Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Agenda for 2nd Annual Maritime Summit - Gloucester, MA at Cruiseport Gloucester Feb 7

The AGENDA is now available for the 2nd Annual Maritime Summit, Feb 7th at Cruiseport Gloucester, and is attached to this email.  Please join us, …and welcome if you have already registered!    

You will find a line-up of extraordinary and diverse presentations throughout the day.  We are also excited to bring you exhibits of robotics, oceanographic equipment, and research vessels at the dock.

With 80 participants signed up, registration will close when we reach 100.
Registration will be available until we reach capacity:

City Hall Three Pond Road Gloucester, MA 01930
TEL 978-282-8017
FAX 978-281-9779

Innovations in the Maritime Economy
Gloucester, MA 

February 7, 2013
At Cruiseport, Gloucester

8:00 Registration, Exhibits open & coffee

9:00 Welcome to the New Port Economy Mayor Carolyn Kirk

9:15 Green Chemistry & Biomimicry: the next generation of opportunity
Dr. John Warner, Founder
The Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry

10:00 Innovation in Action – Snapshots from the Working Port
Mortillaro Lobster Cruiseport Gloucester
Cape Ann Seafood Exchange UMass Large Pelagics Center

Ocean Alliance Maritime Gloucester

11:15 Break to Exhibits

Monte Rome, Principal
Vince Mortillaro, Principal
Sheree DeLorenzo, Principal
Chris Duffey, Manager
Steve Goodwin, Dean
UMass College of Natural Sciences Iain Kerr, CEO
Tom Balf, Executive Director

11:45 Lunch
Lunch Speaker:
Dr. J. Ru Morrison - Executive Director
Northeastern Regional Association
of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS)

1:00 Maritime Growth Opportunities

1:00 Diversified Fisheries – Current Adaptations and Innovation

Gloucester: Sustainable Innovation at the Ocean’s Edge

Ann Molloy, President, Neptune’s Harvest
Niaz Dorry, Coordinating Director, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance Steve Aldrich, Managing Director, Rabican Companies

1:30 Dynamic Areas of Ocean Sciences Aquaculture in the Gulf of Maine
Dr. Richard Langan, Atlantic Marine Aquaculture Center
Modeling fluctuating currents to minimize bycatch - NOAA
Dr. John Hoey, Director, Northeast Cooperative Research Program Dr. Jon Hare, Director, NOAA Fisheries Laboratory, Narragansett

2:00 Technologies of the New Maritime Economy
Dr. Iain Kerr, CEO, Ocean Alliance
Dr. Andrew Bennet, Associate Professor of Engineering, Olin College Dr. David Barrett, Associate Professor of Engineering, Olin College

2:30 Mapping the New Maritime Economy in the Northeast Region
Tom Balf, Director, Maritime Gloucester
Gregg Cademartori, Planning Director, City of Gloucester

3:00 Catalysts for Growth
Group discussion, Facilitated by Sarah Garcia, Director, Harbor Planning 

4:00 Reception cash bar 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Gloucester Daily Times Reports: Blackburn turbines fully up and running Blackburn giants now fully up and running

photo by Thom Falzarano

January 15, 2013

Blackburn turbines fully up and running

Blackburn giants now fully up and running

Do not be confused.
While they are not running constantly, Gloucester’s trio of tickets to the clean energy era — the gigantic tri-blade wind turbines at Blackburn Industrial Park — are now on line.
And as the wind spins them, they are generating electricity, while also saving money for their owners and the city of Gloucester.
The largest of the three, its blades’ apex a full 479 feet above the ground, was put on line Dec. 6 by Varian Semiconductor/Applied Materials, while the smaller twin turbines — a mere 255 feet at the top of the blades’ arc, and owned by Equity Industrial Turbines, a subsidiary of Equity Industrial Partners, the landlord of Gloucester Engineering — went on line Dec. 31.
Rick Johnson, director of facilities for Varian, a bureau unit of Applied Materials Silicons Systems Group, said the turbine was projected to produce 8.5 million kilowatt hours for the maker of capital equipment used in the manufacturing of chips, and translates into $1 million in annual net savings. Varian uses enormous amounts of power in its manufacturing process.
The city’s partnership with Gloucester Engineering, meanwhile, is projected to save the city $450,000 a year and also provide “a substantial savings” in net electricity charges to Gloucester Engineering, which makes equipment that is used to extrude plastics to make bags and films. Rich Kleiman, Gloucester Engineering’s wind power consultant, said the precise information on the projected benefits to the company was private.
While all of the turbines are up and running, they do not operate in very low or high winds.
Johnson said when winds were at 7 miles per hour or less, the Varian turbine will not operate for economic reasons; when the wind speed is 56 miles an hour or greater, the turbine will shutdown for safety reasons.
Kleiman said the Gloucester Engineering turbines’ cut-out speeds at the low and high ends were about the same.
In addition, he said there is also a condition that will automatically shutdown one of the twin turbines on his company’s site.
At times when the wind is oriented precisely along the axis of the two turbines in either direction, the rear turbine goes off line and shuts down to avoid a condition in which the wind is spun as it turns the blades — a situation that would put unequal pressures on the blades of the second turbine in what Kleiman described as an “I formation.”
“They are programmed to protect the trailing one from turbulence,” he said.
In the meantime, the agreement with Equity Industrial Turbines means the city’s buildings will be virtually entirely powered by clean energy, Mayor Carolyn Kirk said.
The turbines were being built as part of a 25-year agreement with Equity Industrial Turbines, which is expected to save the city of Gloucester a minimum of $11 million over the life of the contract, Kirk has said.
”The electricity goes to the grid, and all the net metering credits go to the city,” said Kleiman.
He said the turbines also provide redundancy in the event of a blackout, an interruption of the delivery system from the grid, or a brownout due to high local usage.
The installment of the turbines last fall drew intense interest from residents, many of whom watched the blades and other parts being transported from Cruiseport Gloucester — where they arrived by boat — and then being installed at both Varian and Gloucester Engineering. Hundreds of residents and visitors alike also turned out for a ceremonial signing of a blade in November.
That blade — and those signatures, complete with a visible heart symbol drawn on by a local resident, Kirk said — is on the Gloucester Engineering turbine that sits closest to the Route 128 Extension.
Richard Gaines can be reached at 978-283-7000, or at

