Welders in Quonset Point, Rhode Island, are firing flaming torches at aluminum sheets inside a huge hangar. Three new ships, each measuring roughly 27 meters, are beginning to take shape.
The first will enter the water sometime in the spring and transport personnel to maintain wind farms off the coast of New England. There is hardly any offshore wind industry in the US that these vessels can access.
Turbines will however proliferate along its coastline as the Biden administration quickens a strategy to decarbonize its power generation sector, increasing demand for services in shipyards and manufacturing areas from Brownsville, Texas, to Albany, New York.
Due to recent contracts for hybrid ferries and larger crew transfer vessels, Senesco Marine, a shipbuilder in Rhode Island, has nearly doubled its workforce.
Former US Navy veteran and current company CEO Ted Williams claims, “Everyone tells me the recession in America is inevitable.” Yet, shipbuilding is not where it is happening. Also, it is not occurring in any US clean energy sector.
A profound new revolution is underway across the nation in fields like solar, nuclear, carbon capture, and green hydrogen. Its objectives are to revive the nation’s rustbelt, decarbonize the largest economy in the world, and seize control of the energy supply chains of the twenty-first century from China, the world’s cleantech superpower.
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