The construction of the first U.S.-built service operation vessel (SOV), the ECO Edison, is in full swing down in Houma, La.

According to a recent LinkedIn post, the team at Ørsted took a trip down to the Edison Chouest Offshore shipyard to view the vessel's progress earlier this month. 

The gathering was attended by members of the Ørsted team, including Group EVP and CEO Americas David Hardy. Also in attendance was U.S. House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, R-LA, partners from Eversource Energy, leaders from Edison Choust Offshore, and hundreds of shipyard workers involved with the build. 

The ECO Edison will service offshore wind farms in the Northeast, including South Fork Wind, Revolution Wind, and Sunrise Wind. The vessel will be stationed at Port Jefferson on Long Island, N.Y.  

The 260' ECO Edison will be Jones Act-compliant and has a capacity for 60 crew members. The vessel was announced in a joint statement on Oct. 1, 2020.

The video below shows highlights from the ceremony, including clips of speeches and vessel construction.  

Ben Hayden is a Maine resident who grew up in the shipyards of northern Massachusetts. He can be reached at (207) 842-5430 and [email protected].