Ulstein engineering contract for Jones Act rock installation vessel

In: Vessels
Following a Basic Design contract in December 2020, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. LLC (GLDD) has now contracted Ulstein to continue on the same project with the integration engineering for its new dynamically positioned rock installation vessel.

This contract is the next step in realising the first Jones Act compliant subsea rock installation vessel intended to serve the U.S. offshore wind market. The scope of work includes the selection of vessel main equipment with integration engineering plus the start of detail design. Awarding this contract is expected to advance the engineering work, ensuring the vessel is on schedule to meet its operational target of Q2 2024. The vessel will be built at a yet-to-be-selected US shipyard.

“It is a privilege to work with Ulstein on this landmark project as they continue to bring global best practices, expertise and creativity to the design of this first-of-its-kind U.S. vessel”,
said Mike Greenwood, sr. project sponsor at GLDD. “Given the priority the White House has placed on the offshore wind market, special-built vessels such as this will serve as the critical foundation for the advancement of this key industry.”

“Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the design process and cooperation with GLDD have been highly productive and efficient”,
added Edwin van Leeuwen, managing director at Ulstein Design & Solutions B.V. “All credits to both GLDD and Ulstein project teams that have been working on this project since June 2020 from their home offices. Ulstein’s strength and added value to customers is reflected in this engineering contract. It is the result of the close cooperation between our design and engineering teams in the Netherlands, Norway and Poland and using Ulstein’s long shipbuilding competence."

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