New Bedford Ocean Cluster February 2023 Newsletter

New Bedford Ocean Cluster February 2023 Newsletter

NBOC at Home and on the Road

This month, we are excited to share with you NBOC plans for the upcoming spring season. Our focus on growth continues as we gear up for a busy few months of travel and engagement efforts to raise the profile of the Port of New Bedford and support our local marine businesses. Toward that end, we have exciting news to share regarding our operations and expansion efforts.

First, we are thrilled to announce that we are looking to hire a Business Development Manager as our second staff person. This strategic move is aimed at expanding our capacity to assist local businesses and provide more opportunities for networking, learning, and information sharing. It will also help us achieve a  key goal of attracting commercial investment in our local marine industry economy. Read more or apply for the position here. We are also excited to announce that the NBOC is a participating employer in the “Closing the Experience Gap” program funded by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and will be bringing on an intern from UMass Dartmouth over the next 12 weeks to support our Act Local program. The goal of “Closing the Experience Gap” is to expose UMass Dartmouth students to careers in offshore wind.

Additionally, we are launching our Fisheries Advisory Committee, which will play a key role in building out one of NBOC’s key pillars: Commercial Fishing & Processing. The individuals who will make up the Committee have significant fishing industry experience and a deep knowledge of the Port of New Bedford. (We’ll bring you more news about this next month, as well as plans to bring on more members to our Board of Directors.)

Hitting the road, we are excited to attend the Business Network for Offshore Wind International Partnership Forum in Baltimore in March. NBOC will be attending, exhibiting, and speaking at the event. Our very own Executive Director, Jennifer Downing will be a speaker on a panel focused on innovation clusters and the benefits of community-based organizations in improving the livelihood of local maritime communities. (See more under “Events” below.)

Finally, we are thrilled to share that the NBOC and six local businesses will visit Denmark as part of a U.S. delegation of offshore wind companies in April. This trip will offer our local companies an opportunity to network and explore business opportunities with Danish offshore wind companies and visit key offshore wind industry sites, including the successful Port of Esbjerg. 

We hope that you are as excited as we are about these upcoming significant milestones and the growth they represent for the NBOC and our local businesses. We remain committed to supporting our local economy, bringing commercial investment to the Port of New Bedford, and expanding our role as a convener, connector, and partner to its dynamic maritime business community. 

Thank you for your continued input and support.


The NBOC Team


Bristol Community College’s National Offshore Wind Institute (NOWI), located in New Bedford, MA, is currently seeking Basic Safety Trainers and Basic Technical Trainers. The trainers will go through an extensive Train the Trainer program to become GWO certified, including eight weeks of training with NOWI partners at Maersk Training – who are GWO certified. (GWO is the globally recognized training standards organization for offshore wind.) Find out more here.

PAID INTERNSHIP: The NBOC is hosting an internship through the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and supported by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s Closing the Experience Gap program. We’re excited to participate in the program and provide a student the opportunity to work in the Offshore Wind industry! Learn more here.

VINEYARD WIND: Review current openings associated with Vineyard Wind 1 at this link. Please note that project construction will be done by companies contracted by Vineyard Wind.


COASTIN’: Massachusetts coastal lawmakers presented several pieces of legislation  that would advance marine industries while also focusing on wildlife conservation and habitat protection. Southcoast Today looks at how the legislation could affect New Bedford. 

COMMERCIAL FISHING PLAN: NOAA Fisheries released its draft National Seafood Strategy. It is open for public comment through March 16, 2023. Written comments can be submitted at this link.

A FIRST FOR VINEYARD WIND: Vineyard Wind, a joint venture between AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR), and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), recently submitted its first annual report to the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) entitled, “Vineyard Wind 1 Impact on Jobs and Economic Output.” Read it at this link.

OFFSHORE WIND IMPACT: The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is moving forward with the next key step for the development of one of Massachusetts’ offshore wind farms. On February 13, BOEM announced the availability of the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed SouthCoast Wind (formerly Mayflower Wind) energy project offshore Massachusetts. It begins a process of a 45-day comment period as part of the review by BOEM as the project moves into the final stage of permitting and approvals. Read more here.

