From Windpower Engineering: The challenge to the nascent U.S. offshore wind industry is to learn from the experiences of European offshore wind, U.S. offshore oil and gas, and onshore wind, and then come up with a reasonable set of best practices and standards. This will lead the industry toward an initial safety position that is proactive and near ideal. Doing so will avoid the scenario in which after someone is seriously hurt and every agency that can, reacts by applying too many rules. That was the message from Ron Beck at the recent AWEA Offshore Conference in Atlantic City, NJ.
Beck had more to say about safety along with the three other panelists who have formed Ocean Readiness, a partnership that aims to develop onshore health and safety (Tanjia Maynard), workforce development (Meagan Amsler), and offshore wind-project installation (Joel Whitman). The four partners bring a wealth of skills and experience from their primary organizations, Beck – Tetra Tech, Maynard – PMSS, Amsler – Cape and Islands Self-Reliance, and Whitman – Whitman Consulting Group. Full Story >>