New Bedford Offshore Wind Conference 2023
and Sponsored by Vineyard Wind
Thursday, Oct. 5th, 2023 - Friday, Oct. 6th, 2023
The New Bedford Offshore Wind Conference 2023 was an immersive, two-day offshore wind industry event that offered both in-person and virtual program options. The event offered participants insight into industry trends, opportunities, challenges, and demonstrated how New Bedford is positioning itself to become a leading hub for offshore wind and model cluster of diverse marine industry businesses and assets.
The event included keynotes, panel discussions, interactive program tracks (Workforce Development & Training, Supply Chain, and Innovation & Technology). Ample networking took place with industry professionals, local businesses, and key stakeholders at the center of advancing offshore wind in New Bedford and the Commonwealth.
Thursday, October 5th
Opening Remarks & Keynote Presentations: 9:05-10:20 a.m. at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, Cook Memorial Theater
Welcome: Jennifer Downing, New Bedford Ocean Cluster; Keynote Presentations: John Mitchell, Mayor of New Bedford; Jan Kjaersgaard, GE Renewables; Klaus Moeller, Vineyard Wind
Break: 10:20-10:35 a.m.
Panel Discussion on Fishing & Offshore Wind Coexistence Challenges & Opportunities: 10:35-11:35 a.m. at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, Cook Memorial Theater
Panelists: Eric Reid, New Bedford Ocean Cluster & New England Fishery Management Council; Crista Bank, Vineyard Wind; Gordon Carr, New Bedford Port Authority; Capt. Jarrett Drake, New Bedford Lobsterman
Lunch: 11:35 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, Harbor View Gallery
Break: 12:30-1:00 p.m. (Board buses and travel to program tracks)
Program Tracks: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Workforce Development & Training, “Developing a Diverse & Equitable Offshore Wind Workforce of the Future” at Bristol Community College’s National Offshore Wind Institute
Track includes a facility tour, fireside chat with NOWI leadership, and a panel discussion with industry leaders.
Speakers & Panelists: Jennifer Menard, Bristol Community College; Dr. Alan Lowden; Dr. Cynthia Brown, IWNL Energy; Carlos Avila, New Bedford Ocean Cluster; Jennifer Cullen, Vineyard Wind; Jennifer Daloisio, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center; Callum Dewar, Maersk Training
Supply Chain, “Building the Offshore Wind Supply Chain in Massachusetts: Reflecting on Progress and Preparing for the future” at Shoreline Marine Terminal North, Pope’s Island, Sponsored by Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Track includes a facility tour, panel discussion, and engaging roundtable discussion with industry leaders.
Speakers & Panelists: Bruce Carlisle, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center; Dan Kent, Vineyard Wind; Michael Quinn, Quinn Fisheries & Shoreline Offshore; Vicki Chapman, Chapman Construction Group; Philip Hamels, Jan De Nul; Joel Whitman, Foss Offshore Wind; Matt Cadwallader, TerraSond
Innovation & Technology, “Fisheries & Offshore Wind: Advancing Science and Opportunities for Innovation” at UMass Dartmouth’s School for Marine Science & Technology
Track includes a facility tour, presentations, and panel discussion with industry leaders.
Speakers & Panelists: Kevin Stokesbury, UMass Dartmouth; Pingguo He; Steven Cadrin, UMass Dartmouth; Travis Lowery, Vineyard Wind; Tim Barrett, Owner/Operator of F/V Odessa and President of Northeast Fishing Sector 10
Port Asset Tour #1: 3:30-4:15 p.m. and Port Asset Tour #2: 4:15-5:30 p.m. at Cuttyhunk Ferry, 66B State Pier, New Bedford(rotating tours)
Speakers: Gordon Carr, New Bedford Port Authority; Andrew Saunders, New Bedford Foss Marine Terminal; Tim Griffin, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Free time: 3:30-5:30 p.m. We encourage you to explore historic, downtown New Bedford during your free time. We recommend a visit to one of the following locations, which are in walking distance to the waterfront.
Cocktail Reception: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at The Black Whale
After-Hours: 8:00 p.m. Not ready to call it a night? These great spots are in walking distance to The Black Whale:
Friday, October 6th
Networking Breakfast: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, Harbor View Gallery
Speaking Program I: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, Cook Memorial Theater
Vineyard Wind 1- Electrical Service Platform
Anthony Janeczek, Semco Maritime Operations Manager
Andrew Saunders, New Bedford Foss Marine Terminal; Gordon Carr, New Bedford Port Authority
From Chemistry to Offshore Wind
Megan Eddings, NewWave Chief Strategy Officer
Break: 11:00 – 11:15 a.m.
Speaking Program II: 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, Cook Memorial Theater
From Catch to Current: Transforming New Bedford Fishing Vessels into a Renewable Energy Pioneer
Ed Washburn, Coast Line Transfers Managing Director/Partner
Fireside Chat: Vineyard Wind & Chapman Construction Group
Dan Kent, Vineyard Wind Labor Relations Manager; Vicky Chapman, Chapman Construction Group President
Break: 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch, Self-Guided Museum Tours, Offshore Wind Industry Videos in Cook Memorial Theater