As the US works to dot its waters with offshore wind projects, several orders for domestically built small crew transfer vessels have been announced.

But the market is still waiting for orders at US yards for larger service operation vessels (SOVs), which could become the workhorse of the offshore wind fleet in waters protected by the Jones Act.

So far, only Edison Chouest Offshore has ordered two Jones Act SOVs. Clarksons’ Shipping Intelligence Network shows that the Louisiana company has booked one battery hybrid vessel at its in-house shipyard for Equinor and BP-controlled Empire Offshore Wind after ordering another for a contract with Orsted and Eversource.