To serve the needs of the US wind power market, Wärtsilä, has designed the world’s first US flagged, Jones Act compliant hybrid multi-purpose SOV.
The offshore wind business is booming around the world, and the US is no exception. Operators are looking for cost-competitive multi-purpose service operation vessel (MPSOV) designs that not only meet their unique set of requirements, but which incorporate future-proof, eco-efficient technologies that will enhance both the performance and lifespan of their assets.
Wärtsilä’s new Jones Act compliant design is ready to raise the bar.
“With wind energy now such big business in the US, owners, and operators are taking a more strategic long-term view in terms of investments,” says Blake Jackson, Sales Engineer, New Builds, Wärtsilä Marine Business.
“The next generation of vessels has to check all the boxes in terms of IMO emissions regulations and flexible designs so that they can take advantage of technological advances as and when they become available,” he continues.
The vessel design also benefits from Wärtsilä’s patented Low Loss Concept (LLC), and an energy-efficient and highly redundant power distribution system for electric propulsion applications.
The 76-metre vessel can accommodate up to 60 crew and wind-farm technicians in 55 single and five state cabins.