Kongsberg Maritime, a world leader in turbine installation vessels, secured a contract to supply equipment for the first Wind Turbine Installation Vessel being built in the U.S., the company announced this Wednesday.
Firstly, the Wind Turbine Installation Vessel is currently under construction at the Keppel AMFELS shipyard in Brownsville, Texas. It is under construction for the company Dominion Energy.
Secondly, the WTIV is going to be one of the biggest in the world, and it will be able to transport and install several top-notch technology turbines and their foundation pillars for offshore wind projects spread along the U.S. East Coast.
Thirdly, this WTIV by Kongsberg Maritime is the first constructed in compliance with the Jones Act; which seeks transportation, construction and operations of vessels by American citizens hands. Delivery of the vessel will happen by the end of 2023.
Moreover, Kongsberg Maritime will offer its Integrated Solution for wind turbine installation. This solution combines KM’s motion control, propulsion and dynamic positioning functionalities to maintain operability in harsh conditions.
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Kongsberg Maritime to offer also solutions for performance
In addition, Kongsberg will secure optimized performance for transit, maneuvering and dynamic positioning. It will achieve this through the power supplied from six Bergen diesel engines. Also, Mooring and line handling will be procured by the company’s deck machinery package.
On the other hand, Monitoring and control of the KM components will be managed by a K-Chief 700 marine automation system; while the delivery also includes a large telecommunications package. The electrical system will use KM’s Energy Solutions.
Consequently, Mark D. Mitchell, Dominion Energy’s senior VP of project construction, said. “Kongsberg Maritime brings years of experience and state-of-the-art technology to the construction of America’s first Jones Act-compliant offshore wind turbine installation vessel; which is also a critical asset for the growth of offshore wind generation in the U.S.”
Finally, Egil Haugsdal, President of Kongsberg Maritime remarked. “The bespoke solution we have devised for wind turbine installation vessels indicates how much thought and effort we devote to facilitating and also encouraging sustainable marine operations.”
Also, “we are pleased to be a key supplier to the first WTIV to be built under the Jones Act requirements, ably demonstrating that Kongsberg Maritime is well placed to be a trusted partner in WTIV construction projects for the U.S. market.” He concluded.