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New Orleans Hosting the Offshore Wind Port & Vessel Conference in September

Posted on September 15, 2023

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 U.S. 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 New Orleans to discuss and learn about the many port and vessel business opportunities rapidly unfolding in the U.S. offshore wind energy industry.



Non-Member – $695

Member – $545

Speaker – $395

Government – $395



Wednesday, September 20

6:00–8:00 P.M.
Welcome Reception

8 Block Kitchen & Bar (Located inside the Hyatt Regency)

Thursday, September 21

7:30-8:30 A.M.
Registration Open & Networking Breakfast
8:30 A.M.


  • Liz Burdock, President & CEO, Business Network for Offshore Wind
8:35 A.M.
Port & Vessel Market Overview


  • Jonathan Lints, Head of U.S. Offshore, Director of Subsea and Renewables, Clarksons
8:55 A.M.
Industry Trends And Hot Topics

In the ever-changing offshore wind industry, it’s crucial to stay abreast of the latest industry trends and hot topics. We have gathered experts to share what they are seeing as the industry moves from demonstration to large-scale commercialization. They will share their insights on the most pressing issues facing the industry, advances in technology, evolving regulatory and policy frameworks, and shifting market dynamics. Participants will gain valuable knowledge on how to navigate these challenges to remain successful. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from industry leaders and gain a competitive edge.


  • Moderator: Liz Burdock, President & CEO, Business Network for Offshore Wind
  • Jack Haynie, Offshore Wind Lead, Baird & Associates
  • Jan Klaassen, Business Unit Director-Americas, DEME
  • Charlie Papavizas, Partner & Chair, Maritime, Winston & Strawn
9:25 A.M.
Technology Spotlight
9:35 A.M.
The Race For Larger Turbines And The Downstream Costs

Project economics are pushing manufacturers and developers to deploy larger and larger turbines on their projects, but the logistical considerations of increasingly bigger blades and nacelles is driving up costs on a supply chain that is working to keep up. Port and vessel operators are already contemplating costly upgrades to existing assets or could find themselves unable to service the industry. How are port or vessel operators adapting their business plans for 15GW, 18GW or even 20GW turbines? What policy measures should stakeholders consider for capturing the full economic benefits of large turbines while ensuring the supply chain can meet project and policy demand?


  • Moderator: Jay Borkland, Board Chair, Business Network for Offshore Wind
  • Carsten Lerche Agerbæk, Harbour Development Engineer, Ørsted
  • Noé Rouxel, Senior Project Manager & Consultant- Offshore Wind, DNV
  • Mike Taylor, Head of Ports, U.S. Renewables, Equinor
  • Joanna Urriza, Marine Operations Manager, Vestas
10:25 A.M.
Networking Break
10:45 A.M.
Attracting Private Infrastructure Capital Into Offshore Wind Port Development

More than $25 billion worth of investment is needed in offshore wind port infrastructure over the next ten years to meet our offshore wind deployment and supply chain ambitions. While state and federal sources are ramping up, it’s unclear whether public funding will be able to close this infrastructure financing gap. This panel will explore why traditional private infrastructure finance investors have not yet fully embraced offshore wind port projects and what states, port authorities, and port project developers can do to tap into the billions of dollars of private capital in search of high-quality infrastructure projects.


  • Moderator: Brian Sabina, CEO, Clean Energy Terminals
  • Sean Boyd, Managing Director, Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors
  • Peter Ford, Founder, SkyRock Advisors/ Senior Advisor, Apollo Global Management Infrastructure
  • Emily Huggins Jones, Partner, Locke Lord LLP
  • Sloane Perras, Vice President, Foss Offshore Wind
11:35 A.M.
A Conversation With The Coast Guard: Understanding U.S. Regulations For Offshore Wind Vessels


