[QUOTE=ombugge;190730]Maybe you should read today’s gcaptain newsletter: http://gcaptain.com/europes-offshore-wind-industry-eyeing-atlantic-crossing/?utm_campaign=Roost&utm_source=Roost&utm_medium=push
Will there be “an abundance of American mariners on American vessel doing this work”??
Not likely, unless there are some American mariners and Shipowners that see the opportunity instead of being negative to anything new, especially if it involve foreign technology and is not cheap.
Once this boom starts to happen it is unlikely that there will be any American flag vessels suitable for the tasks at hand. It will take years to build up the necessary capacity and competence to compete with already existing European vessels.
Attempts at jury rigging old style OSVs and lift barges is not going to cut it in competition with purpose built vessels for overall cost and efficiency. Not just day rate, but time it takes to perform the jobs in the prevailing conditions, year around.
The solution may be to purchase second hand vessels from Europe and flag them US, manned with US crew as they become trained and experienced in this type of operations.
And no, this kind of vessels does not come with cheap third world crew, so that is not a valid excuse why you cannot compete.[/QUOTE]
You know Ombugge, none of that fancy wind power stuff would exist in the EU, North Sea or Baltic absent some serious guv’vermint intervention to subsidize and/or mandate it. That’s a serious fact, so don’t get too high on that “competetion” horse stuff.
We’re a little short of that subsidy type of thing in the USA nowadays, unless by chance it comes wrapped in a “defense” or “homeland security” wrapper, in which case 4000 million dollars for a destroyer absolutely makes perfect sense.
By what I can see, that ain’t the only thing we’re short of, but that is another story for another place and day. Just sayin’
Is wind power a great idea? … Yes, I happen to think so on multiple levels, but I worked in the N Sea and understand the benefits, I have a job and my electric bill is already 0.48 per kW-hr. Absent that, I’m not sure I’d be for it, especially if my job depended on not understanding it.