Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind reports that it has hired former U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) officer Ed LeBlanc as Manager of Marine Affairs.
LeBlanc has over 40 years of experience in the USCG, most recently serving as the Chief of Waterways Management Division, Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England since 2003.
“We are thrilled to add such an accomplished veteran of the USCG to our team. Ed’s breadth of experience will be a significant addition to the Marine Affairs department,” said John O’Keeffe Head of Marine Affairs U.S. for Ørsted.
In addition to his experience with waterway management, says Ørsted, LeBlanc has invaluable institutional knowledge of how the offshore wind industry interacts with the marine community. Mr. LeBlanc has been a vital part of the USCG’s operations concerning offshore wind farms ever since the offshore wind industry began in the U.S. His experience working with the industry since its nascence in the U.S. mirrors Ørsted’s own experience with the industry’s beginnings in Europe.
“I’m delighted to join the global leader in offshore wind farm development and eager to contribute to Ørsted’s forward-leaning Marine Affairs Program,” said LeBlanc.
Ørsted says that its hiring of LeBlanc will bolster its marine community outreach efforts as its projects move closer to the construction phase.
Outside of Ørsted’s outreach efforts, LeBlanc will help coordinate the company’s safety operations with the USCG. Recently, the USCG, in coordination with Ørsted and General Electric, successfully executed its first ever helicopter search and rescue training exercise to assess operations near and from offshore wind turbines at our Block Island Wind Farm. LeBlanc’s addition to Ørsted will help accelerate the implementation of industry wide safety procedures.