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Ocean State offshore wind farm projects …

…set standard for involving and communicating with affected fishermen

NEW SHOREHAM, RI – “Whether you’re for or against it, just the scale of it leaves you  in awe,” said Elizabeth Marchetti, fisheries liaison for the Deepwater Wind Block Island Wind Farm (BIWF).

Work underway at the Deepwater Wind Block Island Wind Farm off Rhode Island.  (Deepwater Wind photo)

Work underway at the Deepwater Wind Block Island Wind Farm off Rhode Island. (Deepwater Wind photo)

After a site visit to watch the fourth of five turbine towers going up in the array located about three miles southeast of Block Island, Marchetti returned to port and issued another notice to fishermen – a lift boat’s departure time and transit route from Port of Providence to the site.

On any given day, notices are issued for the 130’ to 180’-long lift boats carrying wind tower components to the site from the Port of Providence – as well as for utility, crew transfer, installation, and support vessels.

The lift boats Paul and Caitlyn are jacked in place on legs up to 235’ to transfer the components to the Brave Tern, a 433’-long jack-up installation vessel.

The Brave Tern, brought over from France, has cranes capable of lifting up to 800 tons, and stands up to 480’ above sea level during construction.

It mounted the tower components onto the foundations that were placed last summer.  Each completed tower is 250’ tall, weighing a total of 450 tons.

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