Offshore Wind Farm Support Vessels

ABS to Class First Jones Act Wind SOV

The first U.S.-flagged Jones Act offshore wind farm service operation vessel ever ordered will be built to ABS Class.

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Supporting evolving technologies demands evolving expertise

ABS monitors the worldwide offshore support vessel (OSV) industry to better anticipate emerging technologies and operating environments. As the leading provider of classification services to the global offshore industry, ABS is in a unique position to support the new vessels serving the evolving fixed and floating offshore windfarm turbine market.

Leading class services provider for innovative wind farm vessels

New wind farm development is driving the need for support vessel innovation: flexible service operation vessels (SOV) can be adapted to transport crews, serve as their offshore quarters, workshop, and as a mobile warehouse for supplies, equipment, and tools.

Due to ever-increasing environmental regulations, owners of wind farm support vessels also need to consider alternative fuel types such as hybrid battery power or LNG. Regardless of a vessel’s design or its fuel, ABS can provide classification services for a range of wind farm vessels that will help them meet cabotage rules and safety requirements for initial certification and operational compliance. These vessels include:

  • Wind Turbine Installation Vessel (WTIV) - typically self-elevating jackup for shallow water, floating heavy lift construction vessel for deep water
  • Service Operation Vessel (SOV)
  • Cable Laying Vessel
  • Crew Transfer Vessel (CTV) – high-speed craft to transfer crew and service technicians



Offshore Windfarm Support