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US to get its first legitimate offshore wind vessel

A US oil industry supplier will build the first US installation vessel for offshore wind. Dong Energy calls it a step in the right direction for the industry.

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The US offshore wind industry will soon get its first home-grown installation vessel. US engineering firm Zentech, which works within oil and gas service, revealed in a press release that it is collaborating with Renewable Resources to construct a jack-up vessel with 16,000 ton capacity designed to transport and install three turbines of a 6-9 MW caliber.

"With larger scale offshore wind projects following Block Island, the US market requires forward looking marine logistics, such as Zentech's competitive, Jones Act compliant jack-up installation vessel," commented Andy Geissbuehler, Managing Partner of Renewable Resources International.

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