New Bedford Offshore Wind Conference 2023

New Bedford Offshore Wind Conference 2023

New Bedford Offshore Wind Conference 2023

An Industry Event Hosted by the New Bedford Ocean Cluster
and Sponsored by Vineyard Wind

Thursday, Oct. 5th, 2023 - Friday, Oct. 6, 2023

The City of New Bedford has for generations been tied to the sea. The Port of New Bedford is home to America’s highest grossing commercial fishing industry. Today, it is also home to America’s first, commercial-scale offshore wind project, Vineyard Wind 1. 

Join us for an immersive, two-day offshore wind industry event that offers both in-person and virtual program options. The event will offer participants insight into industry trends, opportunities, and challenges, and demonstrate how New Bedford is positioning itself to become a leading hub for offshore wind and model cluster of diverse marine industry businesses and assets. 

The event will include keynotes, panel discussions, and interactive program tracks (Workforce Development & Training, Supply Chain, and Innovation & Technology) and ample networking opportunities with industry professionals, local businesses, and key stakeholders at the center of advancing offshore wind in New Bedford and the Commonwealth. 

Attending ACP’s Offshore WINDPOWER Conference? Don’t miss the opportunity to visit New Bedford post-conference and be part of this first-time industry experience. 115 spots will be held exclusively for ACP attendees!


  • $250 – Full, Two-Day Program & Tours, October 5th – 6th (Port of New Bedford and VW1 Site Visit) SOLD OUT
  • $199 – Single-Day Program & Tour, October 5th (Port of New Bedford only) SOLD OUT
  • $150 – Hybrid (Virtual & In Person) Program & VW1 Site Visit, October 5th-6th

*Our hybrid program offers access to recorded sessions of morning keynotes and panel discussions, and live-streamed program tracks (Workforce Development & Training, Supply Chain, and Innovation & Technology) on October 5th. On October 6th, join us for an in-person tour of the Vineyard Wind 1 (VW1) project site, complete with speakers on the boat and networking opportunities during breakfast and lunch. Don’t miss this unique blend of learning and exploration!

Preliminary Agenda:

Thursday, October 5th

  • Networking Breakfast: 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. at the Whaling Museum
  • Opening Remarks & Keynote Presentations: 9:15-10:30 a.m. at the Whaling Museum
    Speakers: Jennifer Downing, New Bedford Ocean Cluster; John Mitchell, Mayor of New Bedford; Klaus Moeller, Vineyard Wind
  • Break: 10:30-10:45 a.m.
  • Panel Discussion on Fishing & Offshore Wind Coexistence Challenges & Opportunities: 10:45-11:45 a.m. at the Whaling Museum
    Speakers: Eric Reid, New Bedford Ocean Cluster & New England Fishery Management Council; Crista Bank, Vineyard Wind; Gordon Carr, New Bedford Port Authority; Jarrett Drake
  • Lunch: 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Whaling Museum
  • Program Tracks: 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Workforce Development & Training, “Developing a Diverse & Equitable Offshore Wind Workforce of the Future” at Bristol Community College’s National Offshore Wind Institute

Track includes a facility tour, fireside chat with NOWI leadership, and a panel discussion with industry leaders.

Speakers: Jennifer Menard, Bristol Community College; Dr. Alan Lowden; Dr. Cynthia Brown, Siemens Gamesa; Carlos Avila, New Bedford Ocean Cluster; Jennifer Cullen, Vineyard Wind; Jennifer Daloisio, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center; Callum Dewar, Maersk Training

Supply Chain, “Building the Offshore Wind Supply Chain in Massachusetts: Reflecting on Progress and Preparing for the future” at Shoreline Marine Terminal North, Pope’s Island

Track includes a facility tour, panel discussion, and engaging roundtable discussion with industry leaders.

Speakers: Bruce Carlisle, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center; Dan Kent, Vineyard Wind; Michael Quinn, Quinn Fisheries & Shoreline Offshore; Vicki Chapman, Chapman Construction Group; Philip Hamels, Jan De Nul; Joel Whitman, Foss Offshore Wind

Innovation & Technology, “Fisheries & Offshore Wind: Advancing Science and Opportunities for Innovation” at UMass Dartmouth’s School for Marine Science & Technology

Track includes a facility tour, presentations, and panel discussion with industry leaders.

Speakers: Kevin Stokesbury, UMass Dartmouth; Pingguo He; Steven Cadrin, UMass Dartmouth; Travis Lowery, Vineyard Wind; Tim Barrett


  • Port Asset Tour #1: 3:30-4:15 p.m. and Port Asset Tour #2: 4:15-5:30 p.m. at 66 State Pier (rotating tours)
    Speakers: Gordon Carr, New Bedford Port Authority; Andrew Saunders, New Bedford Foss Marine Terminal; Tim Griffin, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
  • Free time: 3:30-5:30 p.m. We encourage you to explore historic, downtown New Bedford during your free time. We recommend a visit to one of the following locations, which are in walking distance to the waterfront.
  • Cocktail Reception: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at The Black Whale

Friday, October 6th

Vineyard Wind 1 Site Tour: 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Board at State Pier
Speakers: Jeff Lewis, GE Renewables; Semco Maritime; and more…

*Boarding begins at 7:00 a.m. and doors close promptly at 7:45 a.m. for departure. Site visit contingent on weather conditions and other factors outside of the NBOC’s control. Should the trip be canceled, alternative programming will be offered.


Bus transportation from Boston to New Bedford on the afternoon of October 4th, and from New Bedford to Boston on the afternoon of October 6th, will be available to ACP attendees registered for the full, two-day program.

Attendees registered for the in-person program (full, two-days, Oct. 5-6 or one-day, Oct 5) will be provided transportation on Oct. 5th during the event from the Whaling Museum to program track locations, and to the dock for Port Tours.

Bus transportation is not provided for Hybrid ticket holders to/from New Bedford. Attendees registered for the hybrid program must arrange for their own transportation to State Pier on the morning of Friday, Oct. 6 for the VW1 tour.


The NBOC has reserved a discounted block of hotel rooms for the evenings of October 4th and 5th at several area hotels through Friday, September 22nd.

Fairfield Inn & Suites New Bedford>

Residence Inn, New Bedford Dartmouth>

Hampton Inn, New Bedford – Fairhaven>

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