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The development of offshore renewable energy is a new industry for North America with the first projects currently working their way through the development process. In Europe however constructing utility scale offshore wind farms has been underway for well over a decade, with thousands of turbines now installed offshore, producing several gigawatts of clean, renewable energy.

In North America, we have an opportunity to learn from this experience to ensure that the projects here benefit from the lessons learned in Europe and elsewhere. In the area of workforce development the importance of properly preparing the women and men who will do the actual work offshore in a manner which is safe and results in a high quality installation could not be more important.

To that end Ocean Readiness works with all types of interested parties from organized labor and government agencies to project developers and their suppliers to ensure that we are ready to work offshore. In the end, we all want the same thing for the projects in our local waters: Many Arms, Common Goals: Safety & Quality.


Getting Started: Offshore Workforce Risk Assessment

A common way to begin workforce readiness in a location without an established offshore wind market is to execute an Offshore Workforce Risk Assessment (OWRA) for offshore wind installation projects in a specific State, Province or Territory.

 The primary purpose of the OWRA is to identify in detail the issues related to Health, Safety and Commercial readiness necessary to prepare a workforce for the specific types of job functions associated with constructing an offshore wind farm.

 The secondary purpose of the OWRA will be to present a set of follow recommendations and tactics to be undertaken with the intent of ensuring workforce alignment with the expected timetables associated with the initial projects in a given location.

 Development of the OWRA will focus on best practices regarding Health, Safety and Commercial workforce readiness relative to following major packages of work on a typical offshore wind farm:

·       Foundation Installation

·       Turbine Installation

·       Offshore Substation Installation

·       Cable installation

·       Support vessel activity

The OWRA will approach each of these segments from four distinct areas of required expertise:

·       Offshore Health & Safety Standards:
        (minimum requirements v. accepted best practices)

·       Health, Safety and Commercial workforce training & development alternatives

·       Applicable US Maritime Regulatory Environment

·       European offshore wind project installation lessons learned

The output from this exercise will provides a greater understanding of the workforce readiness risks in each phase of project installation and the necessary steps to be taken to mitigate those risks prior to the start of project construction.