The Atlantic Pioneer vessel has connected to Block Island Wind Farm’s foundation no. 1 to deliver workers preparing to pull in the submarine export cable that will ultimately send the power generated from all five turbines to a substation on Block Island.
Atlantic Pioneer is the first offshore wind support vessel built in the United States.
The 21-meter vessel, designed by South Boats IOW, was built by the Rhode Island-based Blount Boats to service a 20-year crew transfer contract with Deepwater Wind for its 30MW offshore wind farm.
The CLB Big Max has already started laying the subsea cable which will export power generated by the first US offshore wind farm to the mainland.