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  • Writer's pictureSarah Whiteford

Ever Given freed! U.S. Offshore Wind infrastructure, Hydrogen dredger

It’s Good News Monday!

This Monday we talk about:

  1. Ever Given Updates from the Ship Manager – Salvage Successfully Frees Ever Given

  2. First Large-Scale Offshore Wind Project in U.S. Selects DEME-Foss Partnership for Wind Turbine Installation Work

  3. BV Awards AiP for Dutch Hydrogen-Powered Dredger from Royal IHC

  4. Biden’s Offshore Wind Plan Includes New Port Infrastructure, New Ships -White House

Ever Given after being freed and refloated

“Ship Ever Given, one of the world's largest container ships, is seen after it was fully floated in Suez Canal, Egypt March 29, 2021. Suez Canal Authority/Handout” Image from: gCaptain.

Ever Given, the ultra-large container ship that got stuck in the Suez Canal on March 23rd, was freed from the bank and refloated on March 29, after six days blocking the canal. It’s now being towed to the Great Bitter Lakes for further inspection of the damage. The good news is global trade through the canal can resume. The bad news? No more memes.

DEME Wind Turbine Installation Vessel or WTIV

“File photo shows a DEME Offshore Wind Turbine Installation Vessel (WTIV). Photo: DEME Offshore”. Photo from: gCaptain.

The first large wind farm in the United States will be using the U.S.-based arm of DEME for transportation and installation of wind turbines. Vineyard Wind 1 is located off Martha’s Vineyard and will power 400,000 homes with 800 megawatts of power. “The project’s developer Vineyard Wind is a joint venture between Avangrid Renewables, a subsidiary of Avangrid, Inc. (NYSE: AGR), and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP).” A foreign-flagged vessel owned by DEME will be used for installation, while Jones Act vessels will be used for support. Dominion Energy is currently building the first U.S. wind turbine installation vessel, or WTIV for the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project. Foreign-flagged vessels can be used on the outer continental shelf and will be needed to meet United States offshore wind goals of 30 GW by 2030.

Hydrogen-fueled dredger

“Design of a hydrogen-fueled dredger awarded AiP (Royal IHC)”. Image from: The Maritime Executive.

Royal IHC, a Dutch shipbuilding company, is developing new vessels with the Dutch government to maintain the coastline and eliminate CO2. According to The Maritime Executive, “classification society Bureau Veritas which has awarded an approval in principle (AiP) for the design of a hydrogen-fueled trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD).” The goal of the project is to have the vessel operational by 2024.

Wind turbine at a wind farm construction site

“FILE PHOTO: DJ Mattaar / Shutterstock”. Image from: gCaptain.

“The Biden Administration on Monday announced a goal of developing 30 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind power United States’ federal waters by 2030, which is expected to create thousands of jobs and require millions of dollars of worth of investments in port infrastructure and U.S.-flag vessels.” The new target should create over $12 billion a year in investment with 44,000 offshore wind jobs and 33,000 support jobs. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, or BOEM announced a new 800,000 acre location off the coast of Long Island and New Jersey as a priority Wind Energy Area. At least 16 projects are expected to be reviewed by 2025. Additional infrastructure and vessels will be needed: port upgrades of at least $500 million and four to six Wind Turbine Installation Vessels (WTIVs) will be built for between $250 and $500 million each. The long-term plan is for 100 GW of offshore wind by 2050.

Smile, it’s Good News Monday! :-)


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