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This News area contains news about the NMC and its members and Community Partners. Members may access industry news and events in the Members-Only area of the website. NMC Community (the NMC and its members and community partners) Events are posted on the NMC Community Events calendar. If you would like to become a member, you can sign up on the Join the NMC page.


Historic fireboat on display in New London

The Day, July 11, 2020

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The Sosa family of New Britain was among visitors Saturday taking tours of the historic fireboat Fire Fighter docked at the Custom House Pier.

The vessel, which served the Fire Department of the city of New York from 1938 to 2010, is operated out of Greenport, N.Y., as America’s Fireboat-Fire Fighter Museum. It will be docked at the pier in New London awaiting an opening at a Rhode Island shipyard for maintenance.

Tours of no more than 12 visitors on board at one time are from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Fire Fighter was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1989. Read more. >>>

The NL Maritime Society is an NMC Community Partner.


NMC Board Member John C.L. Evans Promoted to Executive VP of RDSI

We are excited to announce that NMC inaugural board member and member, John C.L. Evans has been promoted to Executive Vice President of RDSI. Please read the press release by clicking on the link below. Congratulations John!

RDSI Press Release Promotion Announcement 06-01-20


Mystic Seaport Museum Plans Partial Reopening

NBC CT, May 7, 2020

The Mystic Seaport Museum is one of many tourist attractions across the state preparing for a potential reopening.

If phase one of the state’s reopening plan moves forward, outdoor museums and zoos will be included in the various businesses that are allowed to reopen on May 20.

“We are very excited to reopen, but we are being extremely cautious in how to do it,” said Dan McFadden, spokesperson for the Mystic Seaport Museum.

See full article here.

The Mystic Seaport Museum is an NMC Community Partner.


 

5 Orsted US Offshore Wind Projects Face Possible Delay Due to COVID-19, Permitting Challenges

Green Tech Media, April 29, 2020

Five of Ørsted’s U.S. offshore wind projects totaling nearly 3 gigawatts may face delays due to the coronavirus crisis and slowed permitting, in a blow to U.S. ambitions to animate a thriving offshore wind industry over the next few years.

Denmark’s Ørsted, the world’s top offshore wind developer, built a formidable early lead in the U.S. market, with contracted projects stretching from New England down to Virginia, including two huge projects totaling nearly 2 gigawatts for New Jersey and New York.

On Wednesday Ørsted confirmed that two smaller projects — the 120-megawatt Skipjack for Maryland and the 132-megawatt South Fork for New York — are all but certain to be delayed beyond their planned completion dates in 2022. Ørsted now expects to finish Skipjack in the following year, and COVID-19-related shutdowns in New York “will also very likely delay South Fork beyond 2022,” the company said in a statement.

Read more…


Shipyards Continue to Balance COVID-19 Mitigation With Efficient Operations

USNI, April 28, 2020

It’s still too early to say if the COVID-19-related economic slowdown is significantly disrupting the production of major programs, the Navy’s top weapons-buyer said during a media call Tuesday.

At the shipyards, the near-term priority work is on track. However, the Navy is still watching how COVID-19-related restrictions and supply-chain problems are disrupting the mid- and long-term work, James Geurts, the assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition, said Tuesday.

Asked about continuing operations while the virus hits or threatens shipyards and manufacturers, Geurts said, “we are seeing less [disruption] than in the first couple weeks, but we are still learning and studying hard what the potential downstream impacts could be.” He added the Navy and its industry partners were only about five weeks into the pandemic and so it would be hard to draw any larger conclusions yet about impacts to specific programs or sectors.

Read the full article.


Port Authority says State Pier Construction Schedule on Track

The Day, April 27, 2020

The Connecticut Port Authority on Monday authorized its chairman to secure an agreement with a company that will oversee the estimated $157 million redevelopment of State Pier.

The unanimous vote by the authority’s board of directors to hire a construction administrator demonstrates continued momentum for the project in the face of worldwide disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, said Port Authority Chairman David Kooris.

