US-based Kalypso Offshore Energy, LLC (Kalypso), a contractor for the offshore wind industry in the U.S., has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Royal IHC to build America’s first innovative Jones Act compliant cable lay vessel (CLV) for the offshore wind market.

The collaboration between Kalypso and Royal IHC, a maritime technology leader, marks a significant advancement in the U.S. wind supply chain by filling a key gap in the nation’s vessel capabilities.

Leveraging Royal IHC’s extensive engineering prowess and Kalypso’s industry insight, this partnership aims to domestically produce a 5,000-ton CLV.

Kalypso’s CLV has been designed and constructed to meet Jones Act compliance standards, ensuring adherence to U.S. legislation for domestic maritime trade.

Kalypso and Royal IHC will continue collaborating closely to finalize contract, engineering, and construction details.

This collaboration marks a significant step in achieving Kalypso’s mission to offer a local, experienced solution for the cable lay sector of the U.S. offshore wind industry, as the company claims in its statement.

Colin Smith, managing director of Kalypso, said that “Kalypso is thrilled to partner with Royal IHC to design and deliver America’s first Cable Lay Vessel built on U.S. soil dedicated to offshore wind,” who adds that the “Kalypso’s CLV will enhance the nation’s offshore energy prospects and foster local economic growth.”

Derk te Bokkel, chief executive of Royal IHC, noted: “I take pride in leading a company capable of delivering this key contribution to the energy transition and energy security in America’s home market.

“The development of this CLV is a significant milestone for Royal IHC and the offshore wind sector in the U.S. We feel privileged to provide our added value to a knowledgeable pioneer such as Kalypso.”

Source: Kalypso Offshore Energy LLC