Offshore wind turbine installation vessel (WTIV) company Eneti Inc. says it has “discontinued discussions” with a U.S. shipyard for the construction of a Jones Act-compliant WTIV.
Eneti currently has orders for two WTIVs with South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) and, since last year, has been in planning stages, including advanced discussions with an undisclosed U.S. shipyard, for the construction of a Jones Act-compliant offshore wind vessel as the Biden Administration looks to rapidly expand the United States’ offshore wind energy capacity to 30GW by 2030.
Led by Chairman and CEO Emanuele A Lauro, Eneti transitioned to the renewables sector last year after winding down its dry bulk business, under its former name Scorpio Bulkers, beginning in 2020. In addition to the two newbuilds, the company in August 2021 acquired UK-based Seajacks and its fleet of five WTIVs, instantly making it a leading owner and operator in the WTIV sector.
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