THE BIG PURCHASE: The U.S. Department of Agriculture will buy Atlantic haddock, pollock, and perch from domestic fisheries on the U.S. East Coast to supply food banks. Saving Seafood has the story here


APPLY BY MARCH 1: The Massachusetts Maritime Academy has added a second date to their Spring 2023 Career Fair. Thursday, March 29 is sold out, but if you register by March 1, space will be available on the second date of Friday, March 30. You can do that at this link.

ON MARCH 2, Massachusetts High School Educators and Students are invited to an invitation-only event: Premiere Sustainable Career Pathways Video Series & SustainWDN™ Green Job Shadow Day. Oscar Tobacia, Offshore Wind Engineer Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, will be on hand for the premiere of The Insitute’s Sustainable Career Pathways Video Series. In this video series, Oscar shares his journey and encourages young people to find mentors to guide them as they explore their careers. The Institute’s Sustainability Coordinator Trevor Tanaka will share the Climate Education Curriculum’s Sustainable Career Pathways. Register here.

BEGINNING MARCH 7: Vineyard Wind and the Offshore Wind Business Network are sponsoring a free, three-day training for local business owners examining how they can be a part of the supply-chain needed for offshore wind development. Happening on March 7, 8 and 9 at the Verdean Veterans Memorial Hall on Purchase Street in New Bedford, it will be geared toward under-represented groups – African-American, Native American, Women, Veteran, Portuguese-American and LGBTQ+ owned businesses. Reserve a spot at this link.

BEGINNING MARCH 12: The Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America takes place March 12-14, 2023 in Boston. See what’s in store here.

MARCH 28-30 – The 2023 International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum (IPF) will take place in Baltimore, Maryland. The IPF is the premier offshore wind energy conference in the Americas. Hosted by the Business Network for Offshore Wind, IPF connects global leaders and businesses in the supply chain, offers unparalleled networking opportunities, and delivers the most timely and relevant updates on the industry, from technology and policy, to safety and siting. (Find out more here.)

NBOC Executive Director Jennifer Downing will be a speaker on the following panel: What a Cluster! The Benefits of Community-Based Organization – The word “cluster” can bring up many different connotations, but the goal of community-based clusters is to improve the livelihood of local communities, environment, and other focus areas. 

As it relates to offshore wind, “cluster” generally refers to a group of organizations or businesses clustered around a space, whether conceptually or physically in one space, to embody and represent the idea of strength in numbers. All clusters have their own personality, depending on their focus areas. 

Representatives from community-based clusters in Massachusetts, like the New Bedford Ocean Cluster, and Rhode Island will share the work on their collective clusters and the impacts they are having on the community at large.


The New Bedford Ocean Cluster maintains an ongoing social media presence on Facebook and LInkedIn. You can “Like” and “Follow” each page to receive news updates throughout the month between newsletters. #NBOC #newbedfordoceancluster

Thank you to our partners and members!

New Bedford Ocean Cluster January 2023 Newsletter

New Bedford Ocean Cluster January 2023 Newsletter

If you build it…

We’re all familiar with the saying “If you build it, they will come” from the classic Kevin Costner film, “Field of Dreams.” In essence, it means that if you put effort and faith into the success of a project, It’s more likely to succeed.

On Thursday, January 12 at the New Bedford Offshore Wind Career Fair, roughly 500 people came to the Andrea McCoy Recreation Center in the city to show that they’re prepared to put their effort and faith into the burgeoning offshore wind industry in the greater New Bedford region.

City of New Bedford Jon Mitchell took to Twitter to write, “If @VineyardWindUS’s jobs fair today was any indication, Greater #newbedford is ready to dive right in with an industry that at long last is about to launch in the US.”

Former Mayor – and current NBOC Board of Directors President – John Bullard told radio station WBSM, “The message of this jobs fair is that offshore wind is here today.”

The station’s report captured the exuberant feeling at the Career Fair: Booths were lined along the gymnasium with local companies, labor organizations, and major national corporations such as General Electric that were looking to hire. There was also a virtual reality booth where attendees could get an immersive experience on what it’s like to work on a wind turbine.” 

