The first Jones Act-compliant offshore wind turbine installation vessel will be built to ABS class
Now under construction by Keppel AmFELS, which is also undertaking the engineering and procurement for Dominion Energy, the vessel is a GustoMSC design intended to handle turbines of 12 MW or more. The vessel will also be capable of installing foundations for turbines and other heavy lifts.
To be named Charybdis, the vessel will have accommodation for up to 119 crew and windfarm technicians.
Seajacks will assist Dominion Energy with construction and operations oversight.
Charybdis is the latest vessel for the US offshore wind industry to be supported by ABS. The first US-flagged Jones Act service operation vessel will also be built to ABS Class.
ABS has also issued AIPs for two Jones Act SOVs to Vard and for a series of other wind support vessels from European designers.