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Seatower DNV Certified Foundations

In Feb 2015, Seatower installed a foundation in the British Channel at the Fécamp offshore site. From signing the contract with DONG, EDF EN and wpd offshore and till installation happened, it only took 9 months. Seapower’s exclusive use of local ships and tugboats made a tremendous difference in the cost and timetable of the project, which could have a huge impact on the U.S. offshore wind industry, as it injects money into the local economy and cuts down on installation time using no special purpose vessels, purely tug boats.

Traditional steel foundations have historically required high costs, complicated installation procedures, and large factories to house them in. Seatower foundations, built using crane-free gravity, are mass produced simply, flexibly and cost-effectively. Without the use of large cranes or large factories, requiring no long transport routes, they are produced locally where they will be installed. Seatower and the company’s unique installation method has been DNV certified since 2009, with over $8 million US invested and numerous patents acquired.

Aeolus Energy Servicing was recently recognized as Small Business of the Year. 

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Building a Business Network to create increased opportunities for Members

The offshore wind industry is at a crossroad. Read morea


Abby HopperAbby Hopper receives first Outstanding Achievement in Offshore Wind Award

Abigail Hopper received the first Outstanding Achievement in Offshore Wind Award during the Network’s Annual Dinner on April 22nd. Abby has shown unwavering perseverance for passing MOWEA, national leadership and created a partnership with Denmark, with whom Maryland and many people in the industry have benefited. Read more


Mark Rice Honored with Special Recognition Award

Screen Shot 2015-05-06 at 2.37.11 PMCongratulations to Mark Rice who received a Special Recognition Award at the Network’s Awards Dinner. Read more

 

 


Apex Companies, LLC Honored as Member of the Year

Screen Shot 2015-05-06 at 2.37.02 PM Congratulations to Apex Companies, LLC, who received the Member of the Year Award at the Network’s Awards Dinner. Read more

 

 


Maryland Offshore Wind 2015 Annual Meeting – success!

Our Annual Offshore Wind Meeting and Dinner on April 22-23 was a great success. Held in the Orioles Warehouse in Camden Yards, 177 people attended from 130 businesses.


Please help us welcome our new Board members:

  • Joe Greco
  • Alex Giles
  • Cindy Plavier-Truitt
  • Johnny Olszewski, Jr
  • Peter Sandborn

More information about them can be found here.


May 28, 2015|The Network’s Annual Meeting April 23rd was a huge success!

Thanks to our sponsors, members and attendees.  Over 70 businesses were represented with over 140 people in attendance.  We hope you found the information helpful and made plenty new contacts.  Sadly, our beloved Orioles did not fare so well in the game.


Leadership Maryland announced that Elizabeth Burdock, Executive Director of the Network, is one of 50 Maryland leaders chosen for Leadership Maryland’s Class of 2015.

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Member company Seatower installs cranefree foundation in the British Channel

This new type of foundation for offshore wind turbines is regarded as a potential game changer due to fast and efficient installation procedures without the use of offshore cranes or special purpose vessels.

The first Seatower Cranefree Gravity® foundation for offshore wind was successfully installed in the British Channel approximately 15 km off the French coast at the Fécamp offshore site at 30 meters water depth. The installation was carried out by MT Højgaard on February 9, 2015. The hollow Seatower foundation was towed out to its desired position by two tugs and then deployed by letting seawater flow into the hollow foundation. The foundation was thereby fixed to the seabed by its own ballasted weight. Read more.


No Job for Wimps: Maintaining Offshore Wind Plants

Offshore wind plants need on-site maintenance. On the high seas, and far away from the coast, that’s no easy job! Maintenance requires courage, experience and technical know-how. We accompany service technician André Carstens during his work.


Maryland Offshore Wind Industry Takes the Next Step

Critical news about two leases to develop wind farms in federal waters off Ocean City. If built, the two wind farms will cover almost 80,000 acres, roughly half the size of Howard County. Listen to the NPR story here:

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Maryland Energy Administration testified before the Maryland House of Delegates that they are hopeful by 2018 that the turbines will be up and spinning. Pat Warren reports for CBS Baltimore:


 

The Business Network for Offshore Wind receives DLLR EARN Grant.

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