New Jones Act-Compliant Transport and Installation Vessel unveiled
A consortium led by the German ONP Management and the US Renewable Resources International has created Feederdock, a transport and installation vessel solution complying with the Jones Act.
The Feederdock is built around a U-shaped crane vessel with a maximum hook height of 182 meters, allowing it to dock Jones Act Articulated Tug Barges (ATBs) before jacking them up.
In water as deep as 70 meters, the ship will be able to set up 25 MW wind turbines, including their 2,800-ton foundations.
From the initial concept design to the basic design phase, the Feederdock main vessel was designed and engineered entirely by Tractebel Overdick, a naval architects group and specialized in the construction of heavy lift jack-up vessels.
The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) granted the concept its Approval in Principle (AIP) in 2020, and since then, it has been “accompanying” the project to examine and class the vessel before to its deployment.
Feederdock will be built in Bremen, Germany and will be operated by Atheleon, formerly known as SAL Renewables and part of the Harren Group, in US waters once it is completed in 2026.
Image source: ONP Management