Request for Proposals: Real-time Passive Acoustic Monitoring System for Vessel Transit

MassCEC, in collaboration with Vineyard Wind 1 LLC (Vineyard Wind), seeks to competitively select and fund one (1) qualified applicant or applicant team to provide a real-time passive acoustic monitoring (PAM) and data transmission system with remote alert capabilities (the PAM System) that can be deployed in advance of transiting vessels during the construction of the Vineyard Wind 1 offshore wind project to monitor for North Atlantic right whales (NARWs). The Vineyard Wind 1 Project will provide a unique opportunity for the selected Applicant to demonstrate the capacity to supply and deploy this technology.  

Through this joint initiative, MassCEC and Vineyard Wind seek to advance and demonstrate the technology readiness level of real-time PAM technologies as a mitigation tool for vessel strike avoidance and thereby provide better protections for NARWs in the New England region. A secondary objective is to acoustically record and localize NARW and other baleen whale vocalizations to enhance the general understanding of the species distribution and abundance.  The initiative includes two phases: 

  1. In Phase 1, the selected Applicant will procure and/or assemble necessary components to constitute a fully functional PAM System and will conduct an ocean validation of the functionality and performance of the PAM System.  This activity will be funded and performed under a grant agreement between MassCEC and the selected Applicant. 

  1. In Phase 2, the selected Applicant will utilize the PAM System to provide real-time whale detection services to Vineyard Wind for vessels transiting from New Bedford, MA to the Vineyard Wind 1 Project area during the period October 2023 through May 2024.  These services will be funded under the MassCEC grant agreement but will be performed under a separate services agreement between the applicant and Vineyard Wind.  MassCEC grant payments for Phase 2 activities will be contingent upon receipt of written notification from Vineyard Wind that the Applicant has performed its work to Vineyard Wind’s satisfaction.

Application Deadline
December 21, 2022, 5:00 p.m. EST
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Funding Schedule

Process Step


RFP Release Date

November 1, 2022

Questions due to MassCEC

November 15, 2022

Questions with Answers Posted to MassCEC Website

November 30, 2022

Deadline for initiating the qualification process with Vineyard Wind

December 7, 2022

Proposals Due

December 21, 2022, 5:00 p.m. EST 

Notification of Preferred Applicant(s) *

January 10, 2023

Contracting Completed * 


February 10, 2023

**Dates after the proposal due date are anticipated. All dates are subject to change. ** 


Application Process

The completed application and all other required documentation must be submitted to Jess Hiltz at by the date and time noted above.

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