We’d also like to note that Trinity Day Academy students, facilitated by two Culinary Instructors, served some delicious chow from their cool new food truck (pictured). After all, you can’t build the future on an empty stomach!

If there was a festive mood in the air at the New Bedford Offshore Wind Career Fair, it’s because there was so much on the table. Southcoast Today reported that “Open positions at the career fair included electricians, welders, pipe fitters, mechanics, fabricators, carpenters, painters, laborers, technicians, marine life observers, GIS analysts, deck hands, mates, captains, safety managers, equipment operators, project managers and many others.” 

The NBOC was thrilled to co-host the Offshore Wind Career Fair with Vineyard Wind and New Bedford Parks, Recreation, and Beaches. 

“I think this is only the beginning,” Klaus Mueller, CEO of Vineyard Wind, told Southcoast Today. “We expect to hire at least 200 out of this effort and for the future there’s other projects after us. Also the wind farm is expected to go on for 30 years so there will be plenty of opportunities.”

We agree – and look forward to partnering with the OSW industry to help to promote and facilitate future offshore wind career fairs and Meet-the-Buyer events to engage our local businesses in the industry. Because the wind energy farms we’re creating off our coast aren’t just fields of dreams any longer.

They’re today’s reality.

In fact, the NBOC is hiring, too! We’re seeking a full-time Business Development Manager to support the organization’s business engagement, recruitment, and retention objectives as they relate to both cluster membership and attracting long-term investment to advance New Bedford’s marine economy. Please see the full job announcement at this link for more information.

  • Jennifer Downing, NBOC Executive Director



FREE TRAINING: The NBOC is pleased to share that the Business Network for Offshore Wind and Vineyard Wind are offering a free one-day training (valued at $325) on the offshore wind energy supply chain. The training is titled “Offshore Wind Ready” and it is geared towards businesses based in Massachusetts that are owned by underrepresented groups, including women, veterans, global majority members, tribes, people with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ community. This training is an excellent opportunity for businesses to learn more about the offshore wind industry and how to enter the supply chain. It will take place on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 from 10 AM to 4 PM at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Along with the training, breakfast and lunch will also be provided. Click here to register.

PAID INTERNSHIP: The NBOC is hosting an internship through the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and supported by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s Closing the Experience Gap program. We’re excited to participate in the program and provide a student the opportunity to work in the Offshore Wind industry! Learn more here.

VINEYARD WIND: Review current openings associated with Vineyard Wind 1 at this link. Please note that project construction will be done by companies contracted by Vineyard Wind.

NBOC Welcomes Blue Tech Delegation to New Bedford

The NBOC hosted a group of over 40 marine technology companies on Thursday, January 26 in New Bedford. About 20 of the companies represented a Canadian delegation organized by the Consulate General of Canada in Boston. 

The visit to New Bedford, which included a speaking program and tours of the Port and the School for Marine Sciences & Technology (SMAST), was planned in coordination with the Blue Innovation Symposium, the premier event in New England for connecting the marine technology industry for education, networking and facilitating partnering opportunities. The conference brings together a broad spectrum of representatives of the marine technology industry from the US and beyond. 

Presentations were made by Mayor Jon Mitchell, NBOC Executive Director Jennifer Downing, New Bedford Port Authority Director Gordon Carr, Bruce Carlisle from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, and Mark Sullivan of the Massachusetts Office for International Trade and Investment.

NBOC Executive Director Jennifer Downing commented, “Advancing blue technology in greater New Bedford is an important pillar at the New Bedford Ocean Cluster. With the Port of New Bedford’s commercial uses expanding to include offshore wind and aquaculture, and with its proximity to leading marine science institutions like SMAST and WHOI, greater New Bedford is poised to become a vibrant ecosystem of blue tech companies. We look forward to working more closely with the Blue Venture Forum and other well-established blue technology networks to explore opportunities for innovation that can strengthen our marine economy and address the sustainability and health of the ocean.” 

The NBOC wishes to thank Toby Stapleton at the Blue Venture Forum, Erin Daily Donahue at the General Consulate of Canada in Boston, and Dr. Ramprasad Balasubramanian at UMass Dartmouth for supporting the event.


