Artist rendering of first phase of Winderrill Platform towed into the Atlantic in November:
November 12, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OpenCityProject.org Launches Open Ocean Agri/Aquaculture Platform Winderrill
BOSTON, Mass. – Open City Project in partnership with Knowledgenix Marine Research today announced that federal and state
agencies have completed their review of Open City Project’s permanent ocean habitat license to own, construct and operate an offshore agri/aquaculture export terminal, and
have deemed it complete. The project, known as Winderrill, is located 940 kilometers southeast off
the coast of Massachusetts. The determination by the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and U.S. Maritime Administration initiates preparation of the agencies’ joint Draft Open Jurisdiction Security Statement/Environmental Impact Report (DOJSS/EIR), a comprehensive, independent assessment of the project.
The Winderrill platform employs Open City's hexmesh flexible pattern design, which allows the entire facility to adjust to wave motion, even in rough seas. The company plans to double the size of the Winderrill habitat every three months, beginning with fifteen of the joined hexagon-shaped platforms in November, fourteen of which are solar dedicated. The first phase of agriculture, aquaculture, and crew facilities will begin in March. Winderrill is deep moored 940 km off the coast of Massachusetts, and will have permanent berthing for two ABS +A1(E) class Offshore Support Vessels.
OpenCityProject.org CEO Alanna Delmoro said, “Open City Project is uniquely positioned to meet the world's growing need for agricultural and aquacultural resources in a manner consistent with its energy and environmental priorities. We believe our innovative approach to building and operating large scale self-sustaining production-positive deepwater platforms will benefit the world.”
“We look forward to continuing to work with U.S. Naval operations, other agencies both US and international, and all stakeholders to demonstrate how the Winderrill platform will exceed all production, safety, and environmental standards,” said Ms. Delmoro.
Open City Project is a Boston-based non-profit corporation specializing in the design, construction and operation of open ocean agriculture and aquaculture facilities. For more
information about Open City Project, please visit: http://www.OpenCityProject.org.
Knowledgenix is a Monterey California based marine research organization specializing in surface and deep ocean autonomous command and control facilities, non-invasive habitat and migration research, and human-machine interaction. For more
information about Knowledgenix, please visit: http://www.knowledgenix.com.