Ulstein gets in on the Jones Act with Aeolus Energy SOV deal

Florida based renewable energy specialist Aeolus Energy has awarded a contract to Ulstein to design the first ever Jones Act compliant offshore wind service operations vessel (SOV).

Aeolus says that in addition to the SOV it plans to build a fleet of vessels, all constructed in the United States, to include cable ships, crew transfer vessels and accomodation vessels.

The contract, which marks Ulstein’s entry into the US offshore wind market, will see the SOV designed based on Ulstein’s SX195 design and customised to meet the requirements of Aeolus and the US Coast Guard.

Elia Golfin, CEO of Aeolus Energy, commented: “The design and ultimate construction of these vessels will result in significant job creation and is a demonstration of confidence in the American shipbuilding industry.”

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.


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