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US Cape Wind Chooses Cape Cod HQ

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Cape Wind announce it will base its operations headquarters on Falmouth Harbor on Cape Cod. Cape Wind President Jim Gordon said, “Cape and Islanders once lit the lamps of the world by harvesting whale oil. Pretty soon, every morning, workers will leave from Falmouth Harbor to harness the inexhaustible power of the wind for a healthier environment, increased energy independence and sustainable economic development.”

 Earlier this week Cape Wind signed a Purchase and Sale agreement for East Marine located on Falmouth Heights Road on Falmouth Harbor.
 Cape Wind President Jim Gordon identified the factors that drew the company to Falmouth, “We found a good waterfront facility in a protected harbor in a town that is already on a world stage for excellence in marine science with its institutions in Woods Hole and town officials were very helpful, it was the perfect combination.”

The operations jobs will be well-paid and will be drawn primarily from the local workforce.

 Congressman William Keating said, “I am honored to be a part of today’s announcement by Cape Wind that they will base its operations headquarters in Falmouth Harbor. With the creation of fifty new jobs right here on Cape Cod and the staging area for turbine assembly across Buzzards Bay in New Bedford, Massachusetts’ role as a leader in offshore renewable energy is further solidified


Cape Wind Energy Project Open for Comment

As part of Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar's commitment to issue a decision on the application for the Cape Wind Energy Project, the Minerals Management Service (MMS) is accepting public comments on the historic preservation aspects of the project. The proposed Cape Wind project would place 130 turbines over 25 square miles in Nantucket Sound off the coast of Massachusetts, and could supply up to 75 percent of the electricity for Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket Island.


Nantucket Sound Cape Wind Energy Project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) with regard to the proposed Cape Wind Energy Project on Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound. The project, if approved, would involve installation and operation of 130 wind turbine generators, an electric service platform, and associated cable in the Nantucket Sound area. Public meetings will be held in Oak Bluffs (December 6), West Yarmouth (December 7), Nantucket (December 8)


Approval of Cape Wind Energy Project

On April 28, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar approved the Cape Wind renewable energy project on federal submerged lands in Nantucket Sound, but will require the developer of the $1b wind farm to agree to additional binding measures to minimize the potential adverse impacts of construction and operation of the facility. “After careful consideration of all the concerns expressed during the lengthy review and consultation process and thorough analyses of the many factors involved


Coast Guard Submits Wind Farm Assessment

The U.S. Coast Guard announced on Jan. 15 that it completed and delivered its recommendations for the offshore renewable energy installation proposed for Nantucket Sound to the Minerals Management Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior. The Coast Guard is a cooperating agency providing input in its areas of expertise to the MMS, which is the lead permitting agency for the proposed installation and has approval authority for that project. The report, "U.S


CG Cape Wind Radar Study Findings

As a cooperating agency with the Department of the Interior's Minerals Management Service, the U.S. Coast Guard is providing an assessment on the proposed Cape Wind project's impacts to Coast Guard missions and the potential impacts the project may have on navigational safety. In Oct. 2008, Capt. Raymond Perry, the commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England, determined that for Coast Guard officials to make a recommendation to the Minerals Management Service


Boost for Offshore Wind Energy

Offshore Wind Energy

As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy resources and cut carbon pollution, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Hopper today announced the release of an Environmental Assessment (EA) supporting a potential lease sale for more than 300,000 acres of federal waters off the coast of North Carolina for wind energy development.


Bar Pilot Overboard, Missing

The U.S. Coast Guard used helicopters to search for a bar pilot who went overboard in rough weather near the mouth of the Columbia River. The bar pilot, who has not been identified, fell into the Pacific Monday night while trying to transfer from an outgoing freighter he had guided across the Columbia River Bar to a vessel that takes bar pilots back to their station, the Coast Guard said. Two 47-foot rescue boats had to return to Cape Disappointment because strong winds and rough seas made


Arthur Becomes Atlantic's First Hurricane of 2014

Source: NOAA

Storm Arthur became the first hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Thursday. Arthur was about 190 miles (305 km) south-southwest of Cape Fear, North Carolina with maximum sustained wind of 75 mph (120 kph), NHC said. (Reporting by Anupam Chatterjee in Bangalore; Editing by Alison Williams)


Gamesa to Site Prototype Offshore Wind Turbine in Spain, Not U.S.