The project to create an offshore wind hub is expected to start early next year and finish in 2022. Activity could start before year’s end with demolition and remediation of existing structures and stockpiling of construction materials.

Read the full article on The Day.


ARM Technology Project Call Proposals Due by May 20, 2020

April 24, 2020

If you are an ARM member, or plan to become one, they have released their full documentation for the 20-01 Technology Project Call. You can see the information on their website by clicking below.

Proposals for our 20-01 Technology Project Call (TEC-20-01) are due on May 20, 2020. This call features an increase from 8 to 12 topic areas with five newly identified market opportunities. The final version of our Technology Project Call and the corresponding templates are publicly available, but you must be an ARM Member to submit a proposal. Email membership@arminstitute.org to learn more.

Click here to view our presentation from the webinar and click here to watch our webinar recording. You can also access our Project Call FAQ here.

See the full list of project calls for ARM Members here.


BOEM considers virtual public comment on Vineyard Wind study

A wider federal study of the Vineyard Wind project and cumulative impacts of offshore wind development off the East Coast is holding to schedule despite the coronavirus crisis, with a decision expected by December, a top federal official said Tuesday.

With their offices closed, federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management reviewers are working remotely to compile findings toward a final environmental impact statement for the 804-megawatt Vineyard Wind project off southern New England, said James Bennett, chief of BOEM’s renewable energy program.

But public health measures to combat the spread of coronavirus have derailed the agency’s plans for gathering stakeholder comment, including public hearings starting in June, Bennett said during IPF20 Virtual, an online conference hosted this week by the Business Network for Offshore Wind.

Read the full article here.


 

Safe Workplace Rules for Essential Employers

The DECD has shared helpful tips based upon the guidelines shared for keeping people safe from Coronovirus and minimizing the spread.

See the guidance here from the DECD website.


DoD: Shipbuilding, Aviation Hardest-Hit Sectors in Defense Industrial Base by COVID Pandemic

USNI, April 20, 2020

The shipbuilding, aviation and small space launch sectors are the three hardest-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic within the defense industrial base, according to the under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, despite a slew of memos and authorities signed out by the Pentagon to relieve pressure from sick workers and facilities closures.

“We see a slowdown in the shipyards to an extent. Aviation is actually the most highly impacted sector we have right now. So the 20 different memos that Kim Herrington (director of defense pricing and contracting) put out are really to make sure our cash flows and we quickly get on contract so we can keep going,” Ellen Lord told reporters on a Monday morning news conference.

Read the full article here.


Navy Silently Commissions Nuclear Attack Boats USS Vermont, USS Delaware

USNI, April 20, 2020

USS Vermont (SSN-792), the Navy’s first block IV Virginia-class nuclear attack submarine, joined the fleet over the weekend in a subdued administrative action transitioning the boat to normal operations without the pomp and circumstance of a comissioning ceremony ashore.

COVID-19-related restrictions limiting travel and the size of public gatherings caused the Navy and Vermont’s commissioning committee to cancel the public ceremony.

“This Virginia-class fast-attack submarine will continue the proud naval legacy of the state of Vermont and the ships that have borne her name,” Acting Secretary of the Navy James E. McPherson said in a statement. “I am confident the crew of this cutting edge platform will carry on this tradition and confront the challenges of today’s complex world with the professionalism and dedication our nation depends on from warriors of the silent service.”

Read full article here.


Summaries from NMC Check-In Calls

These check in notes from our first two calls are available until May 1st to the public. After May 1st, all check in calls summaries will be available to members only. Each check in call is focused around a specific topic and includes helpful information to help companies stay on top of the COVID battle by learning of opportunities and speaking with others who are navigating this space of staying open and continuing to work during this time. If you are a member, please see our Members-Only portal for the call notes from April 22nd’s call about Opportunities in and Around the Thames River.

Check-In Call Summary – April 16th, 2020

Check-In Call Summary – March 31st, 2020


Free Webinar: New Small Business Federal Funding Program – Update to PPP

SCORE is hosting a webinar Friday, April 24, 2020 to share updates to the PPP.

