The Jones Act offshore wind farm service operation vessel (SOV) that Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) is building to operate on long term charter to Ørsted and Eversource will be classed by ABS.
The SOV will be engineered, constructed and operated by ECO to service the planned Revolution Wind, South Fork Wind, and Sunrise Wind offshore wind farms in the northeastern U.S.
“ABS’ unique understanding of the U.S. regulatory environment and our industry-leading offshore experience means we are uniquely well placed to support projects such as this,” said Matt Tremblay, ABS Senior Vice President, Global Offshore. “We are fully committed to supporting development of the U.S. offshore wind industry and proud to be part of this initiative, which will play a key role in delivering its exciting potential.”
The 80-meter-long vessel, which will be capable of housing 70 passengers/wind turbine technicians, will operate on diesel electric power meeting EPA Tier 4 emission standards and will feature a proprietary ECO Variable Frequency Drive to substantially reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
“We are unique in the U.S. offshore marine vessel industry with our own in-house design and engineering group, our own shipyards, and a wealth of expertise in the offshore industry,” said Gary Chouest, ECO president and CEO. “This puts us in an industry-leading position as the only U.S. company capable of fully engineering, constructing and operating specialized vessels for this market. ECO put the first deep water support vessel in the Brazil offshore market with the Damon Chouest in 1991. ECO put the first purpose designed and built deep water support vessel in the Gulf of Mexico with the Amy Chouest in 1992. And now ECO will again be first by placing the first SOV in the U.S. wind farm market.”