Wind Energy – Vineyard
Last week Vineyard Wind announced that cable installation for the first commercial-scale offshore wind farm has begun approximately 15 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard.
The company also announced that it expects to begin nearshore cable work off the south coast of Cape Cod in the coming days.
The work is being conducted by Prysmian Group, the global leader in subsea cable manufacturing and installation.
“For a project that has achieved many firsts, the beginning of offshore cable installation is perhaps the most significant we have achieved so far,” said Vineyard Wind CEO Klaus S. Moeller.
Prysmian is being supported by Foss Maritime, a US-based, unionized maritime service company. The firm’s Nicole Foss will assist with both the offshore and nearshore work in the coming weeks.
The fully Jones Act compliant cable installation process permits the use of both U.S. and specialized European-flagged vessels that work together. Fishing vessel Fleet King, which is being provided by Sea Services, is working alongside the Cable Enterprise to ensure good communication with fishermen and other mariners in the area.
In the coming weeks, Vineyard Wind will also begin nearshore at Covell’s Beach in Barnstable and will also employ fishing vessels to facilitate good communication with other local fishermen.