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First Operational Wave Energy Power Plant Installed

Israeli company, Eco Wave Power, has opened a medium-scale wave energy generation system in the Black Sea Eco Wave Power (EWP) has recently installed a medium-scale wave energy power plant in the Black Sea. The installation of EWP's system, took place in recognition of the international 'Mother Earth Day,' celebrated in more than 175 countries every year. The Black Sea provided real-life conditions necessary for the testing of EWP's wave energy devices under uncontrolled wave heights and wave periods. The next phase of EWP will be to move the medium-scale power plant to a different coastal structure, in order to show potential clients that EWP's wave energy generation system can be easily connected to almost any ocean structure.  After this, EWP will build its first commercial scale Sea Wave Power Plant, and reveal the construction and production prices, this will be cheaper than any other renewable or traditional energy generation system. David Leb, founder of the company, stated that "Eco Wave Power is aware of the impact that pollution has on the world. According to a Cornell study, about 40 percent of deaths worldwide are caused by water, air and soil pollution. Such environmental degradation, coupled with the growth in world population, are major causes behind the rapid increase in human diseases. Both factors contribute to the malnourishment and disease susceptibility of 3.7 billion people

Sea-Level-Rise Forecasts Major Climate Impact to Pacific Islands

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Dynamic modeling of sea-level rise, which takes storm wind and wave action into account, paints a much graver picture for some low-lying Pacific islands under climate-change scenarios than the passive computer modeling used in earlier research, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey report. A team led by research oceanographer Curt Storlazzi of the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center compared passive "bathtub" inundation models with dynamic models for two of the

Huge Waves Measured for First Time in Arctic Ocean

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As the climate warms and sea ice retreats, the North is changing. An ice-covered expanse now has a season of increasingly open water which is predicted to extend across the whole Arctic Ocean before the middle of this century. Storms thus have the potential to create Arctic swell – huge waves that could add a new and unpredictable element to the region. A University of Washington researcher made the first study of waves in the middle of the Arctic Ocean

Farstad Orders Unique Wave-Piercing Offshore Vessel

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Rolls-Royce received from Farstad Shipping the first order for its new wave-piercing offshore vessel. The bow design will reportedly enable the vessel to pierce through waves in extreme weather conditions, while maintaining constant speed, reducing fuel consumption and enhancing safety. The contract, worth in excess of &19.1 to Rolls-Royce, includes vessel design and a comprehensive integrated power and propulsion system and equipment package for an advanced platform supply vessel (PSV)

ARENA Funded Study to Uncover Wave Energy Costs

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  The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is providing $181,000 funding to support Bombora Wave Power (Bombora) to complete a detailed cost of energy study for its Wave Energy Convertor (WEC). Bombora’s WEC design uses a responsive rolling membrane fitted to a long concrete arm resting on the sea floor. The membrane pressurises air, which is passed through a turbine to generate electricity. ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht said harnessing energy from the ocean required

Floating Wind Power: A Semisubmersible Floating Turbine Foundation


Floating foundations for wind turbines present some technical advantages, which is encouraging more and more industry players to develop new floaters. Firstly, they can be deployed in deep seas, independent of the soil conditions. Secondly, the installation and heavy maintenance can be done in sheltered areas, so that the whole OFWT can be towed directly to the wind farm’s location by conventional tugs. However

COSCO Selects Rolls-Royce Package

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Rolls-Royce won an order to provide an integrated design and equipment package for two offshore supply vessels to be built at COSCO (Guangdong) Shipyard Co., Ltd in China for Singapore based Chellsea Group.  The two Rolls-Royce UT 771 WP platform supply vessels features the striking wave piercing bow designed to pierce through waves in rough seas, making it possible to keep a more constant speed, reduce fuel consumption and increase on board safety.  

Glasgow Shipyard Inaugurates Its Saving Grace

Glasgow Shipyard Inaugurates Its Saving Grace Glasgow's Govan shipyard celebrated a welcome but rare sight on Friday as a new ship slipped into the dark waters of the Clyde - the first since the once-mighty yard's shaky future was guaranteed last year. The 643 ft. (196-m) Wave Ruler, the second of a new class of oilers for Britain's Royal Fleet Auxiliary, will be used primarily to provide Royal Navy and NATO ships with fuel and fresh water at sea.

WaveRoller Obtains DNV GL Verification

Installation of WaveRoller

WaveRoller, the wave energy device created by wave energy developer AW-Energy has received independent performance verification, taking the wave power industry one step closer to commercialization. WaveRoller received its validation after operating in fully exposed ocean environment during testing campaigns in 2012 and 2013. AW-Energy submitted detailed data covering wave conditions and device performance for external verification

UK Windfarm Metocean Data Delivery Contract

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UK Government agency Cefas signs major contract with EAOW for Round 3 North Sea windfarm metocean data delivery. The contract is with East Anglia Offshore Wind Ltd (EAOW) to provide metocean data that will support the development of the East Anglia Zone in the North Sea. (EAOW is a joint venture owned 50:50 by ScottishPower Renewables and Vattenfall, and has been created for the development of the East Anglia Zone.)  It is estimated that the 7