Get ready for Greentown Labs #GoEnergize2023! Go Energize 2023 with Vineyard Wind and MassCEC seeks to decarbonize the energy sector through the responsible development of the domestic offshore wind industry. In a new program, they are seeking collaborative innovations that change how energy is generated, stored, transported, and consumed. Go Energize 2023 is seeking applications from startups with a technology readiness level (TRL) of 3 and higher. Applicants should also be actively commercializing or looking to commercialize within the offshore wind industry. Apply by April 4, 2023 at this link.

Join NOAA on February 8-9 for a virtual symposium to hear from the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) regarding aquaculture literacy mini-grantees that work to enhance public understanding of aquaculture. Register here.

Lobster Days! At the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center – Thurs. and Fri., 2/23 & 2/24 • 11am-3pm at the Center (38 Bethel Street, New Bedford) • FREE: Kids bored during school vacation? No longer with the return of Lobster Days! Visit the Center for crafts, story time, and lobster-themed fun. Working lobstermen will be on hand to answer questions and teach you about these interesting critters!


MA Governor Maura Healey at UMass Dartmouth.

LIMITLESS POTENTIAL: MA Governor Maura Healey describes the South Coast as “a place with limitless potential” for renewable energy innovation during a visit to University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. See what she said here.

GE FELLOWS: A GE Fellows Program has been established at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and will offer scholarships to MA students and workers preparing for careers in the state’s burgeoning wind power and renewable energy industries, with a focus on women, people of color, and residents in underserved communities. Read all about it here.

ON THE NEW BEDFORD WATERFRONT: A revised redevelopment plan and attendant zoning now focus on the periphery of the New Bedford Foss Marine Terminal site around the intersection of MacArthur Drive and Leonard’s Wharf. See what’s on the drawing board here.

DEEP DIVE: How New Bedford Harbor was made more resilient and ready for future development from the company that performed harbor clean-up operations. The inside scoop here

COMMERCIAL FISHING TECHNOLOGY: A new program to plan low- and zero-emissions energy technology for the Massachusetts fishing industry is getting nearly $2 million as part of the recently passed federal Omnibus Appropriations Act for 2023. National Fisherman has the story here.

IN COD WE TRUST: The New England Fishery Management Council has approved a new strategy that it said has a 70% chance of rebuilding cod stock by 2033, per the Associated Press.


The New Bedford Ocean Cluster maintains an ongoing social media presence on Facebook and LInkedIn. You can “Like” and “Follow” each page to receive news updates throughout the month between newsletters. #NBOC #newbedfordoceancluster

Welcome New Members!

This month we extend a warm welcome to new NBOC members Coast Line Transfers, LLC, Common Sense Environmental, Inc., and HeliPPE. They join our partners and members below. 

Membership in the NBOC provides an opportunity to help shape future growth and advancement from the best possible vantage point. Membership keeps you informed on developments happening across marine industries locally and over the horizon. 

If you’re interested in becoming a member, contact Jennifer Downing, NBOC Executive Director (

Thank you to our partners and members!

New Bedford Ocean Cluster December 2022 Newsletter

New Bedford Ocean Cluster December 2022 Newsletter

Looking back and facing forward…

The past year was a significant one for the New Bedford Ocean Cluster. After laying the groundwork for several years, the NBOC took some giant leaps forward to become an active force in New Bedford’s maritime economy. As 2022 draws to a close and 2023 beckons, we’d like to reflect on where we’ve been and we’re going.

Soon after I started at the NBOC, I conducted a listening tour of a wide range of marine businesses and stakeholders to better understand the landscape. What I learned in those conversations contributed to the development of a one-year organizational work plan and three-year Offshore Wind Strategic Roadmap. 

Our outreach and engagement will continue into 2023, as we work to assemble industry-led advisory committees to give voice and strategic direction to all our pillars – commercial fishing and processing, aquaculture, innovation and technology, and offshore wind. These valuable committees will ensure that the NBOC continues to develop itself in ways that will support the priorities and concerns of New Bedford’s marine business community, positions the organization and region for growth, and aligns itself with the values of a multifaceted maritime economy.

The NBOC thus made a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and through the establishment of our DEI Committee and solidifying DEI within our by-laws, we have outlined several important first steps to make sure the values of access and inclusion are woven into who we are as an organization. 

