Leading lifeboat designer enters offshore wind support market

Friday, 11 August, 2017 - 23:45

Ajay Suda, Managing Director, said, “With the experience gained in the oil and gas industry and a family of highly efficient liftboat designs under our belt, it was an obvious step for us to take to enter the burgeoning offshore wind market.” The JG6000P is an optimized design of a special-purpose liftboat commonly referred to as an SOV. It can carry up to four 8 MW complete wind turbines. It has sufficient crane capacity to install them.

The first in the series is to be a Jones Act (US built, owned, flagged and operated) vessel. To be workable, it had to be competitive in cost. This vessel is comparable in cost to build in the U.S. compared to existing vessels built in (say) the Far East. Per Mr. Suda, “We have priced the vessel in the U.S. and in the Far East. Based on information available, we are confident that it is cheaper to build in the U.S. rather than (say) in the Far East .”

All Coast has partnered with SEMCO, LLC, the South East Louisiana based shipyard. SEMCO has many years of experience in building liftboats that have been used around the world, including some of the largest liftboats ever to be built in the U.S. The yard also has the honor of having built the only liftboat in the U.S. that has been used for offshore wind farm installation and support. As a yard with the reputation of being on the forefront of large liftboat construction, SEMCO has been chosen by All Coast to deliver the vessel to be used in the offshore wind farm jobs, on time and within budget.

John Powers of All Coast said, “The vessel has to be special-purpose, and efficiently designed, built, and operated to have any success in this business.” Mr. Powers adds, “Barges on legs don’t make WTIVs. We are happy to team up with SUDA for this challenging project”

The noted liftboat is based on the SUDA model JG6000P. Its design has been optimized by SUDA to work within the restrictions presented at different staging ports in the U.S.

Jason Folsom, Head of Sales, Offshore Americas, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy notes, “Siemens Gamesa is confident in the development of offshore wind, and the U.S. is a focus market for us as we expand outside of developed markets in Europe. A U.S. flagged installation and maintenance vessel helps to establish a sustainable offshore industry in our country.”

Source: A. K. Suda

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