Deepwater Wind gets safety award, board seat at NOIA

Offshore wind energy developer Deepwater Wind was presented with a prestigious safety award at the annual meeting of the National Ocean Industries Association, where the company’s CEO Jeff Grybowski was also appointed to the group’s board of directors.

NOIA bestowed its 2018 Safety-in-Seas (SIS) Safety Practice Award for Deepwater Wind’s “innovative safety practices during and after the installation of Block Island Wind Farm, our nation’s first offshore wind farm,” according to a statement from the association.

Those innovations include the first U.S-flag crew transfer vessel (CTV), the Atlantic Pioneer, built by Blount Boats, Warren, R.I., and delivered in spring 2016, plus Deepwater’s use of a transfer/ascent/descent system using self retracting lifeline (SRL) fall-arrest technology to protect technicians working on turbines.

Deepwater Wind’s workforce logged more than 40,000 offshore work hours without a safety incident in the first year of the Block Island operation, according to NOIA.

Deepwater Wind CEO Jeff Grybowski with Charles Donadio of Atlantic Wind Transfers, left, and Blount Boats president Marcia Blount during construction of the CTV Atlantic Pioneer in 2015. Kirk Moore photo.

A big part of that success has been the Atlantic Pioneer, a 70’6”x24’x4’ aluminum catamaran that was WorkBoat’s 2016 Boat of the Year. Propelled with Hamilton waterjets powered by a pair of Tier III MAN V-12-1200CR engines, turning 1,200 hp at 2,100 rpm. Blount built the boat under license from....

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