Green Shipping Line (GSL) has signed a teaming agreement with European marine vessel engineer DEKC Maritime (DEKC) to pursue the development of Jones Act-compliant offshore wind vessel solutions in the US
The announcement follows a number of deals by GSL, including an agreement with Keystone Shipping Company to operate shuttle vessels in the US offshore wind market and an agreement with Moran Iron Works to construct vessels.
GSL founding partner Percy R Pyne IV said, “DEKC’s extensive knowledge and capabilities provide GSL with an ideal partner to design our fleet of modern Jones Act feeder vessels, including our flagship Eleanor model.
“This agreement furthers our ability to provide efficient, proven, green solutions for offshore wind developers and component manufacturers in the US.”
DEKC Maritime, headquartered in Groningen, Netherlands, specialises in design and engineering for newbuilds.
GSL said its multi-purpose cargo vessel design Eleanor has approval in principle from ABS. It describes it as “highly efficient with the ability to transport offshore wind components including towers, nacelles and blades from a port to installation sites.
“It will be the first vessel of its kind in the US. capable of transporting all of the components of a wind tower,” said the company.
The 110-m multipurpose vessel can also be configured to perform rock dumping, scour protection, and offshore accommodation.
Fully Jones Act-compliant, the Eleanor design will be built at the Moran Iron Works Shipyard and operated by Keystone Shipping Company. It will be US-flagged, manned by an American crew and could operate out of all the regional ports along the US east coast.
“The Eleanor will be available for delivery as soon as mid-2023,” said GSL.
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