Monday, January 14, 2013

2nd Annual Maritime Summit - Registration Open and Exhibitor Opportunities

2nd Annual Maritme Summit
City of Gloucester Sponsors 2nd Annual Maritime Summit at Cruiseport Gloucester 6 Rowe Square Gloucester, MA 01930

To Exhibit:

2nd Annual Maritime Summit Gloucester, MA

The $20 admission includes speakers, exhibits, lunch, and reception 

The City of Gloucester would like you to Join the Maritime Conversation at the 2nd Annual Maritime Summit in Gloucester MA. The discussion and speakers will be addressing sustainable marine technologies, future of maritime robotics, diversified fisheries, product development, and ocean energy. This all day event is looking to collaborate on the future of ocean resourcesand emerging roles for working ports.
Keynote Speakers include Dr. John Warner of the Warner babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, Dr. J. Ru Morrison of the Northeaster Regional Association of Coastal Observing Systems

Innovation in Action - Snapshots from the Working Port
Intershell  Monte Rome, Principal
Mortillaro Lobster  Vince Mortillaro, Principal
Cruiseport Gloucester  Sheree DeLorenzo, Principal
Cape Ann Seafood Exchange Chris Duffey, Manager
Gortons of Gloucester  Judd Reis, CEO (invited)
UMass Large Pelagics Center  Steve Goodwin, Dean (invited)
Ocean Alliance  Iain Kerr, CEO 
Maritime Gloucester  Tom Balf, Executive Director
 cruiseport panorama
photo credit: Thom Falzarano

waterfront view
2nd Annual Maritime Summit
The City of Gloucester, MA is working with the New England North Network of Maritime Resources in                                                                                                         photo credit: Good Morning Gloucester

diversified fisheries, dynamic areas of ocean sciences, and ocean technologies and product development
Annual Maritime Summit in Gloucester, MA. We would be happy to see you there.
 Hosted by the City of Gloucester and Mayor Carolyn Kirk at Cruiseport Gloucester, 6 Rowe Square, Gloucester, MA 01930 on February 7, 2013 from 8am-4pm. 
Click here to Register Now for the event. Link is on the City of Gloucester's Website and it costs $20 for the day, that includes lunch, speakers, and the reception. 

There is Exhibitor Opportunities for this event. If you have something interesting to show and tell Please call, Melissa Abbott at to reserve your table or call 978-852-0381. The Exhibitor fee is $100

save date maritime summit

The $20 admission includes speakers, exhibits, lunch, and reception 
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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

BOSTON GLOBE: Three wind turbines push Gloucester to renewable energy forefront

 Interesting to note that they came ashore from Germany in Gloucester at the Gloucester Marine Terminal mega dock at Cruiseport Gloucester. Not only does Gloucester have renewable energy, it also received important freight into the Port! 

BOSTON GLOBE: Three wind turbines push 

Gloucester to renewable energy forefront

Mayor Caroline Kirk signs one of the blades on the turbine being erected at Gloucester Engineeering at Blackburn Industrial Park.

