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NETSCo’s Cutting Edge Feeder Barge Redefines Offshore Wind Turbine Installations

Offshore wind feeder barges are revolutionizing the renewable energy sector by enhancing the efficiency and precision of wind turbine installations. Critical to this advancement are Wind Turbine Installation Vessels (WTIVs), specialized ships equipped with dynamic positioning and jacking systems that ensure stable and accurate offshore platforms. However, the US East Coast faces challenges due to the Jones Act, which requires vessels to be U.S.-built, owned, and crewed. To address these constraints, NETSCo has designed an innovative feeder vessel. This state-of-the-art barge features dynamic positioning, is powered by both battery and fuel, and uses motion mitigation technology to improve operational efficiency and safety during transfers to WTIVs. This design not only provides a viable alternative to existing models but also complies with Jones Act regulations.

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Locks, Docks and Beyond

When we talk about the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway System, we’re not just talking about an impressive body of water. What lies within this extensive waterway system is an incredible feat of engineering – a series of locks and docks that serve as the critical infrastructure for shipping and trade in North America.

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Charging Ahead

Charging Ahead: The prospects and challenges of electrifying Great Lakes shipping in the next 25 – 30 years The Great Lakes Seaway Review magazine recently

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Richard Mueller authored “The Cornerstone of Global Trade” in Great Lakes Seaway Review

The International Maritime Organization has implemented regulations to control energy usage on vessels, and ship owners must understand these guidelines to ensure compliance in terms of cost, compliance, and performance levels. Energy Efficient Ship Index, The Carbon Intensity Index rating, and Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan are all practical technology solutions that can help reduce a vessel’s carbon footprint. To stay ahead of the game and meet emission standards, it’s essential to remain up to date with the latest industry regulations and seek support from knowledgeable marine engineering companies.

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Richard Mueller Named President-elect of SNAME

NETSCo, a leading naval architecture and marine engineering firm, is proud to announce that Richard Mueller, CEO/President, has been elected as President-elect of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) and is slated to ascend to the Presidency in the subsequent year.

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Kathie Clark

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