The company said that it has partnered with Louisiana-based shipyard SEMCO LLC and A.K. Suda Inc., which will help with the vessel design.
“The vessel has to be special purpose, and efficiently designed, built and operated to have any success in this business,” John Powers of All Coast, said in a statement. “Barges on legs don’t make WTIVs.”
The 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.
“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,” Jason Folsom, head of sales, offshore Americas, for Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, said. “A U.S.-flagged installation and maintenance vessel helps to establish a sustainable offshore industry in our country.”
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