Mayor Caroline Kirk signs one of the blades on the turbine being erected at Gloucester Engineeering at Blackburn Industrial Park.
By Steven A. Rosenberg
Globe Staff /  January 5, 2013
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GLOUCESTER — For centuries, wind has played a central role in Gloucester’s economy, pushing fishing vessels across oceans, and helping to make the port the most storied fishing village in the country.
These days, the city and private developers are looking to the wind to save money and to cut down on burning fossil fuel. Gloucester has become the first community in the North region with three turbines, taking advantage of an average daily wind speed of nearly 16 miles per hour.
“It’s a statement about choosing our own destiny and becoming independent from oil,” said Mayor Carolyn Kirk. “We’re a progressive community that has always relied on the wind. This is a natural fit for Gloucester.”
Like burnished, inanimate giants, the three turbines and blades each stretch over 400 feet into the air. They’re the latest to be hoisted into the sky by developers and municipalities that are looking for alternative energy. In Ipswich, a second turbine is being built and should be running by the end of the year, with the pair set to provide 7 percent of the town’s power. In Medford, a small turbine helps power a middle school and saves the city $25,000 annually. The Lynn Water and Sewer Commission is erecting a 254-foot-high turbine along the Lynnway, a $1.8 million investment that will save the city as much as $5 million over the next 20 years.
Two public-private turbines in Gloucester went into service last Monday when National Grid issued authorization to interconnect with its system, according to Richard E. Kleiman, a wind power consultant for Gloucester Engineering, the city’s partner in the project. Gloucester is now the only city in the state producing the equivalent of its municipal electric load/use with wind turbines, Kleiman said.
The deal allows the city to power all of its buildings — from City Hall to its high school — at a subsidized rate, saving almost $500,000 a year for the next quarter-century.
In Gloucester, the three turbines were built by businesses. One is owned by Applied Materials, the parent company of Varian Semiconductor. Varian’s 2.5-megawatt, 492-foot-high turbine is the tallest in Massachusetts, and is expected to provide about one-third of the company’s power since it began operating last month. About 30 percent of the turbine’s $8 millioncost will be subsidized by a federal program, and will allow the company to save about $1 million in power costs a year.
“We saw a potential for great savings for the company and Gloucester is a great wind resource,” said Varian spokesman Rick Johnson.
Five years ago, the city approved the Varian wind turbine plan, but the slowdown in the economy put the project on hold. During that time, Gloucester reviewed Varian’s wind studies and began to consider building its own turbines. The city took began negotiations with a private developer who proposed building two turbines and selling all of the power generated by the wind to the city.
Last year, the city signed a 25-year electrical purchase plan with Equity Industrial Partners. The plan called for Equity to build two 2-megawatt, $12 million turbines at Gloucester Engineering, near the Varian site in the Blackburn Industrial Park.
Across the region, not everyone has embraced the idea of building large turbines in communities. Most opponents complain about shadow flicker, infrasound, and vibrations. In Salem, a proposed turbine stalled after a neighborhood group opposed its construction near Salem Willows. In a 2012 state study prepared for the Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Public Health, the report concluded that there was insufficient evidence that noise from wind turbines directly “caused health problems or disease.”
Kirk and other city officials believe that locating the turbines in an industrial park – away from neighborhoods, and near Route 128 — helped mitigate opposition. To date, there’s been no opposition to the turbines. Paul McGeary, the city councilor who represents the neighborhood nearest to the turbines, said it’s because they stand about 1,000 feet away from the nearest homes on Harrison Avenue.
“What really helped us was location, location, location. It’s properly sited,” said McGeary, who helped organize public meetings about the turbines in the neighborhood over the last year.
To date, he has received only one complaint, from a resident who said the turbines were interfering with his satellite television reception.
Carl Stratton, who lives in the neighborhood, said he had been nervous about shadow flicker but is taking a wait-and-see attitude. In November at the Gloucester Engineering site, he was one of more than 2,000 people who signed the blades that now spin 400feet in the air. “I’m definitely in favor of alternative energies,” he said. Continued...
Steven A. Rosenberg can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @WriteRosenberg.end of story marker

Saturday, January 5, 2013

"Gloucester Wind" produced by OnsiteStudios is a great Video of the Arrival of the Wind Turbines at Gloucester Marine Terminal and Construction of them at Gloucester Engineering!

Video was produced by:
"Gloucester Wind" 
produced by On Site Studios is a great Video of the Arrival of the Wind Turbines at Gloucester Marine Terminal and Construction of them at Gloucester Engineering!

Friday, January 4, 2013

JOIN THE CONVERSATION 2nd Annual Maritime Summit 8am-4pm - February 7th, 2013 Cruiseport Gloucester

2nd Annual Maritime Summit
8am-4pm - February 7th, 2013
Cruiseport Gloucester
6 Rowe Square
Gloucester, MA 01930
To reserve a ticket to Attend

To Exhibit at the Summit Call Melissa Abbott 978-852-0381 or email:

Gloucester stands on the edge of humanity’s newest frontier: the ocean. Gloucester is the next go-to place for connecting research and advanced technologies to the sustainable harvesting of the many underutilized benefits the sea offers. We are a full-service port with the longest history of commercial fishing in North America. Our unique ocean-centered culture stands ready to support the development of innovative and sustainable marine industries. Gloucester is ready to join the Marine Science and Tech Conversation. This summit will explore the possibilities!