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Understanding U.S. Regulations for Offshore Wind Vessels

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Duration: 45 min

Original Airdate: October 27, 2021

United States (U.S.) Offshore Wind (OSW) represents a key contributor to the energy transition, at both the domestic and international levels. Driven by a renewable energy goal of 30 GW of generating capacity installed by 2030, the U.S. OSW market is quickly gaining speed with numerous stakeholders and interested parties accelerating plans for engagement into the region.

But what are the regulations and safety implications for OSW vessels operating in the U.S.? What steps can vessel designers, builders, owners and operators take now to prepare for the U.S. market?

In this virtual panel discussion, ABS and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) will come together to explain the U.S. regulatory framework and USCG safety regulations applicable to specialized vessels supporting offshore wind farms in the U.S.

We will address questions such as:

  • What are the central elements of the U.S. Regulations for an OSW farm vessel design, construction and operation?
  • How do U.S. and international regulations for OSW vessels differ? How do they overlap?
  • What type of unique considerations will be needed to maintain safety for vessels supporting U.S. offshore wind projects?
  • What is the relationship between Class and the USCG and how do they work together?



United State Coast Guard

Captain Dan Cost, currently the Chief of the Office of Design and Engineering Standards for the Coast Guard’s Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy, has over 20 years of operational and technical experience with the Coast Guard. 

Vice President, Engineering

Joshua Divin has more than 14 years with ABS supporting clients with class and regulatory requirements, and currently leads the Americas Engineering division.

Vice President, Global Offshore Wind

Greg has more than 20 years’ energy industry experience with Fortune 500 and global energy companies, and currently leads global strategic planning and client development for the offshore wind division at ABS,


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