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Offshore Wind Farm Project for Stricken Japanese Province

Experimental offshore wind farm project aimed to help in Fukushima recovery A consortium made up of Marubeni (project integrator), the University of Tokyo, Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, IHI Marine United, Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding, Nippon Steel, Hitachi, Furukawa Electric, Shimizu and Mizuho Information & Research are participating in an experimental offshore floating wind farm project sponsored by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. This experimental project consists of three floating wind turbines and one floating power sub-station off the coast of Fukushima. The first stage of this experimental project will begin in 2012 and consists of one 2MW floating wind turbine, the world's first 66kV floating power sub-station and undersea cable. In the second stage of the project two 7MW wind turbines will be added between 2013 and 2015. Fukushima Prefecture expects this experimental project to spawn a new industry in renewable energy and create employment as part of recovery efforts in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake.  


Statoil Awards Siemens Wind Farm Service Contracts

The Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm. (Photo: Alan ONeill)

As operator, Statoil has awarded two contracts to Siemens plc for the engineering, supply, assembly, commissioning and service of 67 wind turbine generators for the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm project. The wind turbine generator (WTG) supply contract will cover engineering, procurement, assembly and offshore commissioning. Each turbine (6 MW) consists of a tower section, a nacelle and three separate rotor blades (154-meter rotor diameter).


GL Garrad Hassan and GL Academy to Offer Joint Training Program

GL Garrad Hassan and GL Academy are merging their expertise to offer joint training seminars. With GL Garrad Hassan’s skilled trainers working within the GL Academy infrastructure and through GL Academy’s local branch offices, these combined training programs will be offered worldwide. The development of future seminars for the renewables community will also be supported by GL Academy’s knowledge of training organization and teaching techniques


U.S. Offshore Wind Energy Project – BOEM Seeks Commercial Interests

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) seeks to gauge industry Interest in proposed Rhode Island wind energy transmission system The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has issued a request to determine whether there is competitive interest in the construction of a transmission system between the Rhode Island coastline and Block Island, an important step in evaluating a transmission project proposed by Deepwater Wind that would deliver electrical power from its proposed 30 megawatt Block


Fugro Offshore, Gregg Marine, Form Joint Venture

Holland's Fugro Offshore Geotechnics & Gregg Marine form a new Joint Venture company, Seafloor Geotec, LLC Fugro Offshore Geotechnics are specialists in marine site investigation and geo-consulting, and Gregg Marine, Inc., in seabed robotic drilling. The new J/V company, SGL will combine the extensive offshore drilling and testing expertise of both parent companies, with the robotic seabed systems developed by Gregg Marine


ABS to Host Offshore Wind Seminar

ABS Group will host an Offshore Wind Farm Projects Seminar on October 8 at ABS House, 1 Frying Pan Ally in London. ABS Group advisors who are involved in solving technical issues in offshore projects will share their experience regarding issues throughout the entire life cycle of a project. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss industry wide technical issues, particularly in structural engineering, asset integrity management and risk management with ABS Group experts during the


Wilhelmsen Ships Service Assists Wind Farm

Photo courtesy ClearLine Communications Ltd.

Wilhelmsen Ships Service has been awarded a contract to handle all the ships agency calls for the main contractor to the Belwind Project, one of the largest new green energy projects in the world. Wilhelmsen Ships Service Belgium has signed an agency agreement with Van Oord Belgie to act as full agent in the port of Zeebrugge for their port calls during the Belwind Project. The Dutch contractor Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors have been awarded the contract for the engineering


Strong & Steady Start for Seaway

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Positive Outlook as St. Lawrence Seaway Opens the 2012 Season.   The steel and construction industries pushed the demand for North American commodities such as iron ore, stone and cement, and provided the 2012 shipping season with a solid start. The St. Lawrence Seaway reported that year-to-date total cargo shipments for the period March 22 to April 30 were 4.4 million metric tons, up 2.24 percent over the same period in 2011.  


Damen Delivers Shoalbuster 3209 to Acta Marine

Photo: Damen

Coastal voyager on its way for offshore wind farms Lady sponsor Annemie van der Ven- Scheeren, who named the ‘Coastal Voyager’ of Acta Marinein Amsterdam (The Netherlands) on 28th February, has not taken her task lightly. The spouse of the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Acta Marine not only wished vessel and crew well, but also held a speech on the history of inauguration customs. Beforehand, she took the opportunity to go on board to witness the trial of the Damen


Forewind Spends to Make North Sea Wind Zone a Reality

MV Aurelia: Photo credit the owners

The latest seabed survey of the Dogger Bank offshore wind zone takes the cost of the Forewind consortium's spend on offshore surveys to almost £45 million. Since being awarded the rights to develop Dogger Bank in January 2010, Forewind has undertaken a huge range of geotechnical, geophysical and fish ecology surveys to understand and characterise the seabed and marine conditions of the zone as part of its environmental impact assessment work.  


