Re-Port of New Bedford: Nov. 2020

Steven Froias, writer

For and brought to you by the New Bedford Ocean Cluster

// The election of President-elect Joseph Biden promises a new focus on renewable energy. The Boston Globe writes, “Few industries stand to benefit more from the Biden administration’s arrival than clean energy, and the nascent offshore wind sector in New England could get a long-awaited boost as a result.” 

The story goes on to reference both the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal, and the Vineyard Wind project which will put it to use. Read the full article here.

// In New Bedford, ProCon Wind Energy has joined the New Bedford Ocean Cluster at this opportune moment. ProCon Wind Energy provides custom-built electrical solutions and technical equipment for the global wind industry both onshore and offshore. 

They announced the news on their LinkedIn page with the following:

“We are pleased to further announce that our local US office will be located at Groundwork (Coworking, 1213 Purchase Street, NB), joining the local community of Offshore Wind companies in the Port of New Bedford, Massachusetts.

“Here, we will become a part of a growing offshore wind cluster ready to provide Developers, OEMs, EPCIs and fabricators with specialist solutions.

“In addition to this, we are pleased to be supported by Xodus Group in the establishment of our US presence. Thus, we already have boots on the ground, have started developing our setup to meet customers, understand local stakeholder requirements, and we are actively engaging with the local supply chain. 

“Consequently, we have also become a part of the New Bedford Ocean Cluster.

Our US office can be reached on Tel: +1 508 817 508 6 and/or mail: mail@procon.as, but if you want to learn more about ProCon’s activities in the US, please contact either Thomas Dybro Larsen or Thomas Padfield.

“You can also visit our website here for more on our solutions and track-record.”

Expect to read more about their arrival and role in the New Bedford Ocean Cluster in a future post. 

// In case you missed it: The New Bedford Ocean Cluster’s Alex Thillerup took part in the UMass Dartmouth Marine Renewable Energy Conference – the subject of our last blog post. Read the report at the link, “Owning the Blue Economy on South Coast.”  

// Pope’s Island – home to the Port of New Bedford’s Pope’s Island Marina – is experiencing a  bit of a business boom. A new True Value Hardware store is bringing home and marine supplies to the island, while Standard Marine Outfitters is expanding its footprint by renovating the former Fairhaven True Value Hardware space. Follow Standard Marine Outfitters via their Facebook page here for updates. 

// Vineyard Wind is offering both free flu shots and free Covid-19 testing to fishing industry families every Thursday through Dec. 17 in the parking lot of City Pier 3. 

They write, “Free flu shot and COVID-19 testing is open to all fishermen including commercial, for-hire recreational charter vessels, and out of state fishermen as well as their family members. Also, Flu shots and testing will be available for fishing industry shore/dock side workers as well.

“Signing up in advance is optional. Contact Shelly Miranda at the Port of New Bedford to schedule yourself or your crew: 508-961-3000 or shelly.miranda@newbedford-ma.gov.”

// Speaking of Vineyard Wind, the company has inked a transmission deal for the Vineyard 1 project. Read the details here

// Finally, while the Port of New Bedford has weathered the pandemic storm better than most commercial fishing ports – with a nice assist from the USDA – seafood consumption is taking it on the chin. You can read why that is via this article from WGBH Boston.

Follow New Bedford Seafood here and please remember to support local seafood whenever possible by taking advantage of the terrific fish markets in our region.