The Baltimore Sun: Tradepoint Atlantic chosen as Maryland’s 1st staging area for offshore wind energy

The following article appeared on on July 23, 2019.

Tradepoint Atlantic in Baltimore County will become the site of Maryland’s first offshore wind staging center thanks to a new partnership with Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind.

Both companies shared the announcement at a press conference Tuesday at the former Sparrows Point steel mill, which was acquired by Tradepoint for redevelopment into a distribution hub. Ørsted’s staging center plans to use 50 of the 3,300 acres to receive, assemble and transfer turbine components to build Skipjack Wind Farm, which is 19.5 miles off Maryland’s coast.

A staging area is a site with water access where shipping vessels can transport and deliver large turbine components for assembly before they are sent out to sea for installation. Ørsted’s partnership with Tradepoint will include strengthening ground bearing capacity at the port to allow heavy-lift cranes and specialized transporters to move wind turbine components, some weighing as much as 2,000 tons, from ships onto the Skipjack site.

The partnership is expected to be “a major milestone” for Maryland’s workforce, Tradepoint chief commercial officer Kerry Doyle said. He also said this would bring new manufacturing jobs to Sparrows Point. Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. called the partnership “special” to him because it would secure “a better future for this part of town.”

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