The Environment of the Sea Committee is sponsoring a talk about offshore wind turbines on May 4th at 1600 Pacific Time. Zoom information is shown below.
Right now there are five turbines near Block Island, RI and two turbines off the coast of VA. But many more are in the planning stages and mariners need to know how these will affect us. We will be joined by Ed Anthes-Washburn of Crowley Shipping to help explain the impacts. Ed was CEO and Port Director of the Port of New Bedford from 2015-2021 and worked for the port since 2010. New Bedford is a major staging ground for offshore wind in the northeast US and Ed has worked with all the major offshore companies.
Ed will summarize for us current plans for turbines in the US. Where are they planned, how many, how big and by whom and when? He will show us what a typical layout of a turbine field is with spacing and transit corridors and talk to us about approach distances during and after construction. He will describe different impacts of vessels from interference on wind, radar and wildlife. And finally he will tell us ways our voices can be heard in the planning process.
As there are some CCA members with expertise in this issue, we may have additional guests as well.
Edward C. Anthes-Washburn serves as the Director of Business Development for Crowley Shipping, a division of Crowley Maritime Corporation. Prior to joining Crowley in 2021, Ed served as CEO and Port Director of the Port of New Bedford, MA from 2015-2021. He also served as the Deputy Port Director and Director of Operations dating back to 2010. Ed serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations and is the Chair of the Port Council of the Steamship Authority. He co-founded and is a board member of the New Bedford Ocean Cluster, a non-profit network that develops offshore wind supply chain opportunities for local businesses and fosters new technology and collaboration "in the marine sector. He received a B.S. from Cornell University and a M.S. from the University of Massachusetts- Boston.
Many thanks to John Bullard and Frank Bohlen for putting this together.