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EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ The Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) Ocean Special Area Management Plan (OSAMP) Subcommittee met at the East Providence Town Hall on Tuesday afternoon to discuss their contract with Deepwater Wind (DWW) who will be building a 30-megawatt offshore wind farm off the coast of Block Island. Council members continued an ongoing discussion on the certified verification agent (CVA) that will be overseeing the mechanical and engineering plans for the project.
DWW nominated the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) as the CVA for the project, a Texas-based company whose mission is to verify that offshore structures comply with rules established for design, construction, and periodic survey.
Subcommittee members expressed concerns regarding their relationship with the selected organization, but unanimously agreed that ABS was the best choice. In past drafts of the agreement between them the language did not accurately reflect the nature of the relationship. Specifically, members wanted it to be clear that the chosen CVA would be reporting directly to them and not to DWW or any other party. There were also some other discrepancies between the council and DWW regarding the role of the CVA and the scope of their involvement in the project.
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