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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 mjstj@offshoreconstruct.com

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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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Vineyard Wind award to OCA’s US business

We are pleased to announce that OCA’s US business has secured an installation management services contract with Vineyard Wind. The award follows 12 months of successful support in Europe by OCA’s UK business, and will create jobs and further employment opportunities in Boston, Massachusetts and other locations in the US until at least 2021.

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

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US team’s first hire is Max Cantrell

The US team’s first hire is Max Cantrell.

Max has over 8 years of experience in delivering offshore wind projects, and is a professional civil engineer (Chartered with Institute of Engineers Ireland). His experience has been largely focused on cable projects, leading array and export installation works on multiple projects in Europe.  He also has experience of offshore foundations installation and O&M works.

In our US team, Max will provide day to day technical leadership for all service provision to our US Clients. He will also support the technical development of all new hires.

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

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New OCA office in Boston, MA

After over a year of active involvement and support to the US offshore wind industry, we are now cementing our presence in the market with permanent base:

Offshore Construction Associates (US) Inc
120 St James Street, Boston 02116 MA, USA
T +1 857 362 8209
E usa@offshoreconstruct.com

We have seen, from first hand experience, how the level of public and political will to make the US Offshore Wind Business work has increased in the last 12 months. The new office will enable us to support the ever growing number of projects being planned, and provide our expert engineering, management and advisory services locally. This will add value to our Clients’ projects through increased local knowledge and support for their wider political commitments to create an industry based in the USA.

For permanent opportunities with OCA in Boston, please feel free to visit our Careers page.

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AWEA Offshore Windpower 2018 – Looking for US Partners

OCA will be in Washington DC on October 16-17 to attend the AWEA Offshore Windpower 2018 Conference.

While the offshore wind market continues to thrive and grow in Europe, overseas developments are predicted to grow rapidly over the next few years. With this in mind, OCA will be in the US to look at expanding our current US services into a permanent presence. We are particularly looking for potential partners, employees and suppliers to help us deliver safe and efficient solutions to this exciting new market.

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International Tidal Energy Summit and Offshore Wind Europe 2017

OCA will be attending both the International Tidal Energy Summit and the Offshore Wind Europe 2017 events in London over the next two days.

While the offshore wind market continues to thrive and grow in Europe and beyond, there is a welcome focus on R&D in the tidal market, to integrate current industry knowledge (e.g. from Bay of Fundy demonstrator below) and develop news ways of reducing costs and controlling progress. OCA will be discussing how our experiences and significant lessons learned library can deliver offshore construction works faster and with lower risk to investors.

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Floating Wind: an Evolution or a Revolution?

Offshore Construction Associates is looking forward attending the Society of Underwater presentation tonight in London.

Floating wind has taken it to the next level in the last days with the world's first floating wind farm who started production in Scotland (Hywind) and the first floating WTG being installed in France (Floatgen).

Understanding the engineering challenges and the lessons learnt associated to Floating wind technologies is essential to OCA to optimize cost and to reduce risks on our Client Projects.

Come to meet us!

FWP Atlantic Forum 2017

Attending to FWP Atlantic Forum 2017

We are delighted to announce that OCA will be in St Nazaire and Lorient, from the 02/10/2017 to the 04/10/2017, to attend to the Floating Wind Power Atlantic Forum.

Our Engineering Manager, Rémi Molinengo, will be available to introduce how our skills, knowledge and lessons learnt from wider industries can create value and opportunities for these innovative Marine Renewable Energy concepts.
We are also participating in the B2B matchmaking session, so if you would like to find out what OCA expertise can do for you, do not hesitate to contact us for a meeting.

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