Information for Mariners

Discover how Ørsted is committed to working with the maritime community

Marine boat at an offshore wind farm

Mariners Briefings

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:

Northeast Mid-Atlantic

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 Fisheries Direct Compensation FAQ


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. 

South Fork Wind Construction Communications Survey

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.

Complete the survey here

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Working with the fishing community

Ørsted is committed to maintaining a strong working relationship with all commercial and recreational fishermen who may be affected by a wind farm or wind farm activities in and around a lease area. We believe that good communication is essential to creating understanding between those who provide food for our tables and those who provide electricity for our homes. While not all conflicts can be resolved through communication alone, open and honest interaction helps to manage conflicts when they arise and identify ways to avoid or mitigate impacts that may occur.


Fisheries Communication and Outreach Plan

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.

Instructions for Gear Loss Claim 

Gear Loss Claim Application

Notice of Appeal

Our Marine Affairs Team

Ed LeBlanc | Head of Marine Affairs

Phone: 978-447-2737 Email:

John Mansolillo | Northeast Marine Affairs Manager

Phone: 401-145-5467 Email:


Norm Witt | Mid-Atlantic Marine Affairs Manager

Phone: 240-972-0903 Email:

Ross Pearsall | Senior Fisheries Relationship Manager

Phone: 857-278-2442 Email:

Rodney Avila | Corporate Fisheries Liaison

Phone: 857-332-4479 Email:




Julia Prince | NY/CT Fisheries Liaison

Phone: 857-348-3263 Email:


Kara Gross | Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Liaison
Phone: 857-330-7699 Email:


Dana Nelson | Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Liaison
Phone: 443-365-7158 Email:

Claire Hodson | MA/RI Fisheries Liaison
Phone: 857-260-1007 Email:


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