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South Brooklyn marine terminal to become largest offshore wind port in the US


New York City Mayor Eric Adams, Governor Kathy Hochul, and key leaders from NYCEDC, Equinor, and the Sustainable South Brooklyn Marine Terminal, L.P. (SSBMT) have announced the commencement of construction to transform the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SBMT) in Sunset Park into the nation’s largest offshore wind port.

This significant project aims to accelerate New York City’s shift towards clean energy, align with the state’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) goal of developing 9.000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2035, and create thousands of green jobs.

SBMT, a historic 73-acre site, will be redeveloped into a state-of-the-art facility for offshore wind operations and maintenance. It will serve as the operational hub for Empire Wind 1, a major offshore wind project that will supply 810 megawatts of renewable energy to New York, enough to power 500.000 homes. The site will also include an onshore substation to connect offshore wind-generated electricity to New York City’s grid via the Gowanus Substation in Brooklyn.

SBMT will be designed as a low-emission facility with solar power and electric vehicle charging stations. Additionally, the port will provide onshore power and charging for the Empire Wind Service Operations Vessel, the first plug-in hybrid vessel in the U.S. offshore wind industry. The construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2026.

Background agreements

Mayor Adams had previously announced an agreement in March 2022 between NYCEDC, Equinor, and SSBMT to establish one of the largest offshore wind port facilities in the country.

In September 2021, NYCEDC and the city unveiled a 15-year, $191 million Offshore Wind Vision Plan to position New York as a leading destination for the offshore wind industry. The subsequent agreement in March 2022 with Equinor and SSBMT marked a significant step towards this vision.

Community development initiatives

The offshore wind industry in New York City is projected to create up to 13,000 jobs by 2035. SBMT alone will generate more than 1,000 union jobs during construction, 200 assembly jobs, and 50 permanent positions. A new contract between NYSERDA and Equinor for Empire Wind 1 promises various economic benefits, including increased funding for workforce and community development initiatives such as the Offshore Wind Learning Center and the Offshore Wind Innovation Hub.

New York City’s Offshore Wind Vision plan aims to ensure equitable opportunities in this growing industry, especially for historically marginalized communities. A target of 30 percent minority- and women-owned business enterprise (M/WBE) participation has been set, with Equinor already awarding over 25 percent of project opportunities to M/WBEs. NYCEDC has also launched the Waterfront Pathways Program to enhance opportunities for minority-, women-, and disadvantaged-owned business enterprises in the offshore wind and waterfront sectors.

Preparation of local workers in the offshore wind industry

Significant workforce development efforts include partnerships and programs to prepare local workers for careers in the offshore wind industry. Investments from the city and Equinor support pre-apprenticeship programs and workforce training at institutions like Kingsborough Brooklyn Community College and the New York Harbor School. Mayor Adams has also pledged $10 million to the City University of New York for workforce development, including $3 million for a maritime training facility at Kingsborough Brooklyn Community College.

As part of his broader job creation initiatives, Mayor Adams recently launched a “Spring Jobs Sprint” to advance job opportunities and support major development projects across New York City. These efforts, combined with Governor Hochul’s support and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s recent agreement, aim to transform the Brooklyn Marine Terminal into a modern maritime port and community hub, fostering thousands of jobs and driving forward-looking projects throughout the city.

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