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Block Island Wind Farm Ferry Tour

Block Island Wind Farm Ferry Tour

Monday, September 25, 2017
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Join the New England Science Writers on a ferry tour of Block Island Wind Farm, the first offshore wind farm in the United States, on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. We anticipate high interest in this event, so be sure to reserve your spot today. 

NESW is working with Special Initiative on Offshore Wind at the University of Delaware to develop a one-day program that includes a ferry trip out to the Block Island Wind Farm, as well as talks with offshore wind researchers from the University of Delaware (UD), the National Wildlife Federation, and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. 

NESW is offering bus transportation from MIT, and participants are also welcome to meet us at the ferry in Rhode Island.

The ferry will depart from North Kingstown, R.I., at 10:00 a.m. and return to shore at 1 p.m. Presentations will take place onboard the boat on the way to and from the wind farm. ??The cruise departs from the Martha’s Vineyard Fast Ferry terminal located at 1347 Quonset Road, North Kingstown, RI 02852. Visit Atlantic Wind Transfers for detailed directions. 


  • Willett Kempton – Research director for UD's Center for Carbon-free Power Integration with expertise in viability, efficiency, and public opinion of offshore wind farms
  • Cristina Archer –  Associate professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment at UD with expertise in meteorology and physical ocean sciences
  • David Biggers – Marine avian specialist with the Federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
  • Catherine Bowes – Senior manager for climate and energy at the National Wildlife Federation
Notes and Logistics:
There is a snack bar on the boat with limited offerings but there aren't any restaurants near by, so a bag lunch for after we return to shore is recommended.

The water may be choppy so plan for the possibility of sea sickness. Note that sea sickness pills such as Dramamine or Bonine as well as the Scopolamine must be administered well BEFORE boarding the boat to be effective.

A note about financing:  The Special Initiative on Offshore Wind at the University of Delaware will be covering the costs of the ferry and presenters' travel. The Initiative receives funding support from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the John Merck Fund.

Email Noelle Swan with any additional questions.

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New England Science Writers
1035 Cambridge St, #1
Cambridge, MA, 02141
Deborah Halber

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