We also launched a membership initiative in 2022, which we’ll look to ramp up in the coming year. A robust cluster starts with a diverse and insightful membership. NBOC member companies will be a part of a growing marine industry who share a passion for doing business in New Bedford and who wish to expand their visibility and success. Our goal is to keep the NBOC member network up to date on developments happening across marine industries locally and beyond; to offer regular events to share new innovations and provide an opportunity for business-to-business networking, and exposure for your company. And finally, through the connections we’re making at the national and international level, we’ll help to facilitate valuable connections to support the growth of your business.

Meanwhile, we continue to implement and enhance our Act Local program, which has at its core making connections between top tier offshore wind companies and local businesses who have services and products that can support the offshore wind industry. We are thankful to Vineyard Wind for their investment in seeding this important local program that we hope will grow to support other offshore wind projects here in the Commonwealth.

We also launched an Offshore Wind Wall of Achievement, a campaign to showcase and promote local companies that are already winning business in offshore wind. Local companies like Imtra, A.I.S. Observers, Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding and others will be highlighted widely to bring attention to their businesses and to inspire other companies to get involved. If you are working in OSW and want to be a part of our campaign, please let us know. We want to promote your success in the year ahead!

During 2023, the NBOC plans a significant build out of our website to include a local supply chain directory and an interactive platform to serve as a clearinghouse of information, to better connect buyers and sellers, and  to support and facilitate marine business-to-business engagement. 

This monthly newsletter is also part of the initiatives we undertook during 2022. Communicating with all of you on a regular basis is a core principle of our commitment to the greater New Bedford region.

Finally, we look ahead to 2023 with gratitude and excitement for the relationships and partnerships we are building with incredible industry associations and cluster organizations across the globe. We have learned, and will continue to learn, so much from our friends at the Iceland Ocean Cluster, Belgian Blue Cluster, Denmark Energy Cluster, and NOF and Energi Coast in the UK.

So, thanks for reading and enjoy the best of the holiday season with friends, family and coworkers – until we meet again in 2023!

Happy New Year from the New Bedford Ocean Cluster.


  • Jennifer Downing, NBOC Executive Director


OFFSHORE WIND JOB FAIR: Please join the New Bedford Ocean Cluster, Vineyard Wind, and New Bedford Parks, Recreation & Beaches on Thursday, January 12, 2023 for an Offshore Wind Job Far at the Andrea McCoy Recreation Center, 181 Hillman Street, New Bedford, from 3-7:00 p.m. Learn about the extensive opportunities available in the wind industry, from office to offshore; 25 companies, ACTIVELY HIRING, will be in attendance, as well as training and educational organizations. Reserved a spot at the free event at this link.


WANT TO WORK IN OFFSHORE WIND? Review current openings associated with Vineyard Wind 1 at this link. Please note that project construction will be done by companies contracted by Vineyard Wind.


THE TWO CLUSTERS: The NBOC had a great morning hosting Gustavo Ferraz de Luna of the Energy Cluster Denmark here in New Bedford early in December. Gustavo had an opportunity to visit several of the city’s offshore wind port assets, including the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal, New Bedford Foss Marine Terminal, North Terminal, and Shoreline Marine Terminal. We look forward to continuing to explore how our two clusters can collaborate to strengthen the blue economy. (Thank you to Tim Griffin, Andrew B. Saunders, Ceasar C. Duarte Jr., John Regan, and Michael Quinn for sharing their experiences during the port tour!)

STATE INVESTMENT: Four major Port of New Bedford projects are set to receive $80 million in funding from the state. City of New Bedford Mayor Jon MItchell commented, “New Bedford can compete for jobs and investment from offshore wind, fishing and other maritime industries if it has useful infrastructure ready for them.” Read all about the projects here

STATE INVESTMENT Part II: The $80 million investment at the Port of New Bedford was part of a larger package announced by Governor Charlie Baker during a press conference held at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Wind Technology Testing Center in Charlestown. In total, the Baker administration on Tuesday, Dec. 20  announced $180 million in infrastructure funding for projects designed to support the state’s burgeoning offshore wind industry. Boston Globe story here

