Offshore wind farm information for mariners | Ørsted

Ørsted is committed to working with the fishing community.


At Ørsted, we understand the importance of remaining available to the maritime and fishing community during these exceptional circumstances. Ørsted is now hosting virtual port hours every Monday and Wednesday. 

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Mariners Briefings

Mariners Briefings are issued to the United States Coast Guard (USCG), the Fisheries Liaison, and posted here.

The briefings include details of current operational activities at the wind farm, where we are working, information about the vessels being used, as well as future outlooks. The briefings are issued as needed.

View the most recent Mariners Briefings here:



Fisheries Monitoring:

Revolution Wind and South Fork Wind Acoustic Monitoring Study

South Fork Wind Fish Pot Survey

South Fork Wind Ventless Trap Survey

South Fork Wind Gillnet Survey

South Fork Wind Beam Trawl Survey

South Fork Wind Export Cable Route Telemetry Study 

South Fork Wind Export Cable Route Trawl Survey

Sunrise Wind Export Cable Route Telemetry Study 

Sunrise Wind Export Cable Route Telemetry Study Fact Sheet 

Sunrise Wind HabCam Monitoring Study

Ocean Wind 1 eDNA, Acoustic Telemetry, and Towed Camera Surveys

 Ocean Wind 1 Surf Clam Survey

Ørsted will be performing survey operations 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 survey vessels as they will be limited in their ability to maneuver (VRAM) and towing gear out to 300 meters behind the vessel.

Vessels in the vicinity of the survey vessel should operate in a manner that will not endanger the vessel or associated equipment.

To access the survey, simply scan the QR code! 

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

  • Block Island Wind Farm

    Block Island Wind Farm (BIWF)

    Located approximately 3 miles south east of Block Island, Rhode Island, the Block Island Wind Farm consists of five, six-megawatt offshore wind turbines, a submarine cable connecting the turbines, and a submarine cable from the northernmost turbine to an interconnection point on Block Island. The construction of the five turbines and the transmission cables was completed in 2016. The BIWF team has worked closely with mariners, including commercial and recreational fishing groups, to minimize impacts to the extent possible.

    View the most recent briefing 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

We want to ensure our impact on habitats, fishermen and other ocean users is minimized during the construction and operation of our offshore wind farms.

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 | Fisheries Stakeholders Relations 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:


Chris Sarro | RI/MA Fisheries Liaison

Phone: 857-276-1332 Email:


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

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


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