Ohmsett: Advancing Spill Response Every Day

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The National Oil Spill Response Research and Renewable Energy Test Facility has been an integral part of the spill response community for more than three and a half decades.   Tucked away on the shores of the Sandy Hook Bay in central New Jersey resides Ohmsett – The National Oil

China Planning $100 bln Merger of Sinochem, ChemChina

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 Chinese state-owned chemical companies Sinochem Group and ChemChina are in discussions about a possible merger to create a chemicals, fertilizer and oil giant with almost $100 billion in annual revenue, reports Reuters.   The deal was reportedly proposed by China’s central

Future USS Zumwalt Heads for Baltimore

File photo: Zumwalt departs from Naval Station Newport, R.I. September 12, 2016 following its maiden voyage from Bath Iron Works Shipyard in Bath, Maine. (U.S. Navy photo by Haley Nace)

The U.S. Navy's newest warship, the future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), has left Naval Station Norfolk for Baltimore, Md., where it will be commissioned into active service on October 15 during Fleet Week Maryland.   Originally slated to sail from Norfolk on October 9

Trelleborg Bears Weight of Largest Ever Offshore Facility

Shell’s Prelude FLNG (Photo: Shell)

Trelleborg’s engineered products operation has supplied a selection of bearing solutions for the world's first floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) project – Shell’s Prelude FLNG.   Trelleborg has manufactured and delivered 52 vertical elastomeric bearings and 156

New Zealand Navy Orders Polar-class Support Tanker

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A new polar-class logistic support tanker for the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) will be the first naval vessel to feature the Rolls-Royce Environship design with wave piercing bow.   The new vessel, which will replace the 30-year-old HMNZS Endeavor

Feadship Unveils New Future Concept

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Feadship has marked the 10th anniversary of the Feadship Future Concept with a new "blueprint for inspiration."   Unveiled at the Monaco Yacht Show using a yacht model and an augmented reality experience, the 2016 FFC Choice offers a wealth of opportunities for autonomous living

DNV GL Approves Modification for Semi-Submersible Rigs

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 Following the accident involving COSLInnovator on 30 December 2015, some 100 semi-submersible rigs approved by DNV GL will be reviewed.    Preliminary assessments indicate that a limited number of rigs will be subjected to modifications or operational limitations.  

CMA CGM sees Opportunity in Hanjin collapse

A CMA CGM Containership (credit: Marad)

CMA CGM will look at opportunities in container shipping triggered by the collapse of South Korea's Hanjin Shipping, the French group's vice chairman said on Tuesday. Hanjin, the world's seventh largest container line, filed for receivership last month

Terex Floating Cranes for Open Sea Get Approval

Terex Gottwald Model 8 floating cranes can be used on the open sea in accordance with the Lloyds Register Code for Lifting Appliances in a Marine Environment. TPS has again obtained the design approval first issued in 200

Terex Port Solutions (TPS) has obtained design approval for Terex Gottwald Model 8 floating cranes in the G HPK 8200 B four-rope grab variant operated on the open sea.   This was necessary because the Lloyd's Register Code for Lifting Appliances in a Marine Environment has changed since

Julia Achieves Tropical Storm Status Again

Julia regained its designation as a tropical storm as it milled off the southeast coast of the United States on Friday, the National Hurricane Center said in an advisory. The center of the storm, which drenched parts of northeast Florida, Georgia and South Carolina earlier this week

Half a Century at Sea

Captain Siegfried Schmerer points to a model of the Bonn Express. It was the first ship he has ever captained. (Photo: Hapag-Lloyd)

Siegfried Schmerer already dreamed of becoming a captain as a young boy. Later, as a sailor on a coaster, he suffered from seasickness. Though he thought about giving up, he stuck with it and eventually worked his way up all the way to the bridge

New Offshore Gangway Launched at ONS

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The new Barge Master Gangway will be presented at the joint booth of Barge Master and Bosch Rexroth during the international offshore trade exhibition ONS (Offshore Northern Seas) in Stavanger.   The next generation gangway, a result of cooperation between Bosch Rexroth and Barge Master

Global Climate Change Threatens Papahānaumokuākea Marine

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 Despite its remote location in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument faces a looming threat of global climate change that will affect its land and marine ecosystems, as well as its cultural resources, according to a new NOAA report.  

Boat Sinks in Indonesia: 10 dead, 5 missing

Tanjung Pinang of Riau province. Photo Courtesy: KGIS company

 Ten people have drowned while five are still missing after a wooden boat carrying 17 people capsized in the province of Riau Islands on Sunday morning, reports the Jakarta Post.   The boat capsized in rough seas and sank off Indonesia's Bintan island, south of Singapore.  

New Surface Effect Ship from AMC

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New surface effect ships designed and built specifically for the CTV and working vessel high speed market   Specialist aluminum boatbuilder, Aluminium Marine Consultants (AMC), has added a new surface effect ship (SES) design to its portfolio which is designed by Norway’s Espeland and

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