The Block Island Wind Farm’s main turbine installation vessel – Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s Brave Tern – arrived in Newport Harbor around 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 31st.

Spectators at the 2016 Newport Jazz Festival had a great view of the ships arrival from Fort Adams State Park.

Photo by Jared Powers

The vessel began its journey across the Atlantic Ocean on July 15.

The state-of-the-art, 433-foot long jack-up vessel traveled from France to Rhode Island, with the five GE Renewable Engergy nacelles for the Block Island Wind Farm aboard.

It is one of the the world’s most advanced installation vessels, with cranes capable of lifting 800 tons, and its self-propelled jack-up system bringing the vessel to a height of roughly 480 feet above sea level during installation.

Photo by Jared Powers

The Brave Tern will anchor in Narragansett Bay off Newport, between Goat Island and Fort Adams State Park, for two days as it readies its crew, refuels and undergoes U.S. Coast Guard inspections.

After U.S. Coast Guard inspections, the vessel will travel to the Block Island Wind Farm site, where it will remain for the duration of its stay. Assisting with the installation will be the liftboats Paul and Caitlyn,heavy-lift vessels from the U.S. Golf of Mexico operated by Montco Offshore.

These two vessels will shuttle turbine components from ProvPort to the Block Island site. This round-the-clock effort off the coast of Block Island is expected to last about a month.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).