Vineyard Wind downplays insurance hazard


At a Friday early morning job presentation hosted by the Cape Cod Technological Council, a Winery Wind executive downplayed the prospect vessel insurers will prohibit their plan holders from passage via the Vineyard Wind 1 offshore wind farm. 

In some destinations in Europe there has been “exclusion,” Vineyard Wind director of public affairs Nathaniel Mayo claimed, but for “far a lot more dense” wind farms. He explained Winery Wind 1’s turbine spacing of 1 nautical mile by just one nautical mile as various, the most sparse offshore lease configuration nevertheless conceived. 

Originally, he declared assuredly that insurers would not block vessels from transiting. “That’s not likely to be the solution, and hasn’t been the approach, and won’t be the approach that the U.S. normally takes,” he explained. Having said that, he softened that stance a number of moments later.

“With one particular-nautical-mile separation, is that a issue that is heading to make insurers wary?” he questioned. “I would place that in opposition to the context of the energetic fishing that has transpired in Europe close to European offshore wind amenities … I’m not a maritime insurance provider … and I know there’s been a good deal of dialogue about this, but stepping back again, it looks unlikely.”

Having said that, Annie Hawkins, executive director of the Liable Offshore Advancement Alliance (RODA), a coalition representing fishermen, a short while ago informed The Times she felt it was an unknown if insurers would permit vessels to travel within Winery Wind 1 or the farms that will come just after that undertaking

“The underwriters will not remedy the dilemma,” Hawkins claimed. 

At the Friday meeting, Mayo pointed out fishing enter into the offshore lease areas has been ongoing due to the fact 2009. 

He pointed out that initially, a significantly greater lease space was beneath thing to consider. Scallops and sea duck habitat have been among the the elements that diminished the lease location size “before the developer even entered the space.” 

In 2017, he reported, Winery Wind 1 had a larger envelope, as it consisted of “upwards” of 106 turbines. That shrank to 84 turbines, and then 62 turbines, he said. 

And discussion with fishermen and regulators helped Vineyard Wind and other developers arrive at “one by 1 nautical mile east-west spacing,” which he explained as a “majorly significant” result. 

“As much as the fundamentals of layout,” Mayo mentioned, “fishing pursuits have experienced a lot more input in terms of advancement of Winery Wind 1, and kind of the trajectory of this field, than nearly any other stakeholder.”

He said going forward, there will be a shared maritime surroundings. “There will be use and there will be conflicts, but we have worked tough to mitigate people,” he explained. 

He pointed out Vineyard Wind has given tens of thousands and thousands of bucks towards research focused to environmental mitigation attempts.

On another note, Dana Rebiero, Massachusetts group liaison for Vineyard Wind, highlighted the position creation expected for New Bedford. New Bedford will be the staging space for the design of Vineyard Wind 1. 

Rebiero stated she’s been given optimistic feed-back from the local longshoremen’s union. “They’re heading to have a entire new field to operate in,” Rebiero reported. “This is reinvigorating what they do.”

Questioned what the complete price tag of the venture will be, Mayo mentioned he could not supply a certain determine himself, but based on conjecture from industry watchers, the price the figure was “in the realm of $2.5 billion,” or as he put it, “what individuals typically are citing as the value for a task of this dimension.”