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Suda JG10000

This design, offers a 2000 ton lift capa- bility, the ability to handle eight x 8- 9.5

MW turbines with accommodation for 112, in depths up to 68 m.

Photos: A.K. Suda Naval Architects ing conversion candidates. “Installation vessels will also need thrusters,” he said.

Maritime Reporter spoke with Er- win Lammertink, the CEO of Van Es

Holding BV (the Netherlands parent of Jack-Up Barge, Swift Drilling and other providers of offshore construc- tion equipment) about the feasibility of converting existing rigs into installation vessels for the installations of the ever growing towers, turbines and blades. Its self-elevating jack-up installation ves- sels, working extensively in the North ton lift capability, the ability to handle “One of the great myths propagated has

Sea, have lift capacities of several hun- dred tons, with one rig, JB-117, able eight x 8-9.5 MW turbines, or six x 10 been that U.S. built Jones Act assets are to lift 1,000 tons. He notes that: “The MW turbines, or four x 12 MW turbines going to be prohibitively expensive. The growth of turbines has been signi? cant. with accommodation for 112, in depths price is comparable with European de-

A huge investment would be required up to 68 meters. Ajay Suda offered that: signs built in Asian yards.” to upgrade units; these are not impos- sible but there are huge challenges.” He suggests that “…for the long haul, the best way is build to suit….however for

Ship Repair | Conversions | Drydocking assignments with a nearby time-frame, look at assets like the JB-117, or a near by people who care about returning your vessel by people who care about returning your vessel sister- JB-118- with a lift of 1,000 tons, which today are being upgraded with to service on time and in budgetto service on time and in budget


The European experience is important, but it is only a starting point. A represen- tative from Windserve (a unit of Rein- auer Transportation that is building two

CTVs for work offshore North Carolina and New England, and is tendering for other deals), during a recent presenta- tion in New Orleans, opined that, “Be- cause of the Jones Act, we will see some ingenuity and some new approaches.”

U.S. Jones Act suitable arrangements are already here. A.K. Suda, who has developed con? gurations for ABS classed high-spec lift boats deployed across multiple oil basins, has reworked its designs for the offshore wind sector.

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