American Offshore Workers Fairness Act Statement from IMCA’s CEO
IMCA shares its response to the most recent proposed draft of the American Offshore Workers Fairness Act in the U.S. from Senator Cassidy.
The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) CEO Iain Grainger said: “This proposed legislation ignores the reality for offshore delivery in wind markets around the globe. There is a worldwide shortage of specialist vessels, a limited talent pool with the skills, knowledge and experience required to operate them safely, and huge demands driven by the move to Net Zero and energy security concerns.
“The U.S. government has ambitious targets for 30GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030 which will be unachievable without the specialist knowledge, skills and construction vessels provided by international marine contractors who – uniquely – operate on a global basis moving from project-to-project.
“As with previous attempts to change the status quo, we’d urge legislators in the U.S. to look beyond simplistic rhetoric to explore the more complex and nuanced realities of our industry.
“IMCA Members are supportive of the Jones Act. A tightening of restrictions on offshore workers will simply result in the U.S. becoming an unattractive place to do business to the detriment of America’s energy ambitions and strategy.”