.S. offshore wind industry. The vessel will be based on a US-built barge. Zentech plans to install four truss legs with spud cans, a proven oil and gas design, and integrate them into a newly built hull. In late 2016, the first U.S. offshore wind farm was commissioned off the coast of Rhode Island. In constructing the Block Island Wind Farm, developer Deepwater Wind had to use a wind turbine installation vessel —Fred Olsen Windcarrier’s Brave Tern — from Europe because no boat big enough to install the vessels existed yet in the United States. Because of U.S. regulations in the Jones Act, Brave Tern was not permitted to touch the s...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2017/06/firs...

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