The U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) Offshore Energy Facilitation Task Team (Offshore Energy TT) is hosting a virtual industry listening session on Nov. 16, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST.

The purpose is to hear directly from segments of the offshore wind industry regarding issues and impacts in mitigating munitions and explosives of concern (MEC) within Outer Continental Shelf wind lease areas and near project areas including easements. Industry stakeholders are invited to articulate their current concerns and any recommendations related to MEC at the virtual listening session or in writing to [email protected] by Dec. 15, 2021.

Offshore Wind Energy Development: Public Industry Listening Session Regarding Mitigation of Munitions and Explosives of Concern Within Offshore Wind Lease Areas

To access the listening session via Teams ~ Click here to join the meeting
Or call in (audio only), (US) 509-931-1572, Passcode 305506280#.

Offshore wind energy stakeholders who intend to speak at this session are requested to email [email protected] by Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, to be included with a list of presenters. The order of presenters is first-come, first-served. We appreciate if remarks could be kept to a 10-minute summary and one person per company. Additional comments may be submitted to [email protected]. This listening session is intended to hear stakeholder input without engaging in a dialog. Once all oral comments or those received via the chat function in the Teams application during the webinar have been received, the session may disband early. Written comments will be accepted until Dec. 16, 2021.

We welcome comments related to the following questions:

  1. What are your current ongoing MEC/UXO related challenges, issues, unresolved concerns, and how often do you encounter them?
  2. What are the lessons learned by your previous experiences handling MECs/UXOs?
  3. What steps can the Task Team take to facilitate industry's development efforts to fill any identified gaps in existing best practices and protocols?

Please direct questions to [email protected].