b'working with the federal Ocean Energyongoing.Sothequaysidewasbuiltso Management about wind projects furtherthatyoucouldhaveaninternationally offshore since 2009.flagged cargo vessel unloading it at one end while you were loading U.S. flagged Offshore Wind Revolution standard at all the other.WhileRhodeIslandsBlockIslandSo saying, New Bedford is, by compar-wind farm became the first commercialison to the mega-ports of Europe, quite offshore wind in the US to be built andsmall. Its not designed to accommodate operate, that 30MW project is extremelyonsite construction or large-scale fabrica-small and contained. Massachusetts cantion, which is what has developed in Eu-claim bragging rights when it comes toropean purpose-built offshore wind ports. major offshore wind, while Rhode IslandWe dont have some of the same manu-[image 3.4-2]maybeclosebehindwithits400MWfacturing opportunities that you see else-Offshore wind projects off the coastRevolutionWindproject,approvedbywhere,saidEdwardAnthes-Washburn, of New Bedford, MA state regulators in May. This will be a jointexecutivedirectorattheNewBedford venture with Connecticut. PortAuthority.Therearesomethings that were not ever going to do because, Carlisle believes most of the staging forwe have a pretty productive commercial Revolution Wind will take place in Rhodefishing port and seafood processing sec-Island or Connecticut, but New Bedfordtorthatisveryvibrant. Wehavetobe might handle some of the overflow. Wesomewhat choosy on what to do.havent ruled out the ability of the termi-naltoprovidesomeoverfloworsomeNew Bedford also will be hard-pressed additional component or logistic support,tohandlemorethanoneprojectata or other poor areas of the port in Newtime, said Baldwin, adding, While it is Bedford, for example, to serve as an op- downstream of any bridges and there are eration and maintenance base, he said. no air-gap issues, vessels do have to tran-sit the hurricane barrier so there is a ves-TheNewBedfordterminalwasde- sel beam issue.signed with some flexibility in mind. The length of the quayside will allow simulta- However, because the Commonwealth neous delivery and pickup, crucial for anof Massachusetts paid for the facilitys de-offshore wind farm staging, where hugelyvelopment, wind farm developers wont expensive jackup vessels can ill afford tohave the burden of carrying costs on the sit idle. Add to this the further complex- port. Theyll just have to pay rent. This is ity of the Jones Act, which mandates UStheir preferred model, said Baldwin. flagged ships deliver goods within the US. There were some tense moments withThe terminal is built to sort of maxi- the failure of Cape Wind, said Carlisle. mize the logistical flexibility of a devel- But that said, we had taken the long view oper, explained Dolan. We wanted toon this. Cape Wind was a driver, but [the be able to have a deployment going onterminal] wasnt built for Cape Wind.whiledeliveryofcomponentswasstill 48 THE UNCONTAINED www.theuncontained.com'