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Topaz Confirms Delivery Wind-farm Vessels

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Renaissance Services subsidiary, Topaz Engineering, a UAE-based full service ship building, ship repair and engineering services company announced it has completed the delivery of two wind farm support vessels (WFSV) to ASP Work Boats Ltd, part of the global ASP Ship Management Group.  David Borcoski, Group MD and CEO of ASP Ship Management Group said: “Topaz Engineering has done an excellent job in completing the construction of our wind farm support vessels and delivering them within the time-frame requested. We look forward to working with ASP again in the future.” The contract, signed on 19th September 2011 was for the design and construction of two DNV +1A1 HSLC R1 Windfarm Service Category 1Vessels. The two boats have an LOA (length overall) of 18 metres, a beam of 7.5 metres, and a lightship displacement of 43 tons. Both are powered by two Scania 700hp engines and can operate up to 150 miles offshore at cruising speeds of up to 25 knots. The vessels were built in Topaz Marine Engineering’s NicoCraft Aluminium Boat Building Facility in Abu Dhabi, and were completed in 7 1/2 months. NicoCraft LLC is one of the leading shipyards in the region, offering full turnkey design, construction, delivery and life cycle support services for new vessel construction and vessel conversion projects.


Seakeeper Gyros Tested on Wind Support Vessels

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Continuing its aggressive commercial marine growth, gyro stabilizer manufacturer Seakeeper recently shipped M21000 units for testing with Hvide Sande Skib & Baadebyggeri (HSSB).   The gyros will be used aboard 25m and 34m monohull wind farm support vessels for DONG Energy, a Danish leader in offshore wind farm development and construction. In a sector previously dominated by catamarans, Seakeeper gyros now create exciting opportunities for monohulls and builders such as HSSB in wind


Alnmaritec Launches Wind Farm Support Vessel

Alnmaritec recently successfully launched a new multi-purpose offshore wind farm support vessel, the Ocean Wind 5. The vessel is a variant of the extremely popular Wave Commander class from Alnmaritec. The ship measures 16m x 7m and is fitted with twin Scania DI16 engines, giving her cruising speeds of over 24. On deck, the ship is fitted with a payload area both fore and aft, a substantial moon pool; internally, it has a survey station and comfortable accommodation for both passengers and


Channel Chieftain VI launches – powered by Doosan

Channel Chieftain VI

The latest East Coast wind farm support vessel has been launched – powered by Doosan. Channel Chieftain VI is a 19m aluminium wind farm support vessel built for Carlin Boat Charters which provides passenger and crew transfer services to wind farms across the UK and Northern Europe. Powered by a pair of 4V222TIM engines through Twin Disc gearboxes, developing 647kW at 2,100rpm supplied by WaterMota, Channel Chieftain will have a top speed of 25 knots and a service speed of 20 knots.


PIRIOU Secures Order for 26-meter WFSV

Photo: BMT Nigel Gee

Shipbuilder PIRIOU in Vietnam has received an order for the BMT Nigel Gee designed wind farm support vessel (WFSV).   The vessel, Ocean Wind 8 of Hartlepool, will be delivered to AIS (Marine) 2 Limited at the end of March 2015 for operations in the North Sea.   The vessel has completed sea trails, achieving 31 knots with 8 metric tons DWT, the designer reported.   Ocean Wind 8 of Hartlepool is 27 meters long with a beam of 8 meters


Ampelmann Gangway for New Wind Farm Support Vessel

Acta Orion (Image courtesy of Ampelmann)

Ampelmann, developer of motion compensated access solutions, has reported a contract with Acta Marine for its newbuild wind farm support vessel, the Acta Orion.   Ampelmann’s motion compensated gangway will provide Acta Orion with a stable platform in sea states of up to 2.5m Hs to ensure safe, efficient and reliable transfers of personnel to and from the wind turbines.   In addition, Ampelmann, in close collaboration with Acta Marine


First Strategic Marine WSV Delivered

Strategic Marine WSV: Photo credit Strategic Marine

Australian shipbuilder Strategic Marine delivers first of 8 Wind Farm Support Vessels (WSV) from its Singapore shipyard. The 21 metre multipurpose vessel was built at the company's recently expanded Singapore shipyard for Madliena Shipping (Jersey) Ltd and will be managed by Njord Offshore Limited, a subsidiary of Norse Management UK, to be employed in wind farm crew transfer and support in European waters. The offshore wind farm crew transfer and support vessels are among the most