TALKING TURBINES: Reporter Jeanette Barnes looks at exactly how Vineyard Wind will be built. “Towers are shipped in sections and assembled at the staging port — in Vineyard Wind’s case, New Bedford.” Read and listen here

HOMECOMING: The historic Ernestina-Morrissey schooner returned to the Port of New Bedford last month. On Sat. Dec. 17 a homecoming celebration was held on State Pier, and you can view a photo slide show of the special event here

COMMERCIAL FISHING: A new 10-year rebuilding plan for Gulf of Maine cod has a 70 percent probability of rebuilding the beleaguered stock by 2033, according to the New England Fishery Management Council’s latest changes to Northeast groundfish management. National Fisherman has the details here

FUNDING PROPOSAL: Nine Northeast states have set out to develop a regional fund to compensate the fishing industry for impacts and economic losses caused by offshore wind development. After more than a year of discussion, they are now seeking feedback from both the wind and fishing industries. Full details here.

THE SURVEY SAYS: NOAA Fisheries and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) are announcing a joint strategy to address potential impacts of offshore wind energy development on NOAA Fisheries’ scientific surveys. Find out more here


The New Bedford Ocean Cluster maintains an ongoing social media presence on Facebook and LInkedIn. You can “Like” and “Follow” each page to receive news updates throughout the month between newsletters. #NBOC #newbedfordoceancluster

Thank you to our partners and members!

New Bedford Ocean Cluster November 2022 Newsletter

New Bedford Ocean Cluster November 2022 Newsletter

This month, we’re taking a deep dive into the Offshore Wind North East (OWNE) Conference which recently took place in Sunderland, United Kingdom. 

NBOC Executive Director Jennifer Downing and City of New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell traveled to the conference in early November to highlight the competitive advantages New Bedford holds for European wind companies seeking to establish a presence in the United States.

Upon her return, Jennifer sat down with writer Steven Froias for a Q & A to discuss the trip and share her insights into the offshore wind industry in the UK and in the U.S. 

Here’s the interview:

Before we begin, how was the flight across the pond and did you have any jet lag?

The flight was good! We had smooth travels to and from the UK. There’s always a day or two of jet lag when you travel overseas, but not too bad overall. 

This is your second time going to the United Kingdom for the New Bedford Ocean Cluster. How useful has it been to discover how the offshore wind industry has developed there?

NBOC Executive Director Jennifer Downing and New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell (center) at the Offshore Wind North East Conference.

Incredibly useful. The UK has been at this for decades, so New Bedford can learn a lot from not just their successes, but also their mistakes and challenges. This trip was particularly useful and gave us insight into ways to further develop and enhance the Port of New Bedford, as well as how the NBOC can best support local businesses to participate in the supply chain. We also gained insight into important elements needed to cultivate innovation and start-up activity to support offshore wind industry growth, as well as the blue economy more broadly.

What general lessons have you taken away from OWNE and brought back to the New Bedford area?

Overall, I left the UK feeling reassured. New Bedford has been positioning itself for well over a decade to be a hub for the offshore wind industry and I believe we are continuing to move in the right direction. 

The city has prioritized port infrastructure development for several years now. Since 2014, New Bedford has secured over $900M for port projects (completed and currently being planned). We’ll need to keep up our work to build new, and upgrade existing, port infrastructure into the future if we are to remain competitive and meet the ever-evolving needs of offshore wind.

One of the NBOC’s priority marine industry areas is Innovation & Technology because we understand that continued development and growth of the blue economy depends upon the introduction of new ideas, solutions, and efficiencies. This sentiment was reinforced during our trip. During our visit to New Castle, the mayor and I had the opportunity to visit the Newcastle Helix, an impressive innovation hub that has done an amazing job bringing together the research and business community to collaborate and bring innovation to marketplace. Creating something similar in New Bedford is of huge interest to the NBOC, and we look forward to exploring with key players like the MassCEC, UMass Dartmouth, Bristol Community College and industry about how to make this happen for our region. 

More specifically, supply chain logistics are a critical element of building a sustainable offshore wind industry. Europe and the United Kingdom have a head start on the United States. Was there one single element of a robust supply chain you learned about that the NBOC can replicate here?

