The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has granted first approval in principle to naval architecture consultancy Vard for the latter’s design of a Jones Act service operations vessel (SOV) for work on US offshore wind farms
The approval addresses a customised version of Vard 4 07 US SOV design, with primary functions including accommodation, transferring technicians to installations, as well as storing spare parts and tools.
Vard said the vessel is designed to be environmentally friendly with a focus on low fuel consumption and ease of construction
The design also incorporates a state-of-the-art hull form designed for all weather conditions, it added.
“ABS’ industry-leading experience in offshore oil and gas allows us to offer practical support to the emerging US offshore wind industry.”