In an effort to ensure best safety practices are used in the eventual development of offshore wind located along the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has awarded a contract to PMSS America, a subsidiary of the U.K.-based advisory firm.
According to PMSS, the research will be based on a hypothetical offshore wind farm off the OCS. PMSS says it will develop a safety management system, audit criteria,Â safety templates and checklists.
Through a series of workshops and research and investigations, PMSS will amass its collective experience, and that of the industry, to develop a system that is clear, accessible, understandable and effective. The system will be designed in consultation with BSEE and other key stakeholders in the U.S. offshore wind sector.
PMSS intends to draw upon European and U.S.-based environment, health and safety (EHS) experts.
PMSS says Jim Doane, a senior offshore wind engineer, and consultant Tanjia Maynard will provide technical safety input. From the U.K., Alan Chivers, PMSS CEO of PMSS and co-chair of the American Wind Energy Association's offshore safety subcommittee, and Jerry Carnell, the company's principal EHS consultant, will provide technical support.
BSEE works to promote safety, protect the environment and conserve resources offshore through regulatory oversight and enforcement.