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Offshore wind turbines in the Irish Sea. Photo by Andy Dingley via wikipedia (CC 3.0)


America’s first offshore wind farm is nearing completion off Block Island. For the past few weeks, construction crews have been in the process of installing the turbines, 4 of the 5 structures have already been erected.

Ahead of schedule and on budget, operations are expected to begin in early November. When fully operational, the 5-turbine wind farm reportedly will produce enough energy to power 17,000 homes.

Wind farm outside Copenhagen. Photo by Andreas Klinke Johannsen (CC 2.0)


Deepwater Wind has also proposed a second wind farm off the coast of Long Island, that would produce 90 megawatts of wind energy. With 15 turbines proposed, the project would become the nation’s largest offshore wind energy farm, 3 times the size of the Block Island project.


posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee 

Transocean Winner. Photo courtesy of Petroleum Safety Authority Norway


Further investigation of the grounded Transocean Winner rig in the Outer Hebrides by The Maritime and Coastguard Agency, has revealed that 2 of its fuel tanks have been “breached” and are spilling an undetermined amount of diesel fuel into sea.

The Maritime ExecutiveThe government official in charge of the response effort, Hugh Shaw, said that no signs of the fuel oil had been detected near the site of the grounding, and that it may have already dispersed into the sea. Responders continue to monitor the area for signs of pollution. 

Foul weather is forecast for the remainder of the week, which could delay the salvage assessment. Tug Union Bear and the ETV Herakles are stationed nearby to assist as needed. Read more from The Maritime Executive here…


posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

Great North River Tugboat RaceSeptember 4th, 2016
10 days to go.

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