Maritime Industry Communication and Engagement

BOEM is responsible for carrying out its mission that protects the environment, considers other uses of the ocean, and prevents interference with reasonable uses of the exclusive economic zone, the high seas, and the territorial seas. BOEM strives to communicate Atlantic renewable energy program information via “Notes to Stakeholders” and press releases, attending maritime industry meetingsBOEM-funded studies, and fact sheets. To be added to our distribution list for future updates, please email us at

2018 Stakeholder Meetings

BOEM’s Offshore Wind and Maritime Industry Knowledge Exchange

March 5 and 6, 2018

At this workshop, subject matter experts discussed the regulatory regime governing offshore wind energy development, including measures to minimize risk to safety and disruptions to maritime transportation operations, while supporting the development of domestic renewable energy.

Attendance was open to members of the maritime industry, offshore wind energy stakeholders, and any other interested members of the public. Attendees learned about the design and operation of offshore wind facilities, roles and responsibilities for stakeholders in the development process, potential timelines for development on the Atlantic Ocean, and navigation safety issues associated with the transit of commercial vessels in the vicinity of wind farm facilities. Time was set aside for interactive discussions between stakeholders.

Event Objectives

  • Share knowledge and best practices for offshore wind and marine transportation co-existence
  • Explore the range of roles and responsibilities across the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), offshore wind lessees, and maritime stakeholders
  • Learn about and discuss potential offshore wind farm layouts and development timeframes
  • Identify potential challenges for continued discussion


Hilton BWI Baltimore Airport
1739 W Nursery Rd.
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090


Meeting Materials

BOEM-Funded Studies

Annually, OREP prepares a Studies Development Plan to cover a three-year planning period. The plan proposes studies for the upcoming fiscal year and for one successive year. These studies are designed to collect the information necessary to meet the needs of the users, including BOEM scientists, rule writers, modelers, and decision makers.

Studies that may be of interest to maritime stakeholders include:

Determining the Infrastructure Needs to Support Offshore Floating Wind and Marine Hydrokinetic Facilities on the Pacific West Coast and Hawaii (2016)

Identifying the infrastructure needed for offshore renewable energy development on the Pacific coast and Hawaii

The Identification of Port Modifications and their Environmental and Socioeconomic Consequences (2016)

Examining ports along the Atlantic coast for their use in supporting offshore wind development and determining the modifications they may need

The Pacific Regional Ocean Uses Atlas, Data and Tools for Understanding Ocean Space Use in Washington, Oregon and Hawaii (2015)

Documenting where coastal communities use the ocean across a full range of typical human activities and sectors

Identification of OCS Renewable Energy Space-Use Conflicts and Analysis of Potential Mitigation (2012)

Identifying space use conflicts between renewable energy and other uses of the ocean on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts

Technology Assessment Program Study on Wind Farm/Turbine Accidents (2010)

Assessing accidents and how they apply to risks to personnel and property on the Outer Continental Shelf and recommending design standards to ensure structural safety, reliability, and survivability

Technology Assessment Program Study on Worker Safety (2013)

Considering BOEM’s worker safety program and the risks to workers on wind farms.


BOEM-FundedBOEM-Funded GIS Data

Downloadable GIS data developed, maintained, or funded by the Renewable Energy Program

Marine Cadastre

A joint BOEM and NOAA initiative providing authoritative data to meet the needs of the offshore energy and maritime planning communities.

Northeast Ocean Data Portal

The Northeast Ocean Data Portal is an information resource and decision support tool for ocean planning, management, and decision making from Long Island Sound to the Gulf of Maine. The Portal provides user-friendly access to maps, data, tools, and information needed by a broad range of government entities, non-government organizations, and ocean stakeholders.  BOEM funded data is provided through the portal.

Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal

The Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal is an online toolkit and resource center that consolidates available data and enables state, federal, and local users and the general public to visualize and analyze ocean resources and human use information such as fishing grounds, recreational areas, shipping lanes, habitat areas, and energy sites, among others. BOEM funded data is provided through the portal.

Ocean Frontiers III: United States Ocean Plans – Maine to Virginia

A ten minute video excerpt which explores regional ocean plans developed by state and federal agencies and Native American tribes to reduce the risks and conflicts among ocean users and new infrastructure developments.


For More Information

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Office of Renewable Energy Programs
45600 Woodland Road
Sterling, Virginia 20166