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Offshore Construction Associates: My First Four Months

by Cameron McPartland

I joined Offshore Construction Associates as Project Consultant in July 2019 after several years of managing small-scale construction projects and working in the fishing industry. My experience over the last four months has shown me how that experience is relevant to many aspects of large-scale offshore construction projects, but also how there is a constant need to incorporate new learning into my skill set.

I was in the audience when OCA’s Nick Wordsworth came to speak at MMA in April 2019

Learning Curve 

On initially joining OCA, I became heavily involved in an ongoing offshore wind farm project. I immediately assumed duties in assisting the foundations package manager and fabrication package manager. This included the organization of discussions between designers, engineers, suppliers and developers, preparation of tender documents, and involvement in many of the interface meetings. As a result, I’ve gained invaluable insight into the offshore construction project management process.

Current Projects 

I’m now working on transport and installation feasibility analysis for multiple offshore wind projects, and not just in the USA. I’m already utilizing what I’ve already learnt, but also realizing the different challenges that new markets present.

Another key part of my role is developing in-house programs that align with OCA’s company objectives – particularly in expanding US based offshore wind resources. One such task is to help create an interactive program that is designed to upskill new entrants into the offshore wind industry. Using OCA’s resources and experience, this program will be offer a breadth and depth of that knowledge that goes beyond publicly available information, and is designed to be a more efficient and practical approach to a conventional three or five-day course.  

I’m also developing a contingency program that will help guide projects when certain issues arise. Over the last three months, I‘ve witnessed many of the challenges and areas of concern encountered while developing an offshore wind farm in a new market and I plan to address these in that model.  The management team at OCA are committed to minimizing risk and having the proper solutions in place for when unexpected events occur, and from my previous experience working at sea I know how important this approach can be. 

Future Plans 

My previous construction and fabrication background blended with my current offshore project consultant role has helped me to assure my future goals and aspirations. A key skill I plan to hone further is that of project management in order to enhance my knowledge of large-scale offshore projects, specifically in the US offshore wind industry.  

My goal is to achieve maximum market expertise and provide distinct project management services that cannot be replicated. I want to be more informed in creating value throughout a project’s lifecycle, whether it be planning in the office or ensuring safe execution in the field. Offshore Construction Associates and my own goals are completely aligned – they are supportive in my efforts to extend my knowledge and committed to me adapting to all potential scenarios.  

As someone who strives to become a more versatile player in the offshore wind industry and believes that no problem is too complicated, I’m really enjoying my time working at OCA and hope to progress may career with them for a long time to come. 

march 2019

OCA Welcomes Martin Christensen, our new US Business Manager

OCA are delighted to announce the appointment of Martin Christensen as the new US Business Manager. Martin will be based in Boston and will lead OCA’s US services, managing and developing our team in Massachusetts, and also deliver his wide ranging expertise to our Clients.

Martin has nearly 15 years’ experience in the energy industry and military, working on project development, project management, finance, engineering and construction scopes. Most recently, he has project-managed the development and delivery of greenfield and brownfield energy infrastructure projects totalling $350 million during which he created corporate cost savings in excess of $10 million. He has extensive knowledge of the energy project permitting process, the negotiation of project labour agreements and the management of local supply chains within the New England region. Combined with OCA’s global experience and knowledge, we are confident Martin will provide a highly valuable resource to the ongoing development of the US offshore wind industry.

OCA’s Max Cantrell welcomes new US Business Manager, Martin Christensen

If you would like to find out more about Martin’s skill sets and how OCA’s experience and range of expertise could help your business, please reach out to us via the Contacts page of our website.

Boston Office

AWEA Offshore Wind Conference 2019 – Boston

Michael Saint James and Nick Wordsworth will be at the conference to discuss how OCA can add value through our service delivery here in the US.

If you would like to find out more about OCA’s experience and range of expertise, please reach out to either Michael or Nick through the conference networking tools, or via the Contacts page of our website.

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SUNY Offshore Wind Power Conference 2019

Michael Saint James and Cameron McPartland will be attending the Ocean Wind Power Conference at SUNY Maritime College next Thursday, 26th September.

Along with key industry players, they will be focusing on developing the support infrastructure and skilled manpower needed to construct and then operate the extensive pipeline of offshore wind projects in the US.

They will also be available to explain how OCA are actively engaging with the market stakeholders and developing our own resources to provide local expertise to the industry.

