CG Cape Wind Radar Study Findings

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

As a cooperating agency with the Department of the Interior's Minerals Management Service, the U.S. Coast Guard is providing an assessment on the proposed Cape Wind project's impacts to Coast Guard missions and the potential impacts the project may have on navigational safety.

In Oct. 2008, Capt. Raymond Perry, the commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England, determined that for Coast Guard officials to make a recommendation to the Minerals Management Service, they needed more information on how the proposed project would impact the safety of navigation, particularly how it would affect marine radar.

Conflicting data from previous radar studies prompted the Coast Guard to contract an independent study on how the wind turbine generators may impact marine radar systems and navigation on vessels operating in the area.

In a continuing effort to share information, Coast Guard officials participated in a telephone conference with key Nantucket Sound waterways users. The goal of the conference, led by Perry, was to share the outcome of that study with those who operate in Nantucket Sound, where the farm is proposed to be built.

In addition to the radar study, the Coast Guard evaluated hazards mariners may face if the wind farm is constructed. The Coast Guard looked at the proximity of the wind farm to shipping lanes, hazards to fishing vessels when navigating with gear and nets extended, marking and labeling the wind towers in accordance with standard aids to navigation policy, and the impact of ice build up on the turbines.

Additionally, the Coast Guard evaluated the impact, if any, that the proposed wind energy facility may have on Coast Guard missions, such as search and rescue. With the exception of the radar study, those findings were submitted by Coast Guard Headquarters to the Minerals Management Service on Nov. 14, 2008.

After receiving input from key Nantucket Sound waterways users, Perry will forward a recommendation that will be routed to Coast Guard Headquarters. From there, the recommendation will be transmitted to the Minerals Management Service for their consideration.

Approval authority for the wind farm lies with the Minerals Management Service, the lead federal permitting agency for the project.

Maritime Reporter March 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Environmental

USCG Flush Ice down River Systems to Facilitate Shipping

The Coast Guard cutter fleet is flushing ice through the Great Lakes river systems to prevent ice jams and facilitate commercial shipping as the shipping season

Chile Desert Rains Sign of Climate Change

The heavy rainfall that battered Chile's usually arid north this week happened because of climate change, a senior meteorologist said, as the region gradually

Mexico Unveils National Strategy ahead of Paris Climate Talks

Mexico on Friday said it will cap its greenhouse gas emissions by 2026, becoming one of the first countries to formally submit its national climate plan the

News

Is China Building a Naval Base in Africa?

Recently, The Namibian reported the existence of a "confidential letter from Namibia's ambassador to China, Ringo Abed, to Namibia's foreign minister stating that

JV Wins $2bln Freeport LNG Contract in US

A joint venture (JV) between CB&I, Chiyoda International and Zachry Industrial has won a contract worth over $2bn from FLNG Liquefaction 3 for a liquefied natural

Puerto Rico Readies for Largest Cruise Ships

Thanks to a pier expansion and enhancement, Puerto Rico will welcome the two largest cruise ships in the world, Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, in 2016.

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Naval Architecture Navigation Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Ship Repair Ship Simulators Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1317 sec (8 req/sec)