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Empire Wind Selects Edison Chouest Offshore to Provide Plug-in Hybrid Service Operation Vessel

A rendering of Empire Offshore Wind’s partially battery-powered service vessel, the first of its kind, seen sailing under the Brooklyn Bridge. The construction of the ship is expected to generate 250 jobs in the United States. Rendered courtesy of Equinor

Empire Offshore Wind – the joint venture between Equinor and BP will include a wind turbine assembly plant at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal as well as two wind farms off Long Island – has awarded a long-term service contract to a company that will operate an unusual plug-in ship.

The “Hybrid Duty Operations Vessel [SOV]operated by Edison Chouest Offshore, will be the first in the U.S. offshore wind industry capable of partially operating on battery power, according to Equinor.

The vessel will be able to carry 60 wind turbine technicians and will be used for the safe and efficient operation and maintenance of the Empire Wind 1 and Empire Wind 2 offshore wind farms off Long Island. However, it will be homeported at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal and will travel back and forth between the two locations.

The plug-in hybrid vessel will be the first in the United States capable of battery-powered navigation on portions of the route, according to Equinor. The SOV will sail to the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal on battery power, recharge its battery using shore power, and then depart New York Harbor.

The vessel will be built with components sourced from ECO’s extensive supplier base in 34 US states. The supplier estimates that this will generate more than 250 highly skilled American jobs during the construction of the ship.

Edison Chouest Offshore also devotes considerable effort and resources to recruiting and training New York area vessel crews. ECO will operate the vessel from its New York office.

Equinor and bp are investing in port upgrades to help transform the underutilized South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SBMT) into a world-class offshore wind staging and assembly facility and become the base for maintenance (O&M) for both Equinor and other project developers. before.

SBMT will become one of the largest dedicated offshore wind port facilities in the United States at approximately 73 acres, with the capacity to accommodate wind turbine staging and assembly activities at the scale required by component manufacturers.

SBMT is being redeveloped in conjunction with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and terminal owner Sustainable South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SSBMT). SSBMT is a joint venture between Red Hook Terminals and Industry City.

“Equinor and bp’s agreement with Edison Chouest will generate ripple effects throughout the supply chain, creating jobs in many states across the country. With the first-of-its-kind plug-in hybrid service operations vessel, Empire Wind will reduce potential emissions from our operations in the New York area,” said Teddy Muhlfelder, vice president, Empire Wind and Beacon Wind, Equinor.

“Edison Chouest Offshore will provide a state-of-the-art vessel suitable for Empire Wind. We selected Edison Chouest in part for his extensive experience and expertise as a shipbuilder and look forward to a collaboration beginning with construction and continuing throughout operations for the next decade or more” , said Mette H. Ottøy, Purchasing Manager at Equinor.