  • Moderator: John Begala, Vice President for Federal and State Policy, Business Network for Offshore Wind
  • Captain Daniel Cost, U.S. Coast Guard
12:00 P.M.
Networking Lunch
1:00 P.M.
Utilizing The Network’s Market Intelligence & Business Development Tools & IPF Call For Workshops

The Business Network for Offshore Wind tracks the U.S. offshore wind market daily. Using our Offshore Wind Dashboard and market reports, this session will provide you with the latest developments and status of the U.S. offshore wind fleet. Network staff will share an overview of the Offshore Wind Market Dashboard, Supply Chain Connect, and Direct Connect. Learn how these products can help you stay informed on the quickly evolving offshore wind industry and connect with others to win contracts. You will also learn how to submit your workshop proposals for the 2024 International Partnering Forum (April 22-25 in New Orleans).


  • Denielle Christensen, Senior Vice President of Business Development & Marketing, Business Network for Offshore Wind
1:20 P.M.
The Potential Of Unmanned Surface Vessels In Offshore Wind: Reducing Cost, Carbon, And Risk

Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs) have the potential to support the full breadth of offshore wind projects, from surveying and monitoring to operations and maintenance. Increasingly, companies are employing these autonomous vehicles to lower costs, decrease carbon output, and improve safety for workers. But as USVs grow in popularity within the offshore wind industry, regulations and protocols around their use remain scarce and unclear. This panel will address specific situations and uses for USVs and best practices for adoption


  • Moderator: John Begala, Vice President for Federal and State Policy, Business Network for Offshore Wind
  • Captain Daniel Cost, U.S. Coast Guard
  • Shayan Haque, Business Development Manager, Exail
  • Richard Simpson, Project Director, Fugro
2:10 P.M.
Technology Spotlight
2:20 P.M.
Networking Break
2:50 P.M.
Learn Globally And Save Locally: Marine Risk Trends To Avoid And Practices To Adopt

The global offshore wind industry is currently worth in the region of USD33.5bn but is experiencing a shortage of specialized ports and vessels to support the installation of, and long-term operations of, offshore wind farms. Key vessels used in this sector are wind turbine installation vessels (WTIV), cable laying vessels (CLV), service operation vessels (SOV), and crew transfer vessels (CTV). Learn about the risks these vessels face in markets around the world, how owners and operators address these risks, and how lessons learned can be applied to support a safe and prosperous US market.


  • Moderator: Ben Brown, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, InPower
  • Josh Diedrich, Managing Director, Windserve Maine
  • Steve Mason, Marine Assurance Manager, ABL Group
  • Peter Townsend, Marine Insurance Specialist, Miller
Port Upgrades For The Future Of Offshore Wind

By 2050, the United States should have at least 110 GW of offshore wind installed and operating in multiple regions across the country. Ports will be at the heart of this buildout, serving first as the industry’s logistics hub for manufacturing and assembly, and later as the maintenance base for dozens of wind projects for decades to come. As infrastructure upgrades and expansions get underway today, ports need to begin considering the future needs and demands of the offshore wind industry. This panel will explore the challenges ports face as they work to anticipate and address the industry’s changing needs, and ensure long-term profitability. Architects of our future ports will also discuss how decarbonization, electrification, and new fuels will change port operations, what role AI and automation might play, and how best to approach public support for large-scale upgrades.


  • Moderator: Christopher Moelter, Senior Managing Environmental Planner, Anchor QEA
  • Brent Cooper, Project Manager, COWI
  • Evan Matthews, Director of Business Development for Ports & Terminals, Crowley Wind Services
  • Suzanne Plezia, Senior Director & Chief Harbor Engineer, Port of Long Beach
Closing Remarks
  • Dr. Joseph Orgeron, Representative for District 54, Louisiana House of Representatives
Networking Happy Hour

Friday, September 22

7:30 A.M
Networking Breakfast
8:25 A.M.
Recap & Welcome Back
8:30 A.M.
Gulf Of Mexico Regional Port Briefing

Scaling offshore wind development in the U.S. to meet long-term clean energy goals is going to require significant investment in the country’s existing port infrastructure. Ports need acreage, deep water access, increased lifting capacity, and much more to handle the massive turbine components now and in the years to come — especially as such parts continue to grow. In the Gulf, port leaders are already discussing plans to accommodate the offshore wind industry and will share some of their early plans and actions in this regional briefing. Join us to hear from representatives of ports in Louisiana and Texas about what’s in the cards for next year and how they’re supporting the industry’s future in the Gulf.


