Global Maritime Consultancy & Engineering, a provider of marine warranty, dynamic positioning, and engineering services to the offshore sector, has signed a contract with offshore wind developer, Deepwater Wind. Global Maritime will provide marine warranty services for the Block Island Wind Farm, America’s first offshore wind farm.
Deepwater Wind is America’s leading offshore wind developer with the Block Island Wind Farm the first in the nation. Headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, Deepwater Wind is actively developing and building a portfolio of offshore wind projects to serve multiple markets on both the East and West Coasts of the U.S.
Services provided by Global Maritime will include a technical review of all installation procedures and calculations; the survey and inspection of installation vessels; the witnessing of the installation of turbines and subsea cables; and the issuing of Certificates of Approval.
“The potential for offshore wind in the U.S. is huge – both in terms of jobs created and in providing cleaner energy into the national energy mix,” shared David Sutton, CEO of Global Maritime Consultancy & Engineering, “Global Maritime is, therefore, delighted to be involved in such a prestigious project. As a leader in marine warranty services, we will help set the standards in offshore wind operations in the US, developing technical audits, assessing the readiness of operations, and reducing risk.”
Block Island is located 15 kilometers from the coast of the State of Rhode Island. The Block Island Wind Farm will consist of five GE Haliade turbines, each with a 6 MW capacity, mounted on jacket foundation structures off the southeast corner of the island. A submarine cable will connect these to the island, while another cable will be laid to connect the island to the mainland, allowing excess power to be sold there. The farm is scheduled to become operational in November 2016.
“This is a significant milestone for Global Maritime as we look to demonstrate our expertise in offshore wind power,” said Global Maritime Engineering Manager Thomas Smith. “With Deepwater Wind having a number of other potential projects (as do others), we will continue to look for opportunities in this sector, both in Marine Warranty and in Engineering.”
Global Maritime has more than 30 years experience in Marine Warranty services, providing third-party verification, warranty and assurance services, audits and operational advisory services, and representation. Services include certificates of approval (COA) and statements of compliance, where Global Maritime reviews all relevant engineering, design, and marine procedural documentation; and surveys & audits.
Global Maritime also has extensive experience and capabilities with engineering design and the analysis of a wide variety of offshore platforms.
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