Boat of the Month: M/V HOS ACHIEVER

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Accommodations, Features and Comfort combine with Safety. All are key for Offshore Housing missions. Deepwater operations are increasingly demanding more personnel offshore, often for longer periods of time, placing a greater emphasis on crew accommodation


Damen Fits New SPS Feet to Wind Turbine Vessel

Photo: Damen

Damen ARNO Dunkerque, part of the Damen Shiprepair & Conversion Group, has given a new set of feet to what they are caling the world’s first purpose-built offshore wind turbine installation and maintenance vessel, the 2003-built MPI Resolution*


Hong Kong Bans Import of Kumamoto Poultry

Photo: Reuters

Hong Kong’s Center for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today, April 14, that in view of a notification from the Japanese authorities about an outbreak of high-pathogenic H5 avian influenza on a broiler farm in Kumamoto Prefecture


UK Subsidises 8 Renewable Energy Contracts

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The British government on Wednesday awarded investment contracts under a new subsidy regime to eight renewable energy projects, including five offshore wind farms and three biomass plants. The projects together are worth 12 billion pounds ($20 billion) and will support 8


First German-built Wind Farm Jack-up: Aeolus

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It is a first in the German shipbuilding industry; the Aeolus, the first jack-up vessel for offshore wind farms designed and built in Germany, which was constructed at Sietas Shipyard for the prestigious Dutch marine engineering company Van Oord, has left the shipyard


UK Throttle Back on Two Offshore Wind Projects

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Forewind, in agreement with The Crown Estate has revised the current development potential for the total capacity of the wind energy projects in the Dogger Bank Zone from 9 gigawatts (GW) to 7.2 GW. At the same time, the consortium behind London Array has announced it will not proceed with the


New Jack-up Vessel Propelled by SCHOTTEL

Photo: HOCHTIEF

Since December 2013 the fleet of HOCHTIEF has a new member. The offshore jack-up vessel VIDAR was developed especially for construction and servicing of offshore wind farms as well as offshore oil and gas plants. The propulsion system consists of four SCHOTTEL Combi Drives electric azimuth


Ofgem to Link Offshore Wind to U.K Grid

By Susanna Twidale, Reuters U.K. energy regulator Ofgem on Wednesday launched a £400 million tender for linking offshore wind farms in the North Sea to Britain's national power grid. Ofgem is calling for firms to construct high-voltage transmission links to connect the Westermost Rough


Damen Delivers Second Twin Axe FCS 2610 to Sure Wind

Photo: Damen

British company Sure Wind Marine Ltd. has taken delivery of its second Damen Twin Axe Fast Crew Supplier – the Sure Swift - in a little over a month after the first joined the company’s fleet. Established in 2009, Sure Wind is a specialist in the German offshore wind market and now


Cape Wind Secures $600M toward Mass. Wind Farm

By Richard Valdmanis, Reuters Cape Wind said on Wednesday it has secured $600 million in financing for its proposed $2.5 billion wind power farm off the Massachusetts coast, and expects to have the rest locked up by the end of the third quarter.


Harwich Dock & OMM Get Dong Offshore UK Cable Services Contract

The Harwich Dock Company (HDC) and Offshore Marine Management (OMM) have secured a significant long term contract with DONG Energy, one of the leading energy groups in Northern Europe, to provide cable storage and management services at the Harwich Navyard in Essex.


Study Targets Reduced Offshore Wind Costs

Xodus Group, Cathie Associates and UTEC Geomarine have formed an industry leading consortium to deliver a study which will aim to reduce the costs of generating electricity from offshore wind farms in U.K. waters. The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA)


Rolls-Royce Water Jets for Windfarm Support Vessels

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Rolls-Royce said it has secured a contract to supply water jets for three wind farm support vessels to be built by South Boats IOW for the offshore wind transfer vessel operator Seacat Services. In what Rolls-Royce called one of the biggest orders made for wind farm workboats


Panel: Lift Japan offshore wind tariff lift, Cut solar prices

A government panel has recommended Japan lift the amount utilities must pay for electricity from offshore wind farms while cutting prices for power fed in from solar projects, as the country looks to diversify its use of renewable energy.


New Teknicraft Wind Farm Support Vessel

Photo: All American Marine

Teknicraft Design’s latest offshore support catamaran made a debut at the recent Oceanology 2014 conference held at the London ExCel Center in March. The MO1 was commissioned by Mainprize Offshore Ltd. of Scarborough, U.K. he 83’ aluminum catamaran features a new wave piercing hull


 
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