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Entries in wind power (3)


Foundations for First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Head for R.I.

Recent reports from the Associated Press indicate that massive steel foundations for the Nation’s first offshore wind project will soon leave fabrication facilities in Houma, Louisiana, destined for Block Island, Rhode Island.  According to Deepwater Wind, the 5-turbine Block Island Wind Farm is scheduled to be online during the third quarter of 2016 and could supply most of Block Island’s power.

The full article can be read here.


Wind Industry Service Operation Vessels Christened in Germany

Siemens and ESVAGT A/S recently announced the christenings of two purpose-built Service Operation Vessels (SOV’s) specifically engineered to service and maintain offshore wind power plants. According to company literature, the christenings demonstrate ESVAGT’s ongoing commitment to transfer their maritime vessel competencies from offshore oil and gas to the somewhat younger offshore wind industry.

While ESVAGT owns the service vessels, Siemens provides their proprietary BlueDriveTM propulsion system to reduce CO2 emissions and fuel consumption, as well as hydraulic systems to support the Amplemann active access gangway. The new vessels will purportedly revolutionize offshore wind service by increasing productivity, accelerating response times, and implementing advanced safety mechanisms that will allow turbine access in significant wave heights of up to 2.5 meters (8.2 ft), which is higher than the safety limits of traditional crew transfer vessels (CTV).

The recent investment in the purpose-built vessels reflects a global trend in the offshore wind industry to build wind facilities further offshore. The two recently-christened vessels will service the North Sea and Baltic Sea, while a third vessel will join the fleet in autumn 2016 and service wind facilities off the east coast of England.


Harlan Doliner and Ben Ford to Present Webinar on Jones Act and Offshore Wind Power

On Wednesday February 22nd at 1:00pm Verrill Dana's own Harlan Doliner and Ben Ford will present an online discussion of how U.S. Cabotage Law (otherwise known as the Jones Act) could affact the development of offshore wind power facilities.  Presenting with Ben and Harlan will be Paul Williamson of the Maine Wind Energy Initiative.  Mr Williamson will discuss the need for service vessels and how the Jones Act could require that those vessels be constructed in the U.S. and owned by U.S. companies.

Participants will hear how the current law, along with proposed changes in the law will present opportunities to their commerical marine industry businesses.

The webinar is presented by Workboat Magazine and there is a small fee to participate.  For more information go to: or drop us a line.