The USA’s Dominion Energy has contracted Keppel Offshore & Marine for the engineering, procurement and construction of a wind turbine installation vessel.

The vessel, which will be named Charybdis, will be built at Keppel’s shipyard in the USA – Keppel AmFELS – and will be Jones Act-compliant. Scheduled for delivery in 2023, it will be available for charter to offshore wind developers, in support of several US wind projects. 

Chris Ong, ceo of Keppel Offshore & Marine, said: “We are pleased to be selected by Dominion Energy to build the first offshore wind turbine installation vessel in the USA, which is also one of the largest vessels of its kind in the world.”

The vessel design includes a main crane that will have an expected lifting capacity of 2,200 tonnes.