Offshore wind project moves forward

began installing foundations for the Rhode Island company’s offshore wind energy demonstration project, marking the start of the first ocean wind energy project in U.S. waters. Gulf Island Fabrication, Houma, La., and Specialty Diving Services, North Kingstown, R.I., fabricated the five 1,500-ton steel structures, which will support five Alston Haliade 150 turbines producing up to 30 MW. Manson Construction,Seattle, and New Jersey-based Weeks Marine are on the job with the 433’x128′ Bold Tern self-propelled jackup crane vessel operated byFred Olsen Windcarrier as the main work platform. Onshore, Blount Boats, Warren, R.I., has begun building a 69’x24’x8’10” aluminum crew transfer vessel (CTV), the first CTV for the U.S. offshore wind industry. — Kirk Moore


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