Join us as Julio Casiano from the Small Business Administration discusses the additional funding that is now available to small businesses as part of the new Payroll Protection Program (PPP) relief bill passed by Congress this week.
 
Topics include:
  • What businesses are eligible to apply
  • The criteria for loan approval
  • Loan size and terms
  • Filing requirements
  • How to apply

Register here.

 
 
 
Note: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Geurts: Navy Acquisition ‘Managing Downside Risk,’ Seeking ‘Upside Opportunity’

USNI, April 16, 2020

The Navy’s acquisition community is trying to “leverage the condition we’re in, not be a victim of it,” with the service’s top buyer saying he’s confident his workforce can take unexpected lessons learned adjusting to the COVID-19 pandemic and actually be more efficient in the long term.

Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition James Geurts said the Navy this fiscal year has already awarded $88.52 billion in acquisition contracts, compared to $66.3 billion at the same time last year – a 32-percent acceleration in awarding work, and with 5 percent fewer contracting actions. He said this is also happening while more than 95 percent of his staff is teleworking. On the research side of the portfolio, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) has obligated $1.5 billion in work compared to the planned $1.029 billion at this point in the year.

The reason for rushing to get so much work on contract is to get as big a backlog as possible in place for not just prime contractors but for suppliers of all sizes around the country – so that as the coronavirus hits different geographies at different times, any companies affected by the disease will have plenty of work to come back to when the workforce is able to continue working. Geurts first told reporters about this effort last month, saying the last thing he wanted was a company with healthy workers and no work on contract to perform.

Read the full article here.


Department of the Navy Issues 20.4 SBIR Phase 1 Technology Acceleration BAA

On April 13, 2020, the Department of the Navy (DON) issued a 20.4 SBIR Phase I Technology Acceleration BAA, requesting proposals from innovative startups and small businesses that demonstrate development and commercialization of dual-use technologies responsive to topic requirements while also meeting unmet market demands.

Companies proposing scalable high-impact technologies addressing commercial market needs that can be leveraged by the Navy are strongly encouraged to apply.

This BAA leverages Navy Technology Acceleration processes resulting in awards within 45 days from the close of this BAA, and initial payments within 15 days of awards.

Submission: Proposals for this BAA will be accepted starting April 27, 2020, and will close May 28, 2020 at 12:00 noon EDT. All proposals must be submitted through the DoD’s Defense SBIR/STTR Innovation Portal (DSIP) at www.dodsbirsttr.mil/submissions.

Topics: https://www.navysbir.com/topics20_4.htm

  • [N20.4] Defense Industrial Base (DIB) Technology Acceleration Topics:
  • N204-A01   Naval Depot Modernization and Sustainment
  • N204-A02   Digital Logistics
  • N204-A03   Deployable Systems Manufacturability
  • N204-A04   Rapid Reconstitution of Communications and Compact Hardware Solutions

Iberdrola Plans to Take Top Spot in US Offshore Wind (and Keep It)

GreenTech Media, April 14, 2020

Spanish utility group Iberdrola wants to be the biggest player in the U.S. offshore wind market, but it will need to go through early market front-runner Ørsted to get there.

Iberdrola, among the world’s largest wind power generators, plans to steamroll its way through the coronavirus crisis, with CEO Ignacio Galán announcing plans this month to increase investment in renewables projects and continue adding jobs as soon as the public health crisis is over. Up to a quarter of the €10 billion ($11 billion) the company plans to invest this year will go toward offshore wind.

Iberdrola has long been a major player in U.S. renewables and remains one of the country’s largest owners of onshore wind farms through its controlling stake in Avangrid, a utility and renewables developer. The U.S. — and Avangrid — is now a central plank of Iberdrola’s global offshore wind push, accounting for more than 60 percent of its 12-gigawatt global offshore pipeline.

Read the full article here.


Cybercrime May Be the World’s Third-Largest Economy by 2021

DarkReading, April 13, 2020

The underground economy is undergoing an industrialization wave and booming like never before.