The UK indeed has a head start on the U.S., but they also have their own supply chain challenges as their industry continues to grow and the country (like the U.S.) works to meet ambitious climate goals.

What I’m learning as I talk to experienced companies overseas in OSW is that the approach to supply chain development, particularly as it relates to creating local content, needs to be quite targeted to have an impact. The OSW supply chain has a lot of different areas (and nuance). Technical assistance to businesses cannot be one size fits all. It needs to be more granular and will take hand holding and direct support. 

As a local organization with a focus on New Bedford and the region, the NBOC is well-positioned to get into the weeds with area businesses and help them to really dig in and understand the opportunities, issues, and challenges in their respective area of the supply chain. The industry is new here, so working with local partners, and well-established companies in OSW and other cluster organizations will be important as we do this to ensure business assistance is based on actual, on-the-ground experience, know-how, and best practices.

I also think it is important to have a good sense of your existing supply chain and where there are gaps. We are just about to complete a supply chain gap analysis at the NBOC so we can be more targeted with both our business assistance, as well as our business recruitment efforts. 

City of New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell (center) getting a close-up look at offshore wind infrastructure at the Port of Blyth.

You traveled to the conference with New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell – and he was the only American to actually address the conference. What kind of competitive advantage does this give the Port of New Bedford as an offshore wind hub in Massachusetts?

The mayor did a great job addressing Offshore Wind North East conference attendees. His remarks provided a comprehensive overview of U.S. industry trends and New Bedford’s many strengths and industry advantages. Anytime you have the chance to get in front of a wide audience of industry leaders it’s good for business and North East England has some of the most successful OSW companies, ports, and industry associations in Europe. 

You’ve also attended various other conferences in the United States, from Boston to Virginia, pertaining to offshore wind. Have you discovered any differences in the dialogue in the States relative to industry policy?

I find the dialogue in the U.S. at present to be consistent. All the states and ports developing offshore wind are grappling with many of the same challenges. 

One area of conversation that I’m particularly keen to follow relates to the need for collaboration across state lines. The industry is very competitive in the U.S. While competition is healthy, and even necessary for a robust and thriving economy, continued development of the U.S. offshore wind industry will require coordination and cooperation across not just states, but also ports. 

Finally, as the first Executive Director of the New Bedford Ocean Cluster, which itself is in the process of being built collaboratively with city and regional partners and supporters, what was the primary message you hoped to leave with people at the OWNE Conference in the United Kingdom? 

You have an industry partner in New Bedford. New Bedford has been at the forefront of developing offshore wind in the U.S., much like the UK has been in Europe, for over a decade. Our regions can both experience economic benefit from each other’s leadership in this industry.


NBOC Executive Director Jennifer Downing also recently sat down with the Massachusetts Maritime Academy for an interview with their Academy Magazine. You can view the PDF pages from the magazine here. Massachusetts Maritime Academy is a fully accredited, four year, co-educational state university, located in Buzzard’s Bay, MA.


Massachusetts Clean Energy Center is seeking a Terminal Administrator for the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal. The terminal is a heavy-lift port facility built in 2015 to support the construction, assembly, and deployment of #offshorewind projects. The listing can be found on the opportunities page at this link.

The National Offshore Wind Institute (NOWI) is seeking an experienced staff to launch a full-service offshore wind training center – Global Wind Organisation certified – to support the offshore wind industry in the U.S. Positions to be filled include: Director National Offshore Wind Institute; Associate Director, National Offshore Wind Institute; Basic Safety Training Instructors; and Basic Technical Training Instructors. Full-time college benefitted positions and training provided by the NOWI. Interested? Contact NOWI through their website here for further details.

Semco Marine, an international engineering and contracting company dedicated to projects in the energy sector, is seeking an Operations Manager for its offshore wind operations. “We are looking for a technically experienced person with a real can-do attitude and flexibility to travel. You will primarily work from our office in New Bedford, USA,” they write. Find out more here.


New Bedford Port Authority Director Gordon Carr.

