Protecting Shipping and Navigation

Protecting Shipping and Navigation

New York State convened the Maritime Technical Working Group to create best management practices and identify opportunities for mitigating the maritime community’s concerns relating to offshore wind energy development. Some of the steps being considered to reduce risks to shipping and navigational safety during siting, construction, and operation of offshore wind facilities include:

  • Conduct navigational safety risk assessments prior to development to help determine appropriate measures for reducing shipping and navigational safety concerns, such as:
    • Creating a marine emergency response system
    • Establishing suitable minimum distances between vessels and offshore structures
  • Use the U.S. Coast Guard’s weekly Local Notice to Mariners to help mitigate possible issues that arise from dense vessel traffic during construction activities
  • Leave sufficient space when navigating around turbines to allow for proper maneuvering in the event of an unplanned incident
  • Navigate further away from offshore wind energy projects to reduce the potential for wind turbines to affect a ship’s radar
  • Continue engaging stakeholders through New York State’s Maritime Technical Working Group to better understand existing conditions in the marine environment and reduce concerns related to offshore wind energy development