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

Agenda Session

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

Nov 30 2023

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CST

Main Stage

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.


2nd Wind Marine, LLC

- Executive Director of Restore Or Retreat, Inc.

Greater Lafourche Port Commission

- Executive Director

Otto Candies

Crowley Wind Services

- Business Development Lead

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