In 2020, our team had the privilege of advising the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on their December 2020 Report to Congressional Committees entitled "Offshore Wind Energy: Planned Projects May Lead to Construction of New Vessels in the U.S., but Industry Has Made Few Decisions amid Uncertainties." During these efforts, it became clear to us that the global Wind Turbine Installation V... read moreessel (WTIV) fleet is inadequate to meet the future needs of the U.S. offshore wind market. Furthermore, even though there was a general feeling in the air that this was the case, the facts of the case were difficult to visualize and understand for most people who were not directly involved in WTIV logistics. Finally, in response to this feeling, which had a tendency to turn anxious, we had been observing for several years through the press and at conferences most people thought the Jones Act was to blame. Our studies have shown, however, that the problem is simpler and bigger than that: The U.S. is about to build the world's largest offshore wind farms, and there just aren't enough vessels available in the world to handle these projects in U.S. waters. This report represents our team's attempt to follow-up on the 2020 GAO Report with visual analysis and logistics scenarios that can help offshore wind stakeholders understand both the scale and the details of the challenge ahead.
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Bocklet, Charles, Christian Herbosa, Greg Loweth, Matthew Griswold, Lauren Quickel, Roan Gideon, Jay Borkland, Rocky Weitz, Barbara Kates-Garnick, and Eric Hines. (2021). Wind Turbine Installation Vessels: Global Supply Chain Impacts on the U.S. Offshore Wind Market. OSPRE-2021-02. Tufts University. June 28, 55 pp.