A team of engineers and technicians from Maritime Applied Physics Corporation (MAPC) recently completed Global Wind Organization (GWO) Basic Safety Training with Sea Survival and Transfer modules at Falck Safety Services, Teesside, United Kingdom.
This GWO training is the accepted industry standard for accessing offshore wind turbines, met masts, transformers, and buoys. It includes tower climbing, advanced first aid training, and fire suppression training.
Maryland’s Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) Maryland Business Works training assistance program provided 50% matching funds to assist MAPC in providing this training to its employees. MAPC has won a Maryland wind energy area met mast outfitting contract with US Wind, Inc., one of Maryland’s two offshore wind developers, and plans to use this training in order to support the contract.
Mark Rice, President and Founder of MAPC: “Global Wind Organization training is not currently available in the United States, so leveraging the lessons learned from Europe ensures our personnel are well prepared to handle the unique demands of offshore wind tower climbing.”
With a track record of innovative and challenging projects in the maritime sector, MAPC is well equipped to support the emerging U.S. offshore wind industry.
MAPC has obtained a sublicense from Blount Boats to build South Boats’ licensed Crew Transfer Vessels, and seeks to provide outfitting, commissioning and O&M services for site assessments, turbine transition, and balance-of-plant systems. MAPC’s supplier network and capabilities include instrumentation and data acquisition systems, solar and wind power systems, collision avoidance lighting and signals, davits, and fall and fire safety systems.
An blog post by Val Stori published September 3, 2015 in Renewable Energy World states:
“Maryland’s proactive efforts in building European partnerships, establishing a domestic supply chain, and passing enabling legislation seem to be paying off. With the recent federal sale of a wind lease area to US Wind Inc., to develop a major project in the Wind Energy Area off the Maryland coast, Maryland now has the wind in its sails to develop one of the first U.S. commercial-sized offshore wind projects.”
Read the blog post here:
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MAPC’s latest engineering success:
The Remote Off-Shore Sensor System
Maritime Applied Physics Corporation successfully completed a recent demonstration of its latest maritime engineering platform: the Remote Off-Shore Sensor System, or ROSS buoy. The ROSS buoy is an unmanned platform designed to easily integrate multiple sensors in order to provide air, surface, and subsea maritime domain awareness in real-time by leveraging onboard line-of-sight and over the horizon communications links.
The ROSS buoy, unlike traditional buoy designs, has a patent-pending passively stabilized gimbaled mast that can extend 24 feet. Paul Seiffert, Senior Engineer at MAPC, explained: “The stabilized mast provides low motions in high sea states so data from sensors like cameras and radar are always crystal clear. It’s also much easier and more cost effective to deploy compared to a spar buoy.” The ROSS buoy was deployed for two weeks in May
2015 for a major military exercise.
Maritime Applied Physics Corporation has been marketing the ROSS to the off-shore wind industry which is required to conduct marine mammal, avian and wind profile surveys in advance of constructing any permanent structures in the seafloor. Much less expensive than a traditional MET tower, the ROSS buoy also has very little environmental impact as a moored floating platform. The ROSS can run for over 30 days (at full power) without refueling, using its hybrid-electric power system, and allows for quiet periods while listening for marine mammals during critical times.
Our partners, Persistent Systems Wave Relay, L-3 Integrated Sensor Systems, and Accipiter Avian Radar Monitoring, and marine mammal subsurface sensors can all be simultaneously integrated into the ROSS because of its large pay-load capacity.
Seiffert went on to say; “The ROSS buoy illustrates the type of work that we do best as a company: easily deployed, highly advanced engineering platforms that can endure the toughest maritime conditions.”
April 22, 2015/ Baltimore, MD:
The Maryland Business Network for Off-Shore Wind honored Maritime Applied Physics Corp’s President and Founder, Mark Rice. Rice was recognized for his leadership as the President of the Board and his efforts to bring Maryland businesses together to work for their common interests.
Liz Burdock, Executive Director, surprised Mr. Rice with the honor at the closing remarks of the program. “Everybody in this room who knows Mark Rice, respects Mark Rice….He has put his imprint on this organization to be fair and balanced and to put the common good before individual needs.”
Later, Burdock went on to say:
“He has created two technologies right now, that can support the off-shore wind industry.”
Congratulations to Mark Rice on his efforts and to all MAPC employees who have worked on the technologies that have been designed to support the off-shore wind industry in Maryland, and beyond!
Below is a full video of the remarks:
Maryland Offshore Wind 2015 Annual Meeting
April 22-23, 2015
Orioles Warehouse, Camden Yards
- Hear updates on regional offshore wind projects.
- Understand Maryland’s offshore wind project and the team members required.
- Learn about strategies for local subcontracting, plans for procurement, and partnering opportunities.
- Discover strategies for securing financing, creating strategic alliances and generating Letters of Intent.
- Parking is included.
Register at www.teamosw.com