US OMSA Forms Offshore Wind Committee
The U.S. Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA) has formed the OMSA Wind Committee said to be dedicated to supporting the local offshore wind industry and the Jones Act.
The OMSA Board of Directors unanimously adopted the resolution to create the committee and charged it with making recommendations on strategies and initiatives that increase U.S. maritime industry involvement in the offshore wind sector.
The committee will work to ensure the laws and regulations governing offshore wind are beneficial to vessel operators and mariners that participate in the industry.
Additionally, it is expected to assist in OMSA's efforts to protect the Jones Act and ensure U.S. offshore wind infrastructure is constructed, serviced, and maintained in a Jones Act compliant manner.
“As more OMSA members apply their expertise to the offshore wind market, it only makes sense for OMSA to formalize our involvement in this sector," said OMSA President Aaron Smith.
"The Jones Act was designed to foster, develop, and maintain a strong domestic merchant marine and shipbuilding industry. The law continues to accomplish that purpose and aid our national, homeland, and economic security. By ensuring the Jones Act is properly applied to the U.S. offshore wind industry, OMSA and the OMSA Wind Committee will help continue this important tradition.”