As organizations go digital, so does crime. Today, cybercrime is a massive business in its own right, and criminals everywhere are clamoring to get a piece of the action as companies and consumers invest trillions to stake their claim in the digital universe.

That’s why the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) “Global Risks Report 2020” states that cybercrime will be the second most-concerning risk for global commerce over the next decade until 2030. It’s also the seventh most-likely risk to occur, and eighth most impactful. And the stakes have never been higher. Revenue, profits, and the brand reputations of enterprises are on the line; mission-critical infrastructure is being exposed to threats; and nation-states are engaging in cyber warfare and cyber espionage with each other. 

Putting things into perspective: Walmart, which racks up America’s greatest firm earnings, generated a mind-blowing $514 billion in revenue last year. Yet cybercrime earns 12 times that. Both sell a huge variety of products and services. In fact, in terms of earnings, cybercrime puts even Tesla, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, and Walmart to shame. Their combined annual revenue totals “just” $1.28 trillion.

Read the full article here.


Massachusetts Joins New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Rhode Island’s Multi-State Council to Get People Back to Work and Restore the Economy

New York State, April 13, 2020

Council Will Include One Health Expert, One Economic Development Expert and Respective Chiefs of Staff from Each State

Council Will Develop a Fully Integrated Regional Framework to Gradually Lift the States’ Stay at Home Orders While Minimizing the Risk of Increased Spread of the Virus

New Effort Builds on the States’ Ongoing Regional Approach to Combatting COVID-19

Read full article here.


Exporting Mechanics Webinar Series II 

April 13, 2020

The U.S. Commercial Service, the export promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, has partnered with The NCBFAA Educational Institute (NCBFAA), to present an exporting mechanics webinar series focused on more leading and progressive topics.  The series will provide U.S. small and medium-sized businesses with more advanced information that they need to help them increase exports abroad, while increasing employment and jobs in the United States.   

*The content for all topics will last within an hour, but sometimes, the question and answer session will last beyond the hour based on the number of participants on the webinar.”  

Event:  ACE Export Reports for Compliance

Date:  April 14, 2020

Time:  2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

Cost:  $25 per participant

Learn how to cover the ACE reporting that will assist in international transactions and staying compliant.   

register now

 

For more information, go to NCBFAA


New York will Work with New Jersey, Connecticut When it’s Time to Restart the Economy, Cuomo Says

New York Business Journal, April 8, 2020

New York state will work with New Jersey and Connecticut when it moves to restarting the economy and bringing workers back to their offices once the biggest threat from the coronavirus subsides, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

Many people in the New York City metro area live and work across the three states’ borders, so just as they coordinated shutting down various businesses, it makes sense to eventually together bring people back, Cuomo said at a press conference Tuesday.

“We have to start planning restarting life. We’re not there yet, but this is not a light switch that we can just flick one day and everything goes back to normal,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo has been talking with New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont about potential approaches.

Read the full article here.


The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Explained: What Defense Contractors Need to Know

CSO, April 8, 2020

What is the CMMC?

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is a unified standard for implementing cybersecurity across the defense industrial base (DIB), which includes over 300,000 companies in the supply chain. The CMMC is the DoD’s response to significant compromises of sensitive defense information located on contractors’ information systems.

The US Department of Defense (DoD) released the much-anticipated Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) version 1.0 on January 31, 2020. It was drafted with significant input from University Affiliated Research Centers, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers, and industry.

Read the full article here.


Navy Calls for Face Masks for All Military and Civilians on Base

USNI, April 7, 2020

The Navy is requesting anyone – active duty, reservist, dependent or retiree – visiting a military installation to wear a face mask to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

The new Navy policy, detailed in a recent NAVADMIN, follows mask recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Using cloth face coverings in public settings is expected to help the public stop the spread of COVID-19.

Researchers think the virus is spread mainly from person-to-person, and recent studies indicate people who are infected but have yet to display any symptoms are also likely spreading COVID-19, according to the latest CDC guidance. Cloth masks are intended to help prevent anyone who has Coronavirus from spreading the virus.

