Partners Orsted and Eversource claimed an “incredible moment” for the US offshore wind industry as they signed a long-term charter deal for what is said to be the first US-flagged, Jones Act-compliant service operations vessel (SOV) for the sector.

Global offshore wind giant Orsted and utility partner Eversource signed the deal with shipping group Edison Chouest Offshore for an SOV that will carry out operation and maintenance work on their planned Revolution Wind, South Fork Wind and Sunrise Wind projects off New England in the north-east of the US.