Ørsted and Eversource to collaborate with Sea Services and local fishermen

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 20/05/2021 Eversource
Joint-venture partners Ørsted and Eversource will collaborate with marine services provider Sea Services North America, and its partner fishermen in Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York, to support safe navigation in and around the companies’ Northeast offshore wind farms. This includes the 704 MW Revolution Wind project serving Rhode Island and Connecticut, the 132 MW South Fork Wind serving Long Island and the 924 MW Sunrise Wind project serving New York.

The collaboration aims to draw on the maritime experience of Sea Services and its partner fishermen in the Northeast region. Over the last year, Sea Services’ fishermen provided scouting vessels and monitoring services to assist
Revolution Wind's project research vessels in locating, identifying and avoiding fishermen’s gear during pre-construction marine surveys. This partnership helped improve communication and coexistence during the surveys.

This collaboration aims to create jobs for fishermen, increase safety standards, and provide training for participating crews. This agreement will provide additional days at sea for the region’s fishing fleet.  This agreement also marks the first time an offshore wind developer and a commercial fishing consortium sign a substantial commercial contract in the history of U.S. offshore wind. 

Separately, Ørsted has also begun discussions with Sea Services to expand this scope into its
Ocean Wind and Skipjack wind farms, serving New Jersey and Maryland respectively.

“We believe strongly that offshore wind can coexist with all ocean users, including the region’s commercial and recreational fishing fleets,” said David Hardy, Chief Executive Officer of Ørsted Offshore North America. “Our expanded collaboration with Sea Services will help us as we strive to achieve that coexistence, with the valuable support from fishermen who know the area’s waters best.”

“Our partnership with Sea Services North America follows through on our commitment to engage other ocean users, such as commercial fishermen, throughout the full life cycle of our projects and utilize local partners to bring commercially successful and mutually beneficial projects to life,” said Ken Bowes, Vice President of Siting and Permitting at Eversource. “We are excited to work with Sea Services on our Northeast projects.” 

“Our partnership with Ørsted and Eversource not only ensures enhanced safety and protection of the ocean environment, but also will support the region’s economy by creating new jobs and providing an economic opportunity for our fishermen,” said Sea Services CEO and co-founder, Gordon Videll. ”When our vessels and crews are not fishing, we will be providing Ørsted and Eversource with 24/7 monitoring of all designated wind project assets, as well as monitoring and education for vessels traveling in designated areas. As wind farms mature grow, so will opportunities for the Sea Services consortium.”

“We are powered by a growing collective of experienced, pragmatic and knowledgeable fishermen from throughout the Northeast with a deep understanding of our shared marine environment,” said Sea Services North America fleet manager and co-founder, Gary Yerman. “Sea Service’s scalable consortium business model allows boats from various ports to sign on to Sea Services’ standards of safety and coordination.”