Assessment of the US Mid-Atlantic Port Infrastructure

As part of a consulting team lead by BVG Associates, Clarendon Hill Consulting conducted a regional port infrastructure analysis for Virginia’s Division of Mines, Minerals and Energy in spring 2015. This report was officially released on September 22nd, 2015.

The overall study was geared towards evaluating ten Virginia ports for their readiness to accommodate offshore wind manufacturing and construction activities in order to show a path forward for Virginia’s industry. Up to seven different offshore wind activities were screened in the report. Optimal requirements for each offshore wind activity were developed and applied in the port screening. Of the screened ports, five ports within Virginia showed to have a realistic potential to be used for one or more offshore wind activities; these are Portsmouth Marine, Newport News, Peck Marine, Virginia Renaissance and BASF Portsmouth.

Clarendon Hill Consulting delivered the competitive regional edge for the DMME report. We screened and evaluated mid-atlantic ports that might compete with Virginia’s ports over offshore wind projects and associated offshore wind activities.

The competitive assessment reviewed ports within 250 nm from six wind energy areas that could potentially be served by Virginia’s ports. As such, we initially screened ports between Massachusetts and North Carolina resulting in a total of 17 ports from New Bedford, MA to Wilmington, DE that met the minimum requirements. These 17 ports were then further assessed with respect to their use as a cluster port and for specific offshore wind activities. The study gives a detailed overview for each of the screened ports. Although the findings show that eleven ports might have the potential to compete with the ports of Virginia, a closer look at their operations indicates that only two ports might have the potential to compete with Virginia's ports over offshore wind work: Paulsboro, NJ and Sparrows Point, MD.

The port screening concludes with recommendations for the port of Virginia.

The full BVG final report including Clarendon Hill Consulting’s regional study and final presentation are available at
(scroll down to the bottom of the page for the links to the documents).

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