Brings deep experience in offshore wind and maritime safety
SouthCoast Wind today announced that Will Cotta of Cranston, RI has been hired as its Supply Chain Manager. Cotta, who has experience working with the Mass Clean Energy Center and the offshore wind industry, is charged with growing SouthCoast Wind’s supply chain in the New Bedford and Fall River area as well as across Massachusetts.
Cotta served nine years as an officer in the US Coast Guard where he specialized in maritime safety and disaster recovery. In 2018, he was recognized as the Coast Guard Engineer of the Year and nominated for the Federal Engineer of the Year in recognition of his work on marine salvage and expanding the use of alternative fuels in the maritime industry.
Michael Brown, CEO of SouthCoast Wind said, “Will has the knowledge, insights, and experience that enables him to make sure that offshore wind development is done in a manner that is fully compatible with existing ocean uses and with environmental stewardship in mind. These important skills along with his supply chain expertise, make him a welcome and wonderful addition to the SouthCoast Wind team.”
Cotta comes to SouthCoast Wind from the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation where he served as the Offshore Wind Supply Chain Director. He holds an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a BS in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the US Coast Guard Academy and completed the Naval Command and Staff online program at the US Naval War College.