Coastal Environments Inc. and Wessex Archaeology Ventures have partnered to create CEWA Inc., a jointly owned U.S. corporation headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The new venture aims to deliver expert advice and cultural heritage permitting services to the growing U.S. offshore renewables market.
The directors of both companies unanimously approved the venture, which combines U.S. and European expertise and capacity. Wessex Archaeology will contribute technical knowledge and 17 years of marine archaeological experience in the North Sea, where the organization has supplied services for over 90% of all the UK’s offshore wind farm developments.
Coastal Environments will provide its understanding of the marine market and a proven-track record of successful BOEM-compliant marine archaeological submissions in support of offshore development.
“We are pleased to announce this new venture for Coastal Environments, which will build on our existing experience and relationships in the U.S. offshore market,” stated Mark Gagliano, President of Coastal Environments Inc. and CEWA. “It will also provide new and existing clients with access to the expertise and capacity they need to meet the challenging targets presented by the current offshore wind development program.”
This increased expertise and capacity will ensure that the geophysical datasets produced by offshore renewable developments can be accurately and efficiently interrogated in the timeframe required to ensure smooth and rapid progress through the permitting system.
“This partnership marks the start of an exciting chapter for our organizations within a growing global market,” said Chairman of CEWA and Wessex Archaeology, Dr Ian Selby. “As sector-leaders in the U.S. and Europe, we are confident that CEWA will represent a unique heritage proposition for offshore developers, with high-quality services based on unparalleled experience, talented and specialist staff using the latest technologies, and the capacity to deliver on time and within budget.”
CEWA’s Principal Investigator, Dr Amanda Evans, will be backed by a large and highly-qualified multi-disciplinary team with many years’ experience in successful permitting of offshore energy projects, including Wessex Archaeology’s expert team of marine geophysical and geo-archaeological analysts.
“Coastal Environments and Wessex Archaeology Ltd. have an excellent track record of successful collaboration and today’s agreement is a testament to that success,” said Wessex Archaeology CEO, Chris Brayne. “We look forward to working together formally to unlock the potential of our combined capability.”