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EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ The Coastal Resources Management Council Ocean Special Area Management Plan Subcommittee met at the East Providence Town Hall on Tuesday afternoon to further discuss their contract with Deepwater Wind who has plans to build a 30-megawatt offshore wind farm off the coast of Block Island.
The subcommittee continued an ongoing discussion on the certified verification agent that will be overseeing the mechanical and engineering plans for the project, but with the nominated CVA, the American Bureau of Shipping, present this time to hammer out kinks in the contract between the three groups.
The subcommittee previously felt that ABS was an appropriate fit for a CVA for the project, but had some contractual concerns regarding who ABS would be reporting to and which state laws the project jurisdiction would fall under, as ABS is headquartered in Houston, Texas. At the previous subcommittee meeting Chris Van Beek, president of Deepwater Wind, informed the committee that the company thoroughly reviewed ABS and its qualifications before selecting them as a potential CVA. Van Beek affirmed that they had the appropriate previous experience with wind farm construction and operation and said that they understood the East Coast weather conditions extensively.
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