The Guice Offshore (GO) vessel GO Discovery is proudly featured in the latest edition of Offshore Wind Farm Support’s online magazine as being among the latest to carry a Certified Fisheries Liaison Officers (CFLO). The GO Discovery is currently working for Vineyard Wind off the coast of Massachusetts helping to perform geophysical survey operations in preparation for building the nation’s first utility-scale offshore wind energy project that will generate clean, renewable, affordable energy for over 400,000 homes and businesses across the state, while reducing carbon emissions by over 1.6 million tons per year.
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“Certified Fisheries Liaison Officers (CFLOs) aboard all vessels working in Offshore Wind are vitally important because they virtually eliminate any confrontations, and if there is one, the fire is put out well before it has chance to turn into a public relations nightmare,” wrote Paul Forsberg in the Offshore Wind Farm Support article featuring the GO Discovery.
Offshore Wind Farm Support provides services to help develop positive business relationships between offshore wind developers and all other stakeholders in the marine field. Having a CFLO who “speaks the same language” as local mariners aboard a wind survey or supply vessel like the GO Discovery has been shown to substantially minimize negative interactions and resulting misunderstandings between fishermen and wind power infrastructure developers.
Since 2000, Offshore Wind Farm Support has been placing, training and certifying fishermen to work on offshore wind vessels like those in the Guice Offshore fleet and, to date, they have covered hundreds of thousands of survey miles, and completed multiple hundreds of deep sub sea bottom samples without a single contentious interaction or confrontation with a fishing vessel.
“A CFLO comes from the fishing business, understands and speaks the local lingo, and there is a very good chance he actually knows the captain on the fishing boat,” Forsberg explained.
About Guice Offshore’s Jones Act-Compliant Offshore Support Vessel Fleet
Guice Offshore, an offshore supply vessel and offshore maritime transportation company with a modern fleet of dynamically positioned offshore supply vessels and mini-supply vessels, is experienced in offshore wind infrastructure development, with our offshore vessels having performed a variety of functions across the various stages of wind energy projects, such as surveying, transportation of blades and turbines, installation, inspection, maintenance and crew transfer, among other jobs.