Belgian shipowner DEME has team-up with US company Foss Maritime to develop a Jones Act compliant feeder barge concept to service the US offshore wind industry.

As part of the tie-up, DEME has also entered into a five-year agreement with Dutch motion compensation systems provider Barge Master.

DEME and Barge Master said they will work to develop motion compensation technology which will be deployed in a pioneering feeder concept on the Vineyard Wind 1 project — the first commercial-scale offshore wind farm in the US.