Offshore wind encourages Americans to build their own installation vessels
BY SACHA HVIDBJØRN SENNOV
More new offshore wind farms may be on the way in the US, but that does not necessarily mean that the Jones Act, which hinders European players from carrying out installations on non-US vessels, will be done away with. Instead, there are indicators that US yards will build the necessary vessels themselves, says a US offshore wind researcher.
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