Read the full article here.


New England Fishing Groups Wary of Rapid Offshore Wind Development Plans

Energy News Network, April 7, 2020

The wind and fishing industries need to communicate “early and often” to avoid disputes and delays, stakeholders say. 

As offshore wind moves up the coast of New England, efforts are underway to make sure the region’s fishing interests have a seat at the table early in project development.

An alliance of industry and academic stakeholders is promoting the need for research and best practices as offshore wind takes hold in waters where fishing has long been an economic anchor.

Fishing groups have several concerns about the potential for boating obstacles and ecological impacts. A dearth of research makes the industry hesitant as it prepares for a slew of projects that could overwhelm their operations.

Above all, fishing stakeholders want to be included from the start of wind project development.

Read full article here.


Connecticut Safe Workplace Rules for Essential Employers

CBIA, April 7, 2020

The state Department of Economic and Community Development issued new rules April 7 outlining additional protective measures that every workplace in Connecticut deemed essential—and any other business or nonprofit allowed to remain open—must follow.

The following Safe Workplaces Rules for Essential Employers, which took effect immediately, are mandatory throughout the state.

General

  • Essential employees who are able to work from home SHOULD BE WORKING FROM HOME.
  • For employees who have traveled internationally in a region where COVID-19 is active, or have returned from a cruise, it is recommended to stay home and self-monitor for fourteen days, subsequent to returning. 
  • Eliminate all non-essential workplace travel. 
  • Distribute summaries of health insurance processes and procedures to employees.
  • Control access to external visitors including:
    –Prohibiting entry into the facility for non-essential visitors.
    –Interviewing approved visitors about their current health condition and recent travel history.
    –Using hand sanitizer at point of entry to the facility.

Read the full article here.


Groton Metal Shop ‘Moving a Mountain’ to Provide Nose Strips for Homemade Masks

The Day, April 4, 2020

A request from a nurse at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital set off a volunteer effort by the Hillery Company metal fabrication shop to help protect health care workers across the country during the coronavirus pandemic.

With the help of volunteers, who are wearing masks at the Meridian Street shop and practicing social distancing, the company has made and shipped tens of thousands of aluminum strips to secure homemade masks to the face.

The effort is continuing as health care facilities across the country scramble to acquire enough masks and other personal protective equipment to protect them from the contagious respiratory droplets that spread the virus.

Read the full article here.


How Will COVID-19 Impact Long Term Trends in Contracting?

Federal News Network, April 3, 2020

COVID19 presents unique and enduring challenges to business operations and mission fulfillment. While many “lessons learned” regarding best practices to confront natural disasters can be gleaned from such situations as Hurricane Katrina and 9/11, the unprecedented scope and impact of this pandemic raise troubling issues for legacy business models. In terms of “big A” acquisition policy, we believe that the current crisis will fundamentally alter existing programmatic assumptions. Identifying these trends is an important beginning in terms of what lies ahead.

Reading these “tea leaves” allow us to make impacts of recent events upon the broader framework of government IT acquisition. What can we foresee and predict?

From a macro perspective, we believe that the current unprecedented situation has the potential to fundamentally re-align the basic consensus regarding the much-touted benefits of globalization. In terms of government contractors, and IT specifically, we have been discussing the following trends and consequences.

Read full article here.


FBI Releases Guidance on Defending Against VTC Hijacking and Zoom-Bombing

National Cyber Awareness System, April 2, 2020

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released an article on defending against video-teleconferencing (VTC) hijacking (referred to as “Zoom-bombing” when attacks are to the Zoom VTC platform).  Many organizations and individuals are increasingly dependent on VTC platforms, such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams, to stay connected during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The FBI has released this guidance in response to an increase in reports of VTC hijacking.

Read the full article here.


CT Maintains Funds for Transportation, Port Development, Amidst Pandemic

CT Mirror, April 1, 2020

State government will put its credit card to work next week for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic hit Connecticut.

