OSVs to the Rescue! How the Offshore Support Vessel Fleet Builds Infrastructure and Renders Assistance with Chad Fuhrmann

September 25, 2022

Hop aboard the working fleet that keep America running!

On this episode, hosts Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham speak with Chad Fuhrmann about the Offshore Support Vessel fleet. OSVs are the working vessels of offshore infrastructure. Purpose built to do demanding work at sea, these vessels and their crews are highly capable and foundational to the American Blue Economy. Chad, a graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy and veteran mariner, is the founder of Chaios Ready, an organization that seeks to capitalize on the maritime industry’s multi-functional resources and ubiquitous presence. By coordinating the wide variety of industrial functions, particularly those of OSVs, Chaos Ready establishes the foundations for developing regional response frameworks which, in turn, can evolve into a more immediate and expansive network capable of responding quickly to crises globally. It's a great show, only on ASPN!

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Peter Ravella & Tyler Buckingham

Peter and Tyler joined forces in 2015 and from the first meeting began discussing a project that would become Coastal News Today and the American Shoreline Podcast Network. At the time, Peter and Tyler were coastal consultants for Pete’s firm, PAR Consulting, LLC. In that role, they worked with coastal communities in Texas, Florida, and North Carolina, engaged in grant writing, coastal project development, shoreline erosion and land use planning, permitting, and financial planning for communities undertaking big beach restoration projects. Between and among their consulting tasks, they kept talking and kept building the idea of CNT & ASPN. In almost every arena they worked, public engagement played a central role. They spent thousands of hours talking with coastal stakeholders, like business owners, hotel operators, condo managers, watermen, property owners, enviros, surfers, and fishermen. They dived deep into the value, meaning, and responsibility for the American shoreline, segment-by-segment. Common threads emerged, themes were revealed, differences uncovered. There was a big conversation going on along the American shoreline! But, no place to have it. That's where CNT and ASPN were born.