If you are also attending and would like to learn more about how OCA can contribute to your efforts in the US offshore wind industry, please reach out to either Michael or Cameron directly or by email to

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Cameron McPartland joins our US team

We are pleased to announce Cameron McPartland has joined our US team.

Cameron joins us with several years experience of project and supply chain management with a fabrication contractor.  He also has local experience from the maritime logistics, finance and fishing industries in Massachusetts.

As a Project Consultant, he will use his experience of local supply chain and construction management to support deliver of offshore wind project services from our Boston office.

For permanent opportunities to work with Cameron and develop your career in offshore wind with OCA in Boston, please feel free to visit our Careers page.



Attending GOW 2019

OCA will be attending the GOW 2019 conference in London on 25th and 26th June 2019.

We will be meeting with key industry developers and suppliers to discuss how we can add value to their work in the UK, and further afield in the US and APAC markets.

Feel free to reach out to Max or Nick to make contact.


Project Consultant US006 – Flexible Structures

Role Summary

The primary focus of this role is to provide professional engineering support to our offshore wind Clients in the US. It will also include ad-hoc support to deliver growth in the US consultancy business. 

What We Offer

We will provide direct project experience from day one, working on major offshore wind projects. This could involve travel in the US, Europe or globally, and working offshore during construction. We will support you with training to help develop and grow your offshore wind industry knowledge and capabilities. This will involve travel to the UK and direct interaction with our extensive network of Associates.

Who We Need

We are looking for a driven and outgoing individual who wants to enter the new US offshore wind industry and grow their career within our organization. If you have engineering & project management experience in the US construction or marine industries, we are very keen to hear from you.

Role ID: US006 Role Title: Project Consultant - Flexible Structures Reporting to: Senior Offshore Consultant & Manager Manager for: None Base Location: Boston, MA


Engaging with Mass Maritime

OCA completed a successful visit to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay earlier this week.

We met  with faculty and students as part of OCA’s planned schedule of activities to support the industry locally in the US, following the establishment of their office in Boston earlier this year.

The visit started with a tour of the training facilities, including the new sites for the GWO offshore course equipment. This was followed with a very positive discussion with the Faculty Team regarding how OCA could support the incorporation of  offshore wind expertise into their programmes.

The visit concluded with Nick Wordsworth giving a presentation to a  keen audience of Academy students. A brief overview of the industry and process of construction was followed by a section highlighting the opportunities available for future careers. Students were then engaged in discussion about their own expectations, including the intern opportunities with OCA as detailed in the Careers section of our website.

We look forward to continuing our engagement with MMA students, faculty and alumni, and the wider maritime sector, providing our expertise where it can most add value to support the offshore wind industry in the US.

IPF 2019

Meet us at IPF 2019

Michael J. Saint James

Our lead consultant, Michael J. Saint James, will attend IPF 2019 in New York next week and is looking forward to meeting other industry professionals to learn how he and OCA might help them achieve the results they need.

Michael joined our new office in Boston earlier this year and brings with him a wealth of knowledge gained from a 40-year global maritime career. This includes six years in the offshore wind industry in Europe, where he was responsible for a fleet of large jack-up installation vessels.

Using his network of industry connections throughout Europe and the US, Michael continues to facilitate collaboration with OEMs, developers and others, to constantly update and refine industry best-practice guidance, to ensure as close an alignment as possible on both sides of the Atlantic.

We hope the additional experience and expertise available to Michael within OCA will further enhance the contribution he is making to US offshore wind  as it continues its rapid evolution.

OCA looks forward to capitalizing on offshore wind opportunities in the U.S. and is currently recruiting for a number of US-based roles in the Northeast.

Michael J. Saint James can be reached at

MSJ 2019

Michael Saint James joins our US team

We are pleased to announce Michael Saint James joins our US team from the start of April.

As our Lead Consultant for Offshore Operations, he will utilise experience from a 40-year global maritime career to support our US client base. After 25 years at sea, he has spent 15 years in shore-based management and consulting. This included 6 years in Europe, where he was responsible for a fleet of large jack up vessels, deploying them to various projects including foundation & turbines installation, O&M works and decommissioning assignments. Michael has also worked with developers to assess the suitability of prospective port facilities and to optimise the vessel-port interface during execution of offshore activities.

Michael will deliver his practical expertise on maritime logistics & marine operation requirements as part of our Boston team, supporting the development of our other personnel and the local industry.

For permanent opportunities to work with Michael and develop your career in offshore wind with OCA in Boston, please feel free to visit our Careers page.

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