Spain's Gamesa will install its prototype offshore wind turbine off the Canary Islands instead of Virginia, citing slow growth in US offshore windfarm market This offshore prototype will be the first to be installed in Spain,  Gamesa having chosen Arinaga Quay in Gran Canary Island: a decision driven by technical and wind resource considerations, offshore market trends and investment return criteria. The installation of  Gamesa's first offshore prototype in Europe freezes the


Maersk Drilling Secures Contract for Newest Drillship

Maersk Voyager (Photo courtesy of Maersk Drilling)

Maersk Drilling was awarded a contract from eni Ghana Exploration and Production Ltd. for employment of the newbuild drillship Maersk Voyager.   The contract will see Maersk Voyager work on the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) Project offshore Ghana with expected commencement in July 2015


Port of Durban to Triple Capacity, Compete with Suez Canal

The Port of Durban (Photo courtesy of the Durban Chamber of Commerce)

  Durban, South Africa's busiest port, has started a project to triple capacity and encourage vessels to skip the Suez Canal and sail around the Cape of Good Hope, Bloomberg reported today.   The excavation project, which will increase the port's capacity from 2


Drying Cabinets Handy On Board Nexus

Nexus (Photo courtesy of Damen)

In 2014, Pronomar equipped Van Oord’s offshore cable laying vessel Nexus with three drying cabinets, each responsible for the drying of eight sets of workwear.   Nexus, a 126-meter Damen Offshore Carrier (DOC) 8500 cable laying vessel was delivered to Van Oord in December and is


Van Oord, Falck Ink Safety Training Deal

From left to right: Tjerk Suurenbroek, Commercial Director Falck Safety Services; and John Knoesten, Director Personnel & Organization Van Oord (Photo courtesy of Falck Safety Services)

Van Oord has signed a two year contract with Falck Safety Services for the provision of safety training.   Van Oord, a contractor for dredging, marine engineering and offshore energy projects, including oil, gas and wind, said it has invested in a trainee program for its employees for many


Seacat Services launches Second 26m Catamaran

second 26m Catamaran

  Class-leading offshore energy crew transfer vessel operator Seacat Services today launches Seacat Courageous, the firm’s second 26-metre crew transfer vessel, as it continues to support the growth of the European offshore wind market.


Tug Owner Jailed for Crewman’s Death

A tugboat owner was given an eight-month custodial sentence after his crew member died trying to reattach a tow line in a violent storm.   Martin Richley, owner and skipper of 9.5m Medway tugboat Endurance, pleaded guilty to offences under the Merchant Shipping Act at a hearing today at


CWind Secures Another Contract in Germany

CWind has secured its third temporary power supply project in German waters.   CWind is providing an integrated solution that includes the project management, rental of generators, the servicing, maintenance and refueling as well as the specialist workboat required at Borkum Riffgrund


Hong Kong - Macau Yacht Races

PHOTO COURTESY HEBE HAVEN YACHT CLUB

  Yacht races between Hong Kong and Macau will take place on 19 February 2015 (Thursday) and 21 February 2015 (Saturday). About 20 sailing boats are expected to participate in the races. The outbound trip from Hong Kong to Macau will start at 1000 hours on 19 February 2015 in an area


Japanese Consortium to Build Offshore Wind Farm

A wind farm by Hitachi Zosen Corporation

 A consortium of ten companies led by Hitachi Zosen Corporation (Hitz) has been awarded the bid to develop the “Iwafune Offshore Wind Farm Project” in Murakami City, Niigata prefecture.   The award is the result of a public bidding held by Murakami City’s project


Unique DP System Thrusts US Offshore Wind Sector

Photo: Thrustmaster

Offshore wind construction in the U.S. sees opportunities for effective conversions of existing jack-ups into wind turbine installation vessels Thrustmaster of Texas, a marine propulsion design and manufacturing company in the U.S., is looking to give an edge to U.S


BSM Takes Management of Two SOVs

Photo courtesy of BSM

BSM is to take on the ship management of two new ULSTEIN SX175 Service Operation Vessels (SOVs), ordered as part of a WINDEA joint venture involving its parent company Bernhard Schulte. Both vessels are to be built at the Ulstein Verft shipyard in Norway and will be operated by Bernhard Schulte


d’Amico Group Launches its Largest Ship

Photo: d’Amico Group

Italian shipowner d’Amico Group today celebrated the delivery and naming of its new handy-cape type vessel, Cielo d’Italia, a ship that it labeled as “the largest and most innovative ship in the history of the group.”  


Boston Harbor Cruises Ferry to Undergo $2.6m Engine Refit

Salacia (Photo: Boston Harbor Cruises)

Boston Harbor Cruises’ Provincetown Ferry, the Salacia will be drydocked from January thru March 2015 to undergo a $2.6 million dollar engine refit.    Boston Harbor Cruises (BHC) has purchased four MTU 12V4000M64 engines from Stewart & Stevenson


Europe's Offshore Wind Capacity Growing

File image: an offshore wind farm (Siemens)

New capacity edges down 5 pct from record 2013; industry body forecasts stable growth over 2015/6. Europe's offshore wind capacity kept up a steady rate of growth in 2014 and should expand at a similar pace on average over the coming two years, an industry report said on Friday.


Australian Tall Ship Rounds Cape Horn

Young Endeavour

  The Royal Australian Navy operated Sail Training Ship Young Endeavour rounded Cape Horn on Australia Day, 36 days into a 12-month circumnavigation of the world. Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett AO, CSC, RAN congratulated the 36 seafarers on board the square-rigged tall ship






 
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