A new type of massive vessel is being built to meet the challenges of installing new, larger than ever wind turbine arrays in U.S. coastal waters. Today we’ll talk about these ships, which can carry giant cargoes of specialized equipment and can transform themselves into a stable platform for installation purposes, by sending huge legs down to the ocean floor.

Photo credit: German special crane ship for the setups of offshore wind farms called Wind Lift I in the harbour of Emden. Ships like this will be built in the US soon to allow installation of new, larger wind turbine assemblies. Wikimedia Commons Images.