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Building a robust and resilient infrastructure for the U.S. offshore wind industry.

Ports and vessels are the backbone of the U.S. offshore wind industry. Understanding the improvements needed for the nation’s port infrastructure, as well as ensuring the availability and capacity of vessels, will be critical over the next decade as more turbines are installed in East coast waters. As the pipeline of projects continues to grow, the industry needs to come together to determine logistics to affordably and efficiently receive, transport, hold, and install turbine components.

Join us in Norfolk, Virginia to discuss and learn about the many port and vessel business opportunities rapidly unfolding in the U.S. offshore wind energy industry.

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Pricing

Registration

Speaker Admission
$395
Member Admission
$495
Non-Member Admission
$595

Summit Agenda

The Port & Vessel Summit takes place September 27-28, with an opening reception the evening of September 26. The complete Summit Agenda is below. Keynote and panel speakers will be announced late summer. 

Monday, September 26

4:30pm – 6:00pm
Welcome Reception

Tuesday September 27

7:30am – 8:30am
Registration Open & Networking Breakfast
Speaker:
8:40am – 8:50am
Welcome Remarks & Market Overview

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Speaker:
  • John Begala, Vice President of Federal and State Policy, Business Network for Offshore Wind
8:50am – 9:10am
Keynote Remarks

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9:10am – 9:55am
Financing America's Port Upgrades for 30 GW of Wind Energy and Beyond

It’s no secret that America’s aging ports need billions in new investments to scale up and meet the multiple demand of the U.S. offshore wind industry, including the federal goal of deploying 30 GW of offshore wind energy by 2030. New Jersey and New York have already invested hundreds of millions in their port infrastructure, but that option is not available to all. States must get creative with funding options from the federal government, private sector, or a public-private partnership. A panel of industry experts will discuss financing options for upgrading the nation’s port infrastructure.

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10:00am – 10:45am
Breaking News

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10:45am – 11:15am
Networking Break
11:15am – 12:00pm
Solving the WTIV Shortage: Financing or Innovation?

Wind turbine installation vessels (WTIVs), critical for the deployment of offshore wind farms, are in short supply. With a price tag in the mid-nine figures for U.S.- built WTIVs, financing a new build has proven difficult in the U.S. market and rising global demand threatens the availability of foreign-built vessels. Industry experts will debate whether new financing options (federal or state support), or new construction techniques and designs are the best solution to increase the cost-effectiveness of these critical vessels. 

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12:00pm – 1:00pm
Networking and Exhibition Lunch
  • Sponsored by Winston & Strawn LLP
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1:00pm – 1:20pm
Keynote Remarks

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1:20pm – 2:05pm
Readying American Shipyards for the Coming Vessel Demand

Scaling up the U.S. offshore wind industry will require hundreds of vessels – but do America’s shipyards have the capacity to meet this demand? Experts from the nation’s leading shipyards will explore options for expanding capacity, including private and public funding.

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2:05pm – 2:40pm
Networking Break
2:40 pm – 3:25pm
Closing the Loop: Bringing the Net-Zero Supply Chain to Ports & Vessels

Pressure is building on project developers to achieve a zero-emission supply chain, including ports and vessels. The market is already seeing hybrid and alternative fuel crew transfer vessels (CTVs) and service operation vessels (SOVs)and federal and state governments are unlocking funding to green port operations. A panel of industry experts will share an overview of what’s powering new vessels and what stakeholders will expect from ports to help achieve a net-zero supply chain.

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3:25 pm – 3:35 pm
Wellness Break

Sponsored by Netsco

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3:40 pm – 4:25pm
Panel 6: Topic Forthcoming

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4:25 pm – 4:40pm
Keynote Speaker

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5:00pm – 6:30pm
Networking & Exhibition Reception
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Wednesday, September 28

Sessions will be taking place from 9:00 a.m. CST to noon on February 4.

7:30am – 8:30am
Networking Breakfast
  • Sponsored by Jacobs
8:20am – 8:30am
Recap & Welcome Back
Speaker:
  • Nancy Kirshner-Rodriguez, Western Director, Business Network for Offshore Wind
8:30am – 8:50AM
Keynote Remarks

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8:50am – 9:35am
Feedering in the U.S. Offshore Wind Industry: Is it Inevitable?

Feedering was first used as a system to utilize foreign-flagged wind turbine installation vessels (WTIVs) in U.S waters, but the realities of the U.S. port system may make their use  he norm. A panel of industry leaders will share their views on the future of feedering and what the industry hopes to learn from the experiences of Vineyard Wind. 

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9:40am – 10:25am
Filling in the Gaps: Autonomous Vessels & Drone Ports

Autonomous vessels are expected to play a major role in offshore wind development, from surveying and construction to operations and maintenance. With the expected shortage of vessels to build out 30 GW of wind energy by 2030, how is the industry utilizing autonomous vessel technology in response? Panelists will also address the other ports:drone ports that will support the operations and maintenance phase.

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10:25am – 10:55am
Networking Break

Sponsored by Netsco

11:00am – 11:45am
Early Lessons from europe: Port Strategies for Floating Offshore Wind

While the U.S. is just building out the port infrastructure needed for the first wave of fixed-bottom turbines, the industry must also look ahead and start planning ports to accommodate floating turbine technology needs. Floating offshore wind projects will require uniquely large areas for staging and marshaling. Panelists will identify and discuss lessons we can learn from Europe’s current floating offshore wind development.

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11:50am – 12:35pm
Identifying Vessel Needs for Floating Offshore Wind in the U.S.

Floating turbine technology will require its own supply chain, from manufacturers to ports – and even vessels. Industry experts will discuss the types of vessels needed, including the status of current vessels in the U.S.

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12:35pm – 12:55pm
Closing Remarks – Key Points and Future Milestones

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1:00pm – 2:00pm
Networking Lunch
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Hotel & Venue

Sheraton Norfolk Waterfront Hotel
777 Waterside Drive
Norfolk, Virginia 23510

Accommodations in Norfolk, VA

The OSW Port & Vessel Summit will be held in the Sheraton Norfolk Waterfront Hotel. The Network has secured a block of discounted hotel rooms for Summit attendees. Use this link to book your room at the discounted rate.

Note that you must book your room by September 5 to receive the discounted rate.

Port & Vessel Summit

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Summit Sponsorship

The OSW Port & Vessel Summit will bring together 200+ professionals in the port and vessels industries. The two-day Summit offers your business an opportunity to showcase your products and services directly to industry professionals with purchasing power. Download our Sponsorship Opportunities PDF to learn more.

Summit Attendance

Professionals came together at the OSW O&M / Health & Safety Summit for two days of workshops focused on operations and maintenance, health and safety, and data industries. View and download the Attendance List PDF

Covid-19

Health & Safety Guidelines

The inagural OSW O&M / Health & Safety Summit will follow the Business Network for Offshore Wind’s COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidelines detailed on the Network website. The Business Network for Offshore Wind is firmly committed to the health and safety of our attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors – your health and well-being is our number one priority. The Network has put the following COVID-19 health and safety standards in place that strictly adheres to guidelines mandated by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to ensure safe and successful industry events. Please take the time to review our guidelines.  

SPONSORS
Mentors and CEOs

Conference speakers

David Moyes
CEO, Colibri
Jayden Morris
Graphic Designer, Parrot
Richard Mortensen
Sales Executive, Finch
Felix Moyer
Customer Happinness, Herrons
Richard Oreta
Managing Director, Falcon
Sanit Khan
Sales Manager, Plover
Raymond Wright
Scrum Master, Eagle
Martha Hill
Sales Executive, Hummingbird

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