Following the Basic Design contract in December 2020, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock (GLDD) has now contracted Ulstein to continue the project with the integration engineering for their new dynamically positioned rock installation vessel for the U.S. offshore wind market.
The scope of work includes the selection of vessel main equipment with integration engineering plus the start of detail design. Awarding this contract is intended to advance the engineering work, ensuring the vessel is on schedule to meet its operational target of Q2 2024.
“It is a privilege to work with Ulstein on this landmark project as they continue to bring global best practices, expertise and creativity to the design of this first-of-its-kind U.S. vessel,” says Mike Greenwood, sr. project sponsor at GLDD. “Given the priority the White House has placed on the offshore wind market, special-built vessels such as this will serve as the critical foundation for the advancement of this key industry.”
The vessel will be built at a yet-to-be-selected US shipyard. To meet general US working practices, Ulstein therefore developed the design completely in the imperial system, rather than converting metric dimensions at a later stage.