  • Moderator: Will Baldwin, Partner and Maritime Transactions Team Leader, Jones Walker
  • Lacy McManus, Executive Director of Future Energy, Greater New Orleans, Inc.
  • Nick Pestello, Director of Engineering, Maintenance, & Development, Lake Charles Harbor & Terminal District
  • Loulan Pitre, Partner, Kelly, Hart & Pitre (Representing the Port of Fourchon)
9:00 A.M.
Training Up The Maritime Workforce

Deploying the 30 GW market in the U.S. requires mobilizing at least a hundred vessels conducting short-term installation and long-term operations and maintenance activities. The market is responding – 36 offshore wind dedicated vessels are planned for construction or will undergo retrofit. But in an era of maritime staffing shortages, where will the vessel crews come from to man the dozens of new vessels expected to operate in the industry? Industry experts will speak to building the maritime pipeline for offshore wind and draw lessons from operator’s experience in the Gulf of Mexico and marine industries.


  • Moderator: Dustin Varnell, U.S. Country Manager, Osbit
  • Michael Greenwood, Commercial Director, Offshore Wind, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock
  • Brigitte Hagen-Peter, Global Lead – Marine Projects, New Wave Offshore Energy
  • John O’Keefe, Vice President of Business Development, Waterson Terminal Services
9:40 A.M.
Networking Break
10:00 A.M.
Keynote Remarks


  • Governor John Bel Edwards, State of Louisiana

10:20 A.M.
Carbon Neutral Alternatives For The Offshore Wind Fleet

As vessel owners seek to reduce their carbon footprint, alternative fuel sources have begun to gain traction. If offshore wind develops as a favorable form of power for alternative vessel fuels, could there be a day in the near future where vessels can re-fuel at wind farms without coming into port? Panelists will explore the market potential for this innovative offshore wind offtake opportunity, and what it may mean for project design and supply chain development.


  • Moderator: Dr. Benjamin Allums, Assistant Professor of Law, Loyola University New Orleans – College of Law
  • Emily Felt, Senior Consultant, U.S. Department of Energy
  • George Franssen, Marine Account Manager, Wärtsilä North America
  • Anastasija Kuprijanova, Director of Maritime Business Development, Amogy
  • David Tyler, Marketing Director, Artemis Technologies
11:10 A.M.
Technology Spotlight
11:20 A.M.
A Big Market For Small Vessels: Spotlight On The CTV Market
Installing, maintaining and operating an offshore wind project relies on a variety of craft, but the workhorse of the industry is the Crew Transfer Vessel (CTV). With nearly three dozen commercial-scale offshore wind projects on the books already, the CTV market in the U.S. could reach the hundreds and is already proving to be the strongest shipbuilding sub-section of the industry. According to the Network, at least 26 CTVs have been ordered, constructed, or refurbished for the U.S. market already. Hear from industry experts engaged in this supply chain sector to hear about the opportunities and difficulties getting a CTV in the water.


  • Moderator: Lindsay Van Antwerp, Manager – Commercial Business Development, General Dynamics NASSCO
12:15PM – 1:00PM
Networking Lunch


Hyatt Regency New Orleans
601 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70113

Accommodations In New Orleans

The 2023 OSW Port & Vessel Summit will be held at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans. The Network’s block of discounted rooms has expired, but can you still book at the Hyatt Regency at the standard rate.


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