Nov 29 - Dec 1, 2023  •  Morial Convention Center  •  New Orleans, LA

Offshore Wind Breakfast

Thursday, November 30th | 8:00AM - 9:00AM Main Stage, Morial Convention Center

WorkBoat’s digital publication, WorkBoat + Wind, is excited to host the annual Offshore Wind Breakfast!

The pre-show breakfast is available to both WorkBoat and Underwater Intervention exhibitors and attendees. As a guest of the breakfast, you will hear from a panel of experts discussing offshore wind in the Gulf of Mexico. 

This event can be added on to your exhibitor badge when you register or can be added after through the Registration Resource Center  
or by calling 508-743-8567 (M-F 9AM – 5PM EST). If you have any issues with registration, please contact [email protected].

Offshore Wind Breakfast: Is the Gulf of Mexico Set to Become a U.S. Offshore Wind Hub?

The Gulf of Mexico is home to a vast potential for offshore wind energy, but it has often been overshadowed by developments on the East and West Coasts. However, the opportunities in the region are as real as they are vast. Workforce skills from the oil & gas industry are transferable to support construction and operation of offshore wind projects. Additionally, there is ample opportunity to retrofit ports along the Gulf Coast which could serve as fabrication and port centers for offshore wind projects. 

How could these developments impact other U.S. regions where the local manufacturing and port facilities are not as equipped? What unique challenges do developers in the Gulf face, and how are they addressing them? At the WorkBoat Offshore Wind Breakfast, we’re sitting down with some of the people spearheading offshore wind in the Gulf of Mexico to answer these questions while also outlining:  

  • the key advantages and disadvantages to developing in the Gulf vs the East or West Coast 
  • lessons learned from other regions that the Gulf can prepare for
  • whether or not the Gulf’s retrofitted ports can be a major supporter for WTIV’s from other regions  
  • are certain ports in a better position to take advantage of these opportunities?  
  • What everyone needs to know about the major developments we’ll see with offshore wind in the region and beyond in 2024

Panelists will discuss the multiple moving parts that must work together in order for offshore wind development to be successful. They’ll be helping attendees understand the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead while offering their insights on how businesses can get involved. 

Dr. Joseph Orgeron

Joseph Orgeron was raised on the bayous of south Louisiana during the era of the ‘Rise of the Cajun Mariner’. Graduating from South Lafourche High School in the slump of the 1980’s oil-downturn, he opted to pursue an education in something OTHER than the family business of offshore oilfield service vessels. Read full bio here.

Otto Candies

Business Development Lead at Crowley Wind Services

Otto is the business development lead for Crowley Wind Services, overseeing the southeast region, specifically the Gulf of Mexico. Having graduated from Nicholls State University with a degree in Maritime Management, Otto embarked on his journey with Crowley and has now contributed 2 1/2 years to the firm. Read full bio here.

Chett Chiasson

Executive Director at Greater Lafourche Port Commission

Chett Chiasson is the Executive Director of the Greater Lafourche Port Commission (GLPC), which runs Port Fourchon and the South Lafourche Leonard Miller, Jr. Airport. Chett’s experience at the Port Commission over the past 18 years includes the marketing and leasing of port and airport properties as well as grant writing, management, and disaster recovery. Read full bio here.

Check back soon for complete list of speakers!

This event can be added on to your exhibitor badge through the Registration Resource Center or by calling 508-743-8567 (M-F 9AM – 5PM EST). If you have any issues with registration, please contact [email protected].

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