HEC has been following developments in US offshore wind with interest, particularly with an office in downtown Annapolis and staff members who used to work at Sparrows Point. HEC work with US offshore wind started in 2011 when HEC president Keith Michel chaired the Committee on Offshore Wind Energy Turbine Structural and Operating Safety run by the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, which resulted in TRB Special Report 305 which can be accessed here

HEC has also participated in the IPF Conference for a number of years and gave a presentation on a Jones Act Compliant Strategy for US Offshore Wind in 2017 which can be accessed here. We have also carried out a market study assessing the range of Jones Act compliant tonnage available that could be repurposed for use in the US offshore wind market.

The expertise of the company in other sectors encompasses a wide range of activities that are relevant to offshore wind.  Some of these are:

Design and Feasibility

  • Specialists in US regulatory environment - USCG & EPA requirements, Jones Act, ballast water, operation in US ECA zone
  • Analysis and evaluation of optimal seaborne transport of cargo - for specific project cargo or route network
  • Ship concept and basic design
  • Construction support engineering for transport, sea fastening, deck strengthening and vessel modifications/conversion
  • Topsides structural design
  • Operability assessment - seakeeping and motions analysis
  • Collision & Navigational Risk Assessments (for FPSOs, ports and terminals)

Operations and Planning

  • Heavy lift operations planning - ballast & deballasting sequences, lifting plans, design of temporary bracing, crane barge selection
  • In house software for stability and operations planning is also widely used worldwide on commercial ships, barges, offshore platforms and for salvage operations
  • 3rd party verification and assurance
  • Procurement support - specification and tender writing, bid evaluation
  • Shipyard support - plan approval and site team

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