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Sea to Land: US Offshore Port Development for Optimal Logistics & Spotlight on Virginia
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9/19/2019 to 9/20/2019
When: Thursday, September 19 - Friday, September 20, 2019
Varies Daily
Where: Hilton Norfolk The Main
100 E Main Street
Norfolk, Virginia  23510
United States

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VMA is proud to sponsor this event! PLEASE NOTE: VMA membership does not get a discount.
That discounts are only available to "Business Network for Offshore Wind" members.

Sea to Land

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   PLEASE NOTE: That discounts are only available to "Business Network for Offshore Wind" members.  

About Sea to Land

Sea 2 LandWith 112,799 acres of commercial area already leased and the potential to support more than 2,000 megawatts of wind generation, Virginia is all about scale. After more than a decade in the making, the US offshore wind sector is moving beyond successfully installing offshore wind turbines in state waters and moving into the larger power potential of federal waters. Existing federal leases within the Atlantic waters and with the potential of scale, the US now has a strong and growing pipeline. Primary components are increasing in size and vessels are being planned for the US market. Now is the time to review the East Coasts ports' present assets and to start the discussion on how optimal logistics may counter potential costly overruns.

Dominion, working with partners Ørsted and LEMeyers, are taking the first deep dive into Federal water with the 2 x 6 MW turbines expected to start spinning next year. With the project already started, the lessons learned from this invaluable deployment will help the industry and supply chain businesses successfully ramp up to utility scale. In addition, research and support from Old Dominion University will help prepare the workforce and further drive down the cost of offshore wind via innovations. With additional State procurements coming in 2020 and 2022, now is the time to enter the offshore wind industry. Let’s take a closer look, learn, help and get involved!

The Business Network for Offshore Wind and Dominion Energy are co-organizing the one-day 2019 Sea to Land to bring together the supply-chain business community with federal and state government officials to accelerate Virginia’s inclusion of large-scale offshore wind within the state’s energy mix.

Businesses will have the opportunity to set up one on one meetings through our electronic WindMatch™ system. Sign up early to secure your appointments.



Where & When

September 19-20, 2019

Venue & Hotel

The Main is Downtown Norfolk's newest upscale hotel, dining, and meeting destination. At Main and Granby Streets, our luxury hotel sits along the downtown Norfolk waterfront. Embrace the downtown lifestyle and walk to cultural attractions, trendy shopping and dining and the Elizabeth River.



Thursday, September 19

7:30am Registration Open & Networking Breakfast
8:30am Welcome & US Market Overview
The importance of ports, the need for bringing efficient logistics into mainstream discussions and Advantage Virginia
Liz Burdock, Business Network for Offshore Wind
8:40am The Rise of Virginia’s Offshore Wind
Mark D. Mitchell Vice President, Dominion Energy – Generation Construction
8:55am Welcome
9:00am Does a Coordinated Port Strategy Make Sense for the East Coast? And How Do We Get There?
The US is unlikely to have a custom built offshore wind port with perfect, modern terminals with high pier strengths, dredge free deep channels, abundant waterside storage, and clear air daft for the tallest of the offshore wind components. The alternative to a customized central port is a coordinated but decentralized activities over multiple ports. Deciding which terminals are matched with suitable functions for deployment activities within a specific window of time in proximity of the offshore construction activity at a realistic cost, is a challenge. How are these challenges to be overcome and for how long?
10:00am Let’s Talk Vessels (Construction and O&M) Offshore wind is unlikely to secure a waiver to the Jones Act so what are the implications? As-sume the growing pipeline of projects provides sufficient assurance for private financiers to in-vest in vessels - what functions will the vessels be required to perform? How many vessels will be needed for a) construction, b) major repairs and c) operations and maintenance?
11:00am Networking Break
11:30pm Port and Logistical for Construction and Operation Phases
Building upon the port strategy there is a need to match land based infrastructure to suit vessel design and availability along with managing the logistical coordination as efficiently as possible to minimize deployment costs.
12:30pm Networking Lunch
1:30pm Innovations In Heavy Lift and Transport Specialized roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) vessels, heavy capacity hydraulic modular trailers, or SPMTs, with many axels are being increasingly used to drive components such as nacelles weighing over 350 tons onto and off roll-on/roll-off vessels. SPMTs are more cost-effective in mobilizing loads than conventional cranes. SPMTs can be combined with barges to use the inland waterways. Barges are also used not only for wind turbines but other heavy cargoes such as transformers and generators.
2:30pm Supply Chain Joint Ventures Offshore wind construction requires pools of specialized assets, skills, experience and judge-ment - for this reason supply chain members are likely to cluster into working synergistic teams or carry out specialized activities in quasi joint ventures. In addition to the performance effi-ciency and therefore the competitiveness created by the clusters or joint ventures, the focused expertise is likely to win the confidence of the debt financing banks which in turn will help build the US supply chain capacity.
3:30pm Pitch and Brew Enjoy a cup of fresh coffee or cold beer while listening to businesses give a three-minute speed presentations about the services and expertise they have to offer and be sure to prioritize your introductions as you look to formulate your position within the growing supply chain clusters during the Networking Reception.
4:30 pm Networking Reception (Exhibition Area)

Friday, September 20

8:30am Opening Remarks Including: Update on Virginia Project(s) – Coastal Offshore Virginia
Given that the deployment of the 2 X 6MW turbines in the research area officially started in the summer of 2019, this briefing will provide timeline updates for the key milestones, including grid connection along with future plans for the commercial lease area
9:00am Federal, State & Local Resources to Support the Offshore Wind Industry and Supply Chain
As Virginia starts the construction of the USA’s first installation in Federal waters there will be an increasing call upon the national, state and local public sector groups to provide support to establish and grow a local supply chain.
10:00am Think Globally, Act Locally
The world used that last 30 years to deploy 20GW of offshore wind and according to IRENA, the next 30 years will witness a global growth with an additional 500 GW of offshore wind. This will global growth provides US supply chain companies opportunities to export their products and services thereby further amortizing Capex expenditures and lowering costs. How companies should think globally while working locally?
11:00aam Networking Break
11:15am This Side and Just Over the Horizon: Supply Chain Opportunities
As Dominion with Ørsted progress with the installation of the 2 X 6MW turbines this session expects to unveil what is expected from the secondary and tertiary supply chain businesses including Virginia based companies up to and including the end of installation (2020), the operations and maintenance phase; and in preparing for the utility-scale commercial lease area.
12:15pm Wrap Up Key points and future milestones
Ross Tyler, Business Network for Offshore Wind
12:30pm Networking Light Lunch

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