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U.S. Jones Act-Compliant Support Vessel Fleets Like Guice Offshore Cited As Key Driver in Wind Energy Infrastructure Growth, Maintenance

U.S. Jones Act-Compliant Support Vessel Fleets Like Guice Offshore Cited As Key Driver in Wind Energy Infrastructure Growth, Maintenance

Guice Offshore is proud to be among the most trusted go-to providers of U.S. Jones Act-compliant offshore supply and support vessels as America’s offshore wind energy industry begins to rapidly expand.   

On October 21, 2021, the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Energy Subcommittee held a hearing entitled “Offshore Wind, Onshore Benefits: Growing the Domestic Wind Energy Industry” to explore measures the federal government can take to ensure the United States builds a backbone transmission system capable of delivering reliable offshore wind energy to American households and businesses. 

Pending infrastructure funding, the ambitious goal to provide clean wind power to ten million American households and avoid 78 million metric tons of carbon emissions would not only prove critical for efforts to combat the climate crisis but would also mean major investments in domestic manufacturing and supply chains, including U.S.-flagged shipping and ship building. 

Among those on hand to testify at the hearing was David Hardy, CEO of Ørsted Offshore North America, which is the largest U.S. offshore wind developer and whose U.S. workforce has tripled during the past two years as the wind power industry expands and demands for supply chain infrastructure grow.  

Hardy named U.S. Jones Act-compliant offshore vessels as one of the key drivers in building out Ørsted’s wind energy capabilities, along with the construction of offshore wind substations. 

To read his complete remarks, click here

To visit the hearing web page and access the video replay link, click here

In addition to Mr. Hardy, additional witnesses included (respective testimonies are hyperlinked below): 

Heather Zichal, Chief Executive Officer
American Clean Power Association 

Testimony 

James Strong, Assistant to the Director, District 8
United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and
Service Workers International Union 

Testimony 

Hon. Mark Menezes, Former Deputy Secretary of Energy
United States Department of Energy 

Testimony 

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