Crowley, MMA partner to train offshore wind workforce

August 24, 2021

The partnership will enable the strategic and continuous growth of a skilled workforce in the U.S. offshore wind industry, including marine safety and survival classes. Crowley Maritime Photo

Crowley Maritime Corp. and Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) will create a unique training and staff development program specifically for the New England region’s offshore wind industry.

The partnership, announced during the International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum (IPF) conference, will enable the strategic and continued growth of a skilled workforce in the U.S. offshore wind industry, including marine safety and survival briefings. The program is certified by the Global Wind Organization (GWO), a non-profit organization that sets international standards for safety training. The academy will deal with Relyon Nutec, the world’s largest provider of specialist training for the energy and industrial sectors, for running the courses.

“… the joint program will help us build the next generation of people in the offshore wind industry,” said Jeff Andreini, Vice President of Crowley New Energy, in a prepared statement. “This partnership will give workers the skills and knowledge they need, and together we will help create cleaner energy sources in the US.”

Additionally, Crowley – a long-time supporter of the country’s maritime academies – will continue to offer scholarships, internships, and hands-on learning for MMA cadets, including those at sea and in the recently established Maritime Center for Responsible Energy (MCRE) on the academy’s campus in Buzzards Bay , Massachusetts.

“Working with industry leaders is critical to our program at MMA. We are particularly proud to be working with Crowley to prepare the workforce for opportunities in the offshore wind industry, “said Rear Adm. Francis X. McDonald, USMS, president of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. “Apprenticeships and internships will help our cadets gain the expertise and experience that are critical to their careers in this growing field.”

In addition to training, the partnership will also provide resources to create outreach programs and staff development for underrepresented populations, particularly in Massachusetts Gateway Cities. These communities are rebuilding urban centers with untapped potential and former industrial sites.