“Make it rain with strong winds”
By CAPTAIN DAVE MONTI
“I’m going to try and get closer to the pylon,” said Captain Patrick Cassidy, Cape Cod charter captain and captain’s school instructor at New England Maritime Academy. “OK, can we take to the sea, gust it to 35 miles an hour and then make it rain,” said Captain Paul Eidman, a charter captain from New Jersey where the Ocean Wind Park is under construction. off Atlantic City. Captain Paul Forsberg, owner / operator of the Freeport, New York-based Viking Party Boat Fleet, said: “We started to sway as the sea picked up. Those who were not used to piloting the high seas actually started to get a little dizzy. Piloting a ship with this simulator is very realistic. “
I wouldn’t recommend trying to approach a turbine pylon in a wind farm for fun, but the charter captains and fishermen I have experienced the Revolution Wind Farm simulator with have all put the simulator on. the test by pushing it to the maximum. . The Revolution Wind Farm is an 88-turbine wind farm expected to be built 15 to 20 miles off the coast of Newport, IR. Ørsted, developer of the wind farm, has developed a simulator to provide mariners with a realistic experience of how it would be to pilot in a large-scale wind farm.
The participants I attended the simulator session with were accomplished fishermen and / or charter captains. The simulator wind farm used the preferred network approved by the Coast Guard, with the turbine pylons spaced one nautical mile (1.15 statured miles) apart.
The simulator was designed and developed by the US Marine Resources Center (USMRC) in Middletown, RI. The Center is an independent, not-for-profit maritime research and research center on maritime operations and maritime research. They focus on navigation and operational safety. Ship captains train there on simulators in the same way that airplane pilots use combat simulation to learn and practice flying airplanes. The USMRC was commissioned to build the simulator by Ørsted, a wind farm developer and owner of the Block Island Wind Farm, South Fork and Revolution wind farms.
Through the demonstration, Ørsted hopes to educate sailors on wind farm networks and recommended configurations as well as construction, operation and emergency procedures. The simulator also allowed mariners to operate vessels in a variety of conditions, giving them first-hand understanding of the scale and seaworthiness of operational turbine arrays.
In a follow-up briefing, a RISAA member, fishing journalist and expert fishing guide Todd Corayer from Rhode Island said, “The movement at the helm was very realistic, you could actually feel the sea beneath your feet. feet, then when the rain, the high seas, the wind and the fog came, it was necessary to rely on instruments to control the wind farm.
Participants piloted a 72-foot fishing trawler as well as a 33-foot center console through the wind farm. When piloting the center console (which looks more like the ship I would pilot in the wind farm) at 40 miles per hour, the piloting time between the pylons spaced a mile apart was three to four times faster than the trawler. This spacing offered a lot of leeway even when the captains tried to steer close to the pylons, it took a long time for them to get close.
Even at this faster speed I felt safe and had plenty of time to navigate without any safety concerns as I was getting too close. In bad weather with high seas and winds, you just slow down, as you would if in bad weather anywhere. The faster speeds of the simulator also presented no challenges for the other captains in the simulator room.
Another initial concern I had was the ability to navigate the mile-long corridor created by the network. I was delighted to learn that when facing oncoming vessels, including pleasure craft, fishing trawlers, and even a Coast Guard knife, the spacing between the turbines provided enough space to maneuvering, vessel avoidance and safety.
If you are fishing or sailing offshore you should give the simulator a try. As I found, this prepares you a lot, giving you a realistic experience, in a variety of conditions, piloting your way through a wind farm.
If you want to get a feel for how to use the simulator, you can watch a short video taken by Captain Paul Forsberg on his experience using the simulator. Visit https://offshorewfs.com/navigating-an-offshore-wind-farm-video/.
For more information on the simulator, contact Ross Pearsall, Ørsted Fisheries Relations Manager, at [email protected] Sale of used equipment Snug Harbor Marina
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Fresh water. Visit http://www.dem.ri.gov/programs/fish-wildlife/freshwater-fisheries/troutwaters.php for a full list of stocked trout ponds in RI. In Massachusetts, visit www.mass.gov/freshwater-fishing-information. “At Willet Avenue Pond, Riverside, fishermen still fish for trout with some mixed salmon, but no reports of golden trout fishing there. And, the largemouth bass bite at Slater Park Pond, Pawtucket was also good with it giving up a 5.25 pound largemouth last week, ”said John Littlefield of Archie’s Bait & Tackle, Riverside. Ken Ferrara of Ray’s Bait & Tackle, Warwick said, “All the South County ponds that have been stocked are still yielding trout for customers.”
Tautog. Elisa Cahill of Sung Harbor Marina in South Kingstown said, “One of our clients who fish commercially took a few days to get ten fish in the breaches. But, the Laura Ann party boat (capacity 25, takes singles) did pretty well with the tautog and cod south of Block Island. “Customers connect with the tautog warden off Jamestown and Newport,” said Ken Ferrara of Ray’s Bait & Tackle.
Striped Bass. “The fish were very, very small at first, but now they are catching good-sized school bass at the west wall (of the harbor of the refuge),” said Elisa Cahill of Sung Harbor. “Anglers continue to catch small bass in the Providence River at Sabin Point as the bite in creeks and estuaries is still very slow. Maybe this week, with warmer weather, the fishing will improve. The water temperature was 46 degrees earlier this week in Narragansett. The historic 54 and 55 degrees was a good temperature for the striped bass in the spring.
Dave Monti holds a captain’s license and a chartered fishing license. He sits on various boards and commissions, and is a consultant focused on ocean cleanliness, habitat preservation, conservation, renewable energy, and fisheries issues and clients. Send fishing news and photos to [email protected] or visit www.noflukefishing.com.