BCC brings Maersk to New Bedford

Re-Port of New Bedford: April 2021

NEW BEDFORD, MA – Building the workforce necessary for an offshore wind energy industry off the coast of New Bedford, Massachusetts now has the wind at its back. 

Bristol Community College’s National Offshore Wind Institute (NOWI) has announced that it’s entered a global partnership with one of the world’s largest providers of offshore wind training, Maersk Training.

A joint press release states that “The collaboration is the next step in securing Bristol’s National Offshore Wind Institute as the region’s leader in basic safety training and basic technical training programs certified by the Global Wind Organisation (GWO).”

BCC President Laura L. Douglas comments that, “This partnership will connect the college’s faculty and staff with the expertise of industry experts throughout Maersk Training’s expansive global network and will strengthen the development of employment opportunities for Bristol students in the offshore wind supply chain.”

Sources tell us a state-of-the-art training facility will be located along the waterfront at the Port of New Bedford in the North Terminal area, roughly across Route 18 from the Quest Center and Groundwork coworking space, home of the New Bedford Ocean Cluster at 1213 Purchase Street. (Area pictured above.) 

The curriculum envisions students learning aspects of engineering technology such as electrical machinery, fluid systems, materials science and strength of materials, and also receiving hands-on experience with assembly, installation, operation and maintenance of wind power systems.

“Bristol remains at the forefront of preparing our residents for good careers in the emerging offshore wind industry,” said Massachusetts Senator Mark Montigny (D-New Bedford), according to the release – which you can read in full here

“Their partnership with experienced experts in this field will ensure our workforce is equipped with the knowledge and skill set necessary to lead the region and the Commonwealth.”

IN OTHER NEWS:

|| New Bedford’s Foley Fish has been acquired by The Chef’s Warehouse, which previously purchased another iconic city business, Sid Wainer & Son, in early 2020. FULL STORY HERE.

|| The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center reopened in April with a new exhibit – “More than a Job: Work and Community in New Bedford’s Commercial Fishing Industry.” FIND OUT MORE AT THIS LINK

|| The New Bedford Ocean Cluster took the measure of Godzilla, Kong and the GE-Halidade X wind turbine to share the news about MassCEC’s virtual offshore wind energy instruction program. You don’t need HBO Max; you can CHECK IT OUT HERE

|| Seastreak is launching their season early this year. On Wednesday, May 5, fast ferry service from the Port of New Bedford to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket will resume. Their main website is the best place to view full schedules and find social media links; LOG ON HERE

|| The New Bedford Ocean Cluster: If you’re interested in aligning your marine-based service, business or organization with the cluster, contact us at renewables@newbedfordoceancluster.org.