Virginia, USA-headquartered power and energy company Dominion Energy has commissioned Netherlands-headquartered specialist in lifting, drilling and subsea solutions Huisman Equipment to fabricate a crane that will be used on what it plans to be the first Jones Act compliant offshore wind installation vessel in the USA.
The Jones Act is a federal law that regulates maritime commerce in the USA and requires goods shipped between ports in the USA to be transported on ships that are built, owned and operated by citizens of the USA or permanent residents.
Dominion Energy believes a Jones Act compliant vessel is vital for the continued growth of the USA offshore wind industry. The crane for the installation vessel will lift up to 2,200 tonnes, enabling the installation of the new generation of wind turbines.
“We are proud to contribute to Dominion Energy’s ambition to enable large scale offshore wind development in the United States and we are grateful for their trust in Huisman to deliver and install this crane,” said David Roodenburg, Huisman chief executive officer.