The US supply chain for offshore wind builds upon a national supply chain that addresses the needs and requirements of the robust and expanding land-based wind energy industry. The Port of New Bedford and Massachusetts Clean Energy Center have identified and pre-qualified an existing US supply chain with the basic quality, safety, bonding, and documentation required by prime contractors in offshore wind. These include: pier-side services, at-sea services, equipment suppliers, materials, consumables, and supplies.
The US Department of Energy maintains a national wind supply chain database and GIS Wind Supply Chain Map that includes offshore wind supply chain needs. Massachusetts companies that are recognized as capable of supplying the wind industry are represented on the current database and GIS Offshore Wind Supply Chain Map.
The New Bedford Wind Energy Center and Bristol Community College have proposed a research effort to update the GLWN study; generate a customized analysis of the three leaseholder’s projected port, logistics and supply chain requirements and produce a comprehensive assessment of the alignment of Massachusetts ports and advanced manufacturing ecosystem specifically (now and in the future) with those identified needs.
New Bedford is taking a regional approach to supply chain development. The Port of New Bedford is home to over 200 maritime businesses, including an active cargo shipping industry, a cruising industry, bulk and break-bulk cargo facilities, numerous shipyards and vessel repair facilities, as well as significant fishing and ferrying operations.
New Bedford offers a readily accessible uncongested exit of the marine highway. New Bedford is a deep-water intermodal port with easy access to the maritime corridor from the Atlantic coast and European ports, located at a key juncture of Short Sea and International Shipping Routes. The port is approximately 25 nautical miles from the MAWEA, and has excellent direct access to interstate highways (I-95, I-93, Route 128, 140 and 195), as well as rail, and air connections (New Bedford Regional Airport) to major US and European supply chain hubs.