(The Rhode Island Subsea Sector is profiled in the March 2013 edition of Marine Technology Reporter. Rhode Island Governor Lincoln D. Chafee offers insights on the wealth of opportunity found in his state).
As the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution, Rhode Island was at the forefront of innovation, entrepreneurial creativity, and economic transformation, beginning with the Slater Mill in 1793. Just as Rhode Island led our nation through the introduction of new manufacturing processes two hundred years ago, we continue to break new ground and promote economic growth through our maritime and defense industries, cutting-edge research institutions, and the Ocean State’s position as the country’s current leader for offshore wind energy.
Only in Rhode Island can you find such a diverse range of defense and maritime-related expertise concentrated in such a small geographic footprint. Our defense sector supports multiple Department of Defense and Homeland Security needs with a highly connected network of companies - from multinational corporations to start-ups that are moving out of the lab and into the marketplace. Rhode Island excels in manufacturing and developing technology for everything from sophisticated nuclear submarines to wooden skiffs.
From the establishment of the Newport Torpedo Station on Goat Island in 1869 to the emergence of today’s Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, Rhode Island has a long and proud history of leading the U.S. Navy’s undersea warfare research and system development efforts. Rhode Island’s excellence in undersea warfare has fostered partnerships between the defense and private industries that have created thousands of quality jobs and support a strong supply chain of growing businesses in the state.
Rhode Island has also made critical infrastructure investments in our ports, including the Port of Davisville at the Quonset Business Park - home to well-known firms like General Dynamics Electric Boat – and the Port of Providence. By taking steps to modernize our ports, one of our leading economic assets, we have expanded the capacity of Rhode Island to continue to be a premier hub for maritime activity for decades to come.
Rhode Island’s 400 miles of coastline has helped the state to become the center of world-class oceanographic research. As a leading institute of ocean education and research, the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography is playing a key role in the development of ocean science, spanning the core disciplines of marine geology and geophysics, biology, atmospheric and ocean chemistry, and physics.
In 1966, URI’s Department of Ocean Engineering was the first in the nation to establish Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Ocean Engineering. The program conducts research and trains a world-renowned workforce in ocean robotics, underwater acoustics, tsunamis, coastal circulation, marine geomechanics, ocean structures, and offshore energy generation. Graduates are employed by major corporations, small companies, and consulting firms, as well as major government research laboratories.
Rhode Island led our country in a major economic transformation at the end of the 18th century, and the state is positioned to do so once again by paving the way in exploring the sound and effective development of offshore wind energy. Through a partnership with the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Rhode Island has provided critical scientific and technical information to identify the optimal areas for offshore renewable energy development.
A critical part of this process has been Rhode Island’s investment of more than $10 million in the creation of an Ocean Special Area Management Plan (SAMP) for promoting balanced uses of our oceans. Rhode Island is the only state that has adopted a SAMP in federal waters with a specific focus on the development of offshore renewable energy resources. At the same time the Ocean SAMP was adopted, Rhode Island held a competitive process to choose a preferred developer for an offshore wind farm. The developer has already made significant investments to establish a wind farm in state waters off Block Island, which could well be the first offshore wind farm in the United States.
Utilizing the natural capital found throughout our state, Rhode Island will continue to lead as a regional and national center of excellence for renewable energy.
Just as they have throughout Rhode Island’s history, our defense and maritime industries, educational and research institutions, technological advances, and coastal infrastructure are key economic advantages. Rhode Island is open for business and continues to lead the way in the 21st century.