IN HIS OWN WORDS – “As an economic development professional…the opportunity to come here at this point, when there is so much activity, so much investment and so much future opportunity for the port, was irresistible.” Interview with New Bedford Port Authority Director Gordon Carr from The Public’s Radio here

MAYOR MITCHELL IN THE UK: The perspective from New Bedford City Hall on the Offshore Wind Northeast Conference in Sunderland, United Kingdom. Mitchell says his objective was to make sure the Port of New Bedford is top of mind whenever discussions by offshore wind companies take place about U.S. locations. Full news release here.

CALLING ALL UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS: The NOAA Fisheries’ Inclusive Fisheries Internship Program (IN FISH) and Woods Hole Partnership Education Program (PEP) are now accepting applications for the summer of 2023. These are paid, 10-week internships that help build a diverse and inclusive workforce and provide students from underrepresented groups in marine and ocean sciences with practical experience in marine and environmental science. Applications for both programs are due February 10, 2023. Learn more here and apply here

TALKING SEAFOOD: The webinar at this link features speakers highlighting some of the needs and opportunities within the Massachusetts Seafood System via Urban Harbors Institute UMass Boston

MASSACHUSETTS CLEAN ENERGY CENTER’S Accelerators Program provides grants to Massachusetts accelerators for specific activities with the goal of growing the cleantech innovation ecosystem and commercializing early stage cleantech startups. Grants fund accelerator activities, including operations and management expenses, events and educational series, growing strategic clusters, prizes, and scholarships for their current cohort of startups. Grants are up to $120,000 per year and award payments are typically tied to accelerator deliverables and to startup scholarships and support. Application deadline for the next round is Jan. 2, 2023. Learn more at this link.

HIGH-TECH MAMMAL DETECTION: Vineyard Wind and Charles River Analytics announced a new collaboration aimed at further protecting marine mammals during the construction of the Vineyard Wind 1 project. Find out more here.

CLEAN ENERGY LEADERS WANTED: Greentown Labs and Browning the Green Space have launched the Advancing Climatetech and Clean Energy Leaders Program (ACCEL), seeking applications from entrepreneurs who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color (BIPOC) and are building climatetech startups. The program is a unique partnership between Greentown, the largest climatetech startup incubator in America, based in Somerville, MA, and BGS, a nonprofit dedicated to making clean energy and other climate-related fields more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. Applications for ACCEL are due by Dec. 23. Interested entrepreneurs can learn more about the call for applications here.


// FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2 – WOMEN ON WATER: The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center hosts Women on Water at 7:00 p.m. Learn about the different ways women are involved in the fishing industry in their own words during the discussion. Bayman Flo Sharkey (Patchogue, NY) and Shinnecock tradition bearers Josephine Smith and Shavonne (Shinnecock Nation, Southampton, NY) will discuss their experiences on the water alongside other women local to the New Bedford area. Free; register at this link

// MON. DEC. 5 & TUES. DEC. 6 –  National Offshore Wind R&D Symposium 2022 is a two day in-person and virtual conference showcasing NOWRDC’s project portfolio. Comprised of keynote talks and project presentation panels organized around technical challenge areas, the conference will take place December 5 & 6 in-person at Northeastern University and be live streamed virtually on Hopin. Register at this link

// TUESDAY, DEC. 13 – The BUSINESS NETWORK FOR OFFSHORE WIND will hold a free one-hour webinar beginning at 11:00 a.m. to learn about the national offshore wind standards initiative and its objectives. Learn about the emerging U.S. offshore wind compliance recommended practices and how they impact your business. Register here

// OVER THE HORIZON: The 2023 Seafood Expo North America will take place March 12-14 in Boston, MA. Registration to attend or showcase is open now at this link


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The 2022 NBOC Annual Meeting in photos

The 2022 NBOC Annual Meeting in photos

The NBOC held its first Annual Meeting on Oct. 12. About 100 people gathered at the New Bedford Whaling Museum for an update on the organization’s first year of operations, as well as official ocean cluster business. Special remarks were provided by New Bedford Mayor, Jon Mitchell, and Dr. Ramprasad Balasubramanian, Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation at UMass Dartmouth. The meeting was followed by a lively reception in the Museum’s Jacobs Family Gallery. Read all the news from NBOC on our October 2022 Newsleter at this link

Photos by Kepinski Photography