And while the State Bond Commission will consider $5 million for emergency supplies for state and municipal public health agencies, most of the $1 billion in new financing is aimed at transportation infrastructure, economic development and long overdue municipal aid.

The meeting of the 10-member panel, which is chaired by Gov. Ned Lamont, will meet next Wednesday via teleconference at 1 p.m. The proceeding also will be aired and streamed on The Connecticut Network, the state’s public access cable channel.

Read more…

 


Connecticut Port Authority Secures Use of More Land in New London

The Day, March 31, 2020

The Connecticut Port Authority on Tuesday announced it plans to lease a 5-acre parcel of railroad property adjacent to State Pier that will expand the port’s footprint in New London.

State Pier is the future site of a massive $157 million upgrade project, in part to accommodate a wind turbine staging area for partners Ørsted and Eversource.

Since the offshore wind industry does not require rail service, the port authority has said that in return for the lease, it will help facilitate use of the rail further upriver at the site of a newly proposed pier facility envisioned by Mohawk Northeast Inc., a heavy civil construction and engineering company with operations in New London and Groton.

Read more…

**Mohawk Northeast is a Member of the NMC.


Employment Law Letter – COVID-19 Resources

NMC Member Shipman & Goodwin shares a good amount of employment law information on their Employment Law Letter. They’ve recently posted great articles to help you navigate this challenging time.

For the last 40 years, Employment Law Letter has been published quarterly as a service to clients and friends by Shipman & Goodwin’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. The firm is pleased to announce the launch of this website which features the long standing publication along with timely updates relating to Labor and Employment Law.

Read more here.


Another Successful and Informative SUBASE NLON Tour with NMC Members

Once again, Mark Jones of the Naval Submarine Base New London led NMC members on an informative and entertaining tour of the SUBASE. Several members shared that they have worked with EB and the DoD for years but had never seen the areas we were able to share with them during the tour. We had a delicious lunch at the Galley and enjoyed a beautiful day despite not being able to ride a boat due to the current status of the SUBASE.

We have 3 spots remaining for the June 2020 Members-Only tour, so please sign up by emailing us if you are interested in reserving your spot. We will reach out in mid-May to begin collecting information for your background check. Please remember that all attendees must be American citizens.

To keep up with events and closures on base, you can visit their FaceBook page.

 

 


Are You Familiar with the SBIR / STTR Programs?

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation’s R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs. ~https://www.sbir.gov/about/about-sbir

The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) is another program that expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development (R&D) arena. Central to the program is expansion of the public/private sector partnership to include the joint venture opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit research institutions. The unique feature of the STTR program is the requirement for the small business to formally collaborate with a research institution in Phase I and Phase II. STTR’s most important role is to bridge the gap between performance of basic science and commercialization of resulting innovations. ~https://www.sbir.gov/about/about-sttr

While we normally reserve events for our event space, we want to ensure you are familiar these programs as a valuable tool for small businesses. On March 26th, we are hosting an SBIR Workshop during which Sonalysts’ COO and President, and NMC Board Member, will lead you through tips and strategies they implemented to make the most of the time between the topics being issued the proposals being due. If you are interested in the SBIR / STTR program, come to this free workshop. It is not an overview of the program but a chance to learn how to respond to the topics in an effective and efficient way.

Register here.


Stony Creek Networking Evening Pictures

We’ve been receiving great feedback about the NMC Networking Evening at Stony Creek featuring Pat Munger Construction. If you didn’t send Shell feedback yet, please respond to her email so we can ensure your voice is heard. We enjoyed meeting everyone and hearing about great networking opportunities that were created when we gathered you together in one place with great beer and food. Stay tuned for future events like this and be sure to sign up for the March 26th SBIR workshop, which is our next opportunity for members, community partners, and guests to get together!


 

 

 

Halvordson Weighs in on Addition of Offshore Wind to Region’s Submarine Supply Chain

CT Examiner, Feb 8, 2020

GROTON — Opportunities for Connecticut-based companies in the supply chain that services the undersea and maritime industries are increasing now that offshore wind has entered the market, according to Ali Halvordson executive director of the Naval and Maritime Consortium.

