May 29, 2024 | offshore marine news

The first US-flagged Jones Act offshore wind farm service operation vessel (SOV), the ABS-classed ‘ECO Edison’, engineered and constructed by Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO), has been christened and launched in a ceremony at the Port of New Orleans.

ECO Edison will be employed on long-term charter to service offshore wind farms in the northeast US. ECO will operate the 80m long vessel, which is capable of housing 70 passengers/wind turbine technicians. The SOV operates on diesel electric power meeting EPA Tier 4 emission standards and features a proprietary ECO variable frequency drive to substantially reduce fuel consumption and GHG emissions.

Rob Langford, ABS VP Global Offshore Wind said: “ABS is committed to supporting the US offshore wind industry, helping our partners and clients throughout the full life cycle of their projects. This is an exciting milestone not only for Edison Chouest but for domestic renewable energy production. ABS remains a trusted partner for offshore wind stakeholders by delivering advisory and technical review solutions that help minimise risk and enhance safety for offshore wind projects.”

Michael Braid, ECO VP Renewable Energy, said: “ECO has enjoyed working with the ABS teams on over 190 newbuild vessel projects over the last 40 years and throughout that time both parties have enhanced the relationship year by year.  No matter if we have a simple project, or a technologically complex new project, such as the ECO Edison and the upcoming Maersk ATBs, we know that ABS is there to fully support us in all phases of the project.”

Image: The ABS-classed ‘ECO Edison’ has been launched in New Orleans (source: ABS)

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