Lincoln D. Chafee, Governor, Rhode Island
(As published in the March 2013 edition of Marine Technologies - www.seadiscovery.com)
Rhode Island may be the smallest state in the union, but its vision of the future is as far reaching as the ocean lapping at its shores. Taking a page from the University of Rhode Island (URI) motto, “Think Big, We do!,” the Rhode Island Economic Development Corp. (RIEDC) is working hard to position the
One of the jewels in Rhode Island’s marine crown is the Rhode Island Ocean Special Area Management Plan (SAMP), a ground-breaking, standard-setting and nationally lauded approach to ocean management with a focus on renewable energy. Faced with increasing pressure on ocean resources from offshore energy
It’s powerful, it’s clean, and it’s something the Ocean State has plenty of: energy-rich offshore winds. Rhode Island, along with its designated developer, Deepwater Wind, hopes to be the first in the U.S. to harness that blow, starting with an initial, five-turbine, 30-MW demonstration project off Block
shelf region will be the focus for the ninth annual Center for Ocean Management Studies conference to be held June 16-19 at the University of Rhode Island. The conference will begin with an overview addressing the natural resources of the shelf, the changes in the concept and legal definitions
for ship propulsion. The report, "Resistance Reduction in Merchant Ships by the New Propulsion System," was prepared for MarAd by the University of Rhode Island. The New Propulsion System — the name of the concept — uses a hydraulic transmission outside the ship's hull. An axial-flow pump driven
, 2016, we watched as the fifth tower and associated nacelle was raised on the Deepwater Offshore Wind Farm approximately 3 miles offshore of Block Island, Rhode Island. This is the first Offshore Wind farm erected in the United States and, without a doubt, a huge step forward for this controversial project
Rhode Island may be the “red” state in terms of the state color, flower and tree, but it bleeds blue – Navy blue. That’s because the U.S. Navy is deeply anchored into the fabric of the Ocean State’s history and economy. Its roots stretch all the way back to the birth of an armed naval force in 1775, and to
, was commissioned on November 18 at Davisville, R.I. in special ceremonies. This 5,750- horsepower vessel is one of five sister ships now based in Rhode Island. A crowd of spectators, representing Rhode Island's leading citizens and the oil industry, watched as the vessel's sponsor Mrs. Paul L
Warren, Rhode Island-based shipbuilder Blount Marine Corporation recently launched and christened the latest addition to the growing Cruise International fleet, the dinner/excursion boat M/V Spirit of Boston. The Spirit was the first boat launched from Blount Marine's new shipway. Being constructed
waters in over fifty years. The Bridget 30 tugboat is one of several steam and diesel tugboats, ranging in length from 22 to 45 feet, built by the Rhode Island firm. She is powered by an oil-fired steam boiler made by Hobby Steam Boilers, Limited, of Slocum, R.I., driving a Semple Model 354 compound ste
boats have to go farther and get out and back faster then in times past. The Lady Frances is designed for that kind of service," says Jay Gallup of Rhode Island Engine, a Lugger dealer in Narragansett, R.I. For free literature about Alaska Diesel Electric's Lugger 6140AL diesel engine, Circle 25
BOATS: Credit: Greg Trauthwein Ferries, Offshore Wind Vessels Dominate Present, Future MarineNews recently visited the Blount Boats facility in Warren, Rhode Island. While the year 2019 might be the ‘year of the woman’ in the eyes of the International Maritime Organization, the two women at the head of
yacht design of? ces within 20 miles of BHG’s current Star of Saugatuck Boat Cruises. about how cool it would be to be your own boss. I think of? ce. “Rhode Island was a hub at the time,” Wood re- The company set up permanent shop in Rhode Is- our ? rst idea was designing luxury submarines,” said members
Delivery of Second Gladding-Hearn High-Speed Ferry Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, has delivered a second high-speed passenger ferry for Rhode Island Fast Ferry, Inc., for service between Quon- set Point, Rhode Island and Martha’s Vineyard. The vessel features the designer’s “S” bow hulls
projects ready to bust through intermi- Ocean WEAs OCS-A 512 and OCS-A 487, respectively. nable studies and studies of studies. Except for Block Island in Rhode Island, all the work on Indeed, there is a lot of offshore wind energy in the US offshore wind is still preliminary, really just a library. developmental
