Representatives of six New Jersey marine industry businesses met with state and county officials earlier this week to discuss the possibility of making parts for offshore wind turbines.
Companies represented included Egg Harbor Yacht Co. and Ocean Yacht, both of Egg Harbor City; Yank Marine of Upper Township; Viking Yacht of New Gretna; Fishermen's Energy of Cape May; and the Mahogany Co. of Mays Landing, according to The Press of Atlantic City newspaper.
Gary E. Finger, ombudsman for economic development for the state Board of Public Utilities, began a presentation about how businesses should become more energy-efficient.
But he was soon interrupted by Ira Trocki, owner of Egg Harbor Yachts.
“It won't do me any good to save energy in a building that nobody's working in,” Trocki said. “We need jobs. We need contacts. We need contracts.”
The timing is right for the area's boatbuilders to band together to sell their services, said George Reinert, director of communications for the Board of Public Utilities. Specifications for wind turbines off the Atlantic City coast should be ready early next year.
The state officials agreed to research the next steps the companies should take.