“The offshore wind supply chain is very immature in this country. It’s growing and we want to attract it as much [and] as early as possible from Europe,” said Halvordson in her office at UConn Avery Point on Feb. 4.

The consortium, formed in 2017, was originally known as the Connecticut Undersea Supply Chain Consortium and focused on the submarine industry, but that changed recently to include offshore wind, given the overlap of supply chains for the two industries.

“It just made a lot of sense in our overarching vision, as well to help companies diversify their portfolios beyond defense. It’s a lot of the same technology, a lot of the same goods and services on the commercial side,” she said.

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The NMC and Ali Halvordson, Executive Director of the NMC, Nominated for 2020 CTEntreprenuer Awards

Congratulations to our Consortium as an entity, which has been nominated for Program of the Year, and to our own Ali Halvordson, who has been nominated for CTEntreprenuer’s Community Builder of the Year!
 
Ali and the Board of Directors are honored and thankful for these nominations. They have put much effort into building a great community here at NMC and ensuring 2020 is set up for success in growing the organization as well as developing ideas to bring maximum value to our members.

Voting opens here for Ali and here for the NMC on February 8th, 2020. 


Ørsted and Eversource Partner with Groton, Conn. Maritime Automation Technology

North American Clean Energy, January 30, 2020

Joint venture partners Ørsted and Eversource announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Groton-based marine automation and monitoring innovator ThayerMahan. ThayerMahan is a pioneer in the marine robotics and maritime surveillance industry and the MOU will explore the provision of maritime wildlife monitoring and seabed surveillance services for Ørsted and Eversource’s upcoming Revolution Wind offshore wind project.

“When we started looking at growing the offshore wind industry in Connecticut, one of the most important factors was ensuring we are setting up in an area with some of the best innovators and most skilled workforce in the world. Offshore wind is part of the next generation of green energy and green technology, and we need partners who are the best in their industry,” said CEO of Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind Thomas Brostrøm. “The people at ThayerMahan are remarkable inventors, and their technology will help us reduce any disruption offshore wind might have on North Atlantic marine life and the local fishing fleets.”

“In addition to the hundreds of well-paying, local jobs that will be required to construct our Revolution Wind project, utilizing local partners like ThayerMahan will be critical to the overall success of our projects in Connecticut and beyond,” said Eversource Vice President of Business Development Mike Auseré. “We look forward to working with ThayerMahan to bring our Revolution Wind project to life and advance Connecticut’s clean energy economy and achieve its aggressive climate goals.”

Read more…

**ThayerMahan is an NMC member.


Marine Construction Firm Envisions Expansion, New Pier in New London

The Day, January 24, 2020

New London — Mohawk Northeast Inc., a heavy civil construction and engineering company that operates a marine services division in Groton, is contemplating an ambitious expansion project in New London that would boost use of the city’s waterfront.

The Plantsville-based company recently purchased three acres of land off Lewis Street on the Thames River adjacent to State Pier that a century ago was the site of the Thames River Lumber Company, a thriving lumber yard complete with a pier for offloading ships carrying wood.

The site, just north of the Gold Star Memorial Bridge, now features a collection of warehouse buildings that Mohawk had been leasing for the past several years and uses for storage of vehicles, equipment and material. Public records show the company, under the name West Bank Properties LLC, purchased the site, listed as 18 Eastern Ave., for $2 million from Eastern Avenue Properties.

Under plans in the early conceptual stage, Mohawk imagines a bulkhead to expand use of the shoreline, a staging area, railroad spur, and a 100-foot-by-400-foot pier — enough space to dock barges and other vessels for repairs or offloading equipment and bulk materials. The parcel offers water access and straddles the rail line, making the site an optimal place to use both the waterway and freight rail for its marine construction operations, said J. David Schill, Mohawk’s vice president of special projects and business development.

Read more…

**Mohawk Northeast Inc. is a member of the NMC. David Schill serves on our Board of Directors