– the Atlantic seaboard, with projects totaling 3,110 MW of capacity are contracted to strong winds, a shallow continental provide electricity in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Con- shelf and a proximity to dense popula- necticut, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia. tion centers is driving
and Operations Plan. OCS-A 512 and OCS-A 487, respectively. ting requirements, awaiting ? nal okay from the Ohio Power Except for Block Island in Rhode Island, all the work on US Siting Board. Construction is slated for 2022. offshore wind is still preliminary, really just a library. Actually, The
include the delivery of a 113/320-ft. passenger boats, OSVs, polar icebreakers, self-unloading carriers and more. FBS has high-speed catamaran ferry to Rhode Island Fast Ferry. This is the second pas- also completed 14 engine repowerings which are more energy and emission senger catamaran built for the
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. Today, FURUNO is a total marine electronics manufacturer operating on a global scale with a great many 113’/320 passenger high-speed catamaran ferry to Rhode loyal customers. The product line consists of Radars, Fish Island Fast Ferry. This is the second passenger catamaran built for the operator. 2018
Harbor Group, Inc. (BHGI) is a full service na- val architecture, marine engineering and consulting ? rm located on the harbor in Bristol, Rhode Island. BHGI has been in business for more than 25 years and have produced numerous designs, to which hundreds of vessels have been built. BHGI
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?c, the service was from Marad was earmarked for the purchase of dockside equip- shut down. Various reasons were cited for its failure, among them ment in Rhode Island. Marad, in a prepared statement, said, “The the failure to cement a tie-up with a major ocean carrier. In the barge service will include a
of • 2016 – Block Island Wind Farm in Energy Policy Act, authorizing a produc- Finally, Norton emphasized the im- Maine’s Advanced Structures and Com- Rhode Island, starts up, the ? rst com- tion tax credit of 1.5 cents per kilowatt portance of DOE’s economic analyses posites Center. Dagher explained
I INSIGHTS: RENEWABLE ENERGY ment grants. This is especially true in the The Jones Act & OSW Wind project in Rhode Island, the ? rst aboard OSW support vessels. (This will cases of Maryland and Massachusetts. For the most part, we have found the commercial offshore wind farm in the be addressed in
and Eversource committed $4.5M of the turbines not being seen by local states acting through their governors and For example, BOEM and the National to Rhode Island, $3.5M of which will be beachgoers. state legislatures are setting very high Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) have used for higher education
. The multi-year deployment, the U.S. National Academies of Scienc- with companies involved in the 2010 operations in the Gulf. led by the University of Rhode Island (URI)’s Graduate School of Oceanogra- phy, will monitor the Loop Current Sys- tem (LCS) using Sonardyne’s Pressure Inverted Echo Sounders
development stage. Denmark and adapted it to Jones Act construction of Eu- The United States has one little offshore wind farm, ropean vessel designs. Rhode Island’s ? ve-turbine, 30-megawatt Block Island project. But the developer, Deepwater Wind, shipped the NASCENT STIRRING IN THE COLONIES ? ? ve
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and testing. NSF has contracted with OSU to build a second similar research vessel, which will be operated by a consortium led by the University of Rhode Island. Earlier, NSF awarded OSU a grant of $121.88 million to launch the construction of the Construction of a new Oregon State University-bound
Would you agree with that? at scale. And if we look at the east coast and the US, the Yes. Absolutely. target pricing for the Maryland, Massachusetts and Rhode Island projects will be about half of what Block Island was. Where do you intend to get your blades and build the And so they’re not going to
, and the ability to respond to unique development approaches with enhanced logistical support First Out of the Gate capacity, will be crucial advantages. Rhode Island-based shipyard Blount Boats, in June, an- Page brings an impressive CV to the offshore wind party. nounced that it had signed a sublicense
could eventually require 12 de- port and internalize a “portion of the cost of expanding related in- livery boats providing service from New Jersey to Rhode Island. frastructure, such that growth in demand for moving goods deliv- ers proportional funding for related infrastructure improvement.” On the Radar With