Sulmara was contracted to locate, inspect, and relocate subsea targets identified as potential hazards along the Vineyard Wind 1 (VW1) Offshore Export Cable Corridor (OECC) connecting the 800-megawatt VW1 Wind Turbine Area (WTA) to the shoreside landing at Covell’s Beach, Massachusetts.
Sulmara turned the project around in four weeks from contract signature to the client kick off meeting.
The Berto L Miller was offshore in the Nantucket Sound and Muskeget Channel for nine (9) days deploying the mechanical subsea grapple through the A-frame at the stern of the vessel.
Before departing New Bedford, the vessel embarked representatives from Local Labor 385 & Local Divers 56 who sailed as trained observers keeping watchful eye for cetaceans and turtles during daylight hours.
Sulmara relocated 58 objects in total from boulders to fishing debris. A high current regime, inaccurate provided water depths and shifting sands in the Muskeget Channel made this a continuously challenging environment within which to work. The team delivered a safe passage for the pipeline.
The Sulmara project team down-manned the vessel, provided a cleaning service to disinfect the vessel accommodation, and implemented a strict regimen of monitoring & testing. After the initial outbreak and localized spread during mobilization, Covid 19 had no further impact to the project.