MAR 5, 2019
The Jones Act – Is it a drag-anchor on US Offshore wind?
The United States enforces a protectionist policy on vessels plying its coastal waters, which may be a significant problem for the young offshore wind industry. Although many ships such as barges or jack-up vessels can be utilized for installing and maintaining offshore wind developments, there is clearly a necessity for specialized vessels with the capability to transport, erect, and maintain large wind turbines, often in difficult conditions. This blog looks at some of the challenges surrounding the Jones Act issue.