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ABS wins design approval

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

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 Global Offshore senior vice president Matthew Tremblay said: “ABS is supporting innovation in the development of alternative energy systems all over the world and it is a real pleasure to be helping to deliver such an important vessel here in the US.

“ABS’ industry-leading experience in offshore oil and gas allows us to offer practical support to the emerging US offshore wind industry.”

Vard Marine Houston vice president Darren Truelock said: “With our track record in SOV and offshore vessel designs and ABS’ record in the offshore sector, working together to deliver this project seemed like a natural fit.

“We already have experience supporting yards worldwide to construct our offshore vessel designs, so it is with great enthusiasm that we now start on this exciting journey with ABS in the US.”

ABS is a global provider of classification and technical advisory services to the marine and offshore industries.

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