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Dominion Says New Ship Has Vital Role in Biden Wind-Energy Plan

  • Dominion building ship that’ll be used by Orsted, Eversource
  • Ship is “vote of confidence” for U.S. offshore wind: analyst
Rendering of Dominion Energy’s Charybdis, the first Jones Act-qualified offshore wind turbine installation vessel in the United States.
Rendering of Dominion Energy’s Charybdis, the first Jones Act-qualified offshore wind turbine installation vessel in the United States.Source: Dominion Energy

A Dominion Energy Inc. ship being built to install offshore wind farms will be the first to comply with a U.S. domestic transport mandate, with the power company expecting the vessel to play a vital role in the nation’s clean-energy plans.

The ship is expected to be sea-ready by late 2023 and will adhere to the Jones Act, a century-old law that goods transported between U.S. ports be carried on domestically built and crewed ships. Ørsted and Eversource will charter the $500 million vessel to build two offshore wind farms that will power nearly a million homes in Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York, according to a statement on Tuesday.