Seeing the future of Offshore Wind in the US together
Author: Eric Wiberg
Eric Wiberg is a citizen of Sweden and the US. Since 1989, his career has been in the yachting and shipping industries. The author of over a dozen books on maritime history, particularly in Bahamas, were he grew up, he has published over 100 articles, and presented in over 50 international venues. Eric has a patent, the leading test of principal of uberimmae fidei resulted from the sinking of the 1936-built yacht Stiarna under his command, in Reliance v. Hanover (2002), his research is kept in the national collections of three nations and a maritime college. He has been interviewed by Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, the BBC, CAPA TV France, Discovery Channel, Providence Journal, TradeWinds, and other news outlets. He has founded companies in five sectors; Echo Yacht Delivery is 20, Island Books 10 years, plus recruiting, international real estate, and trucking aerodynamics. He was licensed by US Coast Guard as 100-ton captain in 1995, in maritime law in 2005 - other licenses have included realtor and notary public.
Eric holds degrees or certificates from six institutions in three countries including New York Film Academy. He left the Bahamas at 13 for boarding schools in New England and enrolled at Boston College in 1989. That year he was hired to race to Bermuda, and in 1991 sailed as mate from Antigua to Belgium to attend Harris Manchester College, Oxford. His studies of African history led to a three-week hitch-hiking trip solo through east/central Africa. In 1993 he self-published five collections of writing then set out on a voyage Panama to New Zealand on a 68’ wooden boat, becoming captain in Galapagos. A year’s travel was the basis of his coming-of-age memoir Round the World in the Wrong Season.
In 1995 Eric moved to Singapore to commercially operate a fleet of tanker ships, which saw numerous commercial and operational challenges. After three years he returned to Newport writing off-season and delivering yachts to and from the Caribbean spring to fall. After his fourth round-world trip, he enrolled at Roger Williams School of Law on half-scholarship, with a summer in Lisbon. He then earned a Masters in Marine Affairs degree from the University of Rhode Island, and passed the bar in 2005. Running two small companies whilst studying for two degrees, he has operated over 100 vessels for c.75,000 nautical miles. He sailed to or from Bermuda over 30 times since 1989.
In 2006 he joined executive recruiting legend Russ Reynolds at Directorship/RSR Partners in Greenwich. After selling Ketch Recruiting in 2008 to join Boyden in Baltimore he worked for the Connecticut Maritime Association. Stints with Titan Salvage and Overseas Salvage in Freeport, Bahamas followed during the early recession. In 2010 he joined Tradewinds, the Norwegian shipping publication. From 2013 to January 2019 Eric was Marketing Manager at McAllister Towing in New York and from c.2017 was an early point of contact for the Offshore Wind sector. In January 2019 Eric is relocating to the New Bedford, MA area to be closer to both Offshore Wind and his son Felix.
Eric sits on several boards: Steamship Historical Society of America (2014), India House (2017), and Portside New York (advisory board, 2017). He has participated on the New York Yacht Club library committee since c.2007 and has been Eaglebrook School's class agent since c.2012. Overall Eric has published over 2 million words so far, with 850 blog posts on numerous maritime matters centralized in the search tab of www.ericwiberg.com. His latest book, U-Boats in New England, made it to Amazon's #1 New Release for submarines prior to publication, in Jan. 2019.