Mariners Briefings are submitted as needed to the U.S. Coast Guard, distributed to the fishing community and interested mariners on a regular basis, and posted below.
The notices include details of current operational activities offshore, location of the work, information about the vessels being used, as well as future outlooks. The briefings are issued as needed.
View the most recent Mariners Briefings here:
Ørsted contracted vessels will be performing offshore activities within the lease areas and along projected cable route corridors. along the cable route and within the lease area. During those times, all mariners transiting or fishing in the survey area are requested to provide a wide berth to these vessels as they will be limited in their ability to maneuver (VRAM) and may be towing gear out to 300 meters behind the vessel.
Vessels in the vicinity of Ørsted contracted vessels should operate in a manner that will not endanger the vessel or associated equipment.
South Fork Wind Fisheries Direct Compensation (RI/MA)
South Fork Wind is committed to working with the fishing community and has established a mitigation fund to pay all valid fisheries claims. While South Fork funds this program, claim eligibility and payment is administered through third parties set up by the States of Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
South Fork Wind Construction Communications Survey
As part of Ørsted's Fisheries Communications Plan, Marine Affairs is implementing a survey to evaluate the effectiveness of its South Fork Wind construction communications. We appreciate you taking the time to complete this survey.
At Ørsted, we understand the importance of remaining available to the maritime and fishing community.
Additional information related to project operations:
Ørsted is conducting fisheries monitoring surveys in our lease areas and along our cable routes in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Below are the most recent notices for scientific monitoring studies:
Ocean Wind 1
South Fork Wind
We want to hear from you
At Ørsted we realize the importance of stakeholder outreach to better understand how our lease areas are utilized. We also recognize the necessity of being available to address questions, comments, and concerns. A large part of our outreach is done via face-to-face, meetings and out on the docks, but we are continually finding ways to speak with new people, especially in this time of social distancing. Therefore, we have created a new online stakeholder survey which may be completed at any time and is applicable to our projects in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. The survey can be taken anonymously and all answers will remain confidential.
Fishing gear conflict prevention and claim procedure
(as of January 2021)
As good neighbors and fellow ocean users, Ørsted recognizes the possibility of offshore wind activity and commercial fishing gear encounters. We believe that with proper communication and training, there will be limited gear interactions, if any, in connection with the installation and operation of our offshore wind farms. In the event that there is a gear loss caused by or resulting from Ørsted’s activities, we have provided a claim/damage procedure at the link below. The prevention procedures are by no means exhaustive and will continue to be modified and improved.
Our Marine Affairs Team
Ed LeBlanc | Head of Marine Affairs
Phone: 978-447-2737 Email: EDWLE@orsted.com
John Mansolillo | Northeast Marine Affairs Manager
Phone: 401-145-5467 Email: JOMAN@orsted.com
Norm Witt | Mid-Atlantic Marine Affairs Manager
Phone: 240-972-0903 Email: NORMW@orsted.com
Ross Pearsall | Senior Fisheries Relationship Manager
Phone: 857-278-2442 Email: ROSPE@orsted.com
Rodney Avila | Corporate Fisheries Liaison
Phone: 857-332-4479 Email: RODAV@orsted.com
Julia Prince | NY/CT Fisheries Liaison
Phone: 857-348-3263 Email: JULPR@orsted.com
Kara Gross | Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Liaison
Phone: 857-330-7699 Email: KARGR@orsted.com
Dana Nelson | Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Liaison
Phone: 443-365-7158 Email: DNELS@orsted.com
Claire Hodson | MA/RI Fisheries Liaison
Phone: 857-260-1007 Email: CLAHO@orsted.com