Crew Rescued from Wind Farm Vessel Fire

Norfolk Tern (photo: Norfolk Marine)

A crewman has been airlifted to James Paget University Hospital this morning after a fire on board a 17-meter wind farm support vessel, Norfolk Tern, four nautical miles off Great Yarmouth, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency reported. Humber Coastguard said it received a call from the Norfolk Tern just after 8 a.m. reporting they had a fire in their starboard engine, which they managed to bring it under control


Great Lakes Shipyard Now a Damen Licensed Builder

GLS Damen 1 tugboat: Photo GLS

Great Lakes Shipyard (GLS) informed that it has entered into a five-year agreement with B.V. Scheepswerf Damen Gorinchem authorizing the Cleveland shipyard as an official builder of Damen designs. GLS explained that this combination creates an environment for further development of proven designs to establish the yard’s Damen Series, a collection of marine products for the following markets: Harbor and terminal: towage and ship assist services such as Stan tugs, launches


Making the Case for Glycerine as Clean Marine Fuel

GLEAMS Project Partners at Lloyds Register.

GLEAMS Project concludes that Glycerine is a viable, clean, alternative marine fuel After a year of intense activity, Marine South East’s GLEAMS (Glycerine Fuel for Marine Sustainability) project has concluded that Glycerine is a viable, exceptionally clean alternative marine fuel. Over the course of the initiative the project consortium gathered evidence and conducted analysis to prove that glycerine is a technically viable, very low emissions alternative fuel for the marine market


Blyth Workcats Wins ABP Survey Boat Contract

Blyth Workcats 14m survey boat to be built for ABP

  At the Seawork International Exhibition in Southampton, Blyth Workcats Ltd announced that Associated British Ports (ABP) has awarded it the contract for a new 14-metre survey vessel to be built at the company’s yard on Canvey Island, Essex, UK.


CWind Bags Crew Transfer Contract

CWind wins crew transfer vessel contract from Fred Olsen at Walney 1 & 2 offshore wind farms   CWind announced that it has won an eight-month contract to provide crew transfer services to Fred Olsen at Walney 1 and 2 offshore wind farms


RECAB Inks Deal with AKVA Group

From left: Bjørn Espen Aase, Country Manager RECAB; Andrés Lara, Project Department Manager, AKVA Group; Sigurd Larsen, Supply Chain Manager, AKVA Group; Michael Ullskog, CEO, RECAB; and Nils Gjørvad, Sr. Key Account Manager, RECAB (Photo: RECAB)

Embedded computer systems developer RECAB AB has entered into a contract with AKVA Group ASA for the delivery of its solutions to the fish farming industry.   The frame agreement signed during Norshipping 2015 will see AKVA group deliver RECAB's embedded computer systems to the global fish


Conference to Delve into Hybrid Power & Propulsion

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The first international Hybrid Marine Power & Propulsion Conference will be held at the RNLI Lifeboat College, Poole UK from October 6-8, 2015.   Shock Mitigation will bring together an international group of experts, armed with the latest knowledge that will identify the potential


Hybrid Marine Power & Propulsion Workshop

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Hybrid Marine Power & Propulsion Workshop – Southampton – May 13 & 14, 2015   In May 2015 U.K. based Shock Mitigation will bring together a group of experts armed with the latest knowledge that will assist the sub IMO professional sector to understand the possibilities


Fugro Expertise for Wind Farm Developers in Netherlands

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  Fugro has been contracted by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, to execute the geotechnical site investigation and geological modelling of sites I and II of the future Borssele wind farm park


Intelligent Fender System Completes Offshore Trial

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Strainstall, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, announced the completion of the world’s first Intelligent Fender System (IFS) trial with energy companies SSE and RWE at Suffolk-based wind farm, Greater Gabbard.   The IFS is an in-house developed technology which aims to provide


MAN GenSets for Chilean Fishing Vessel

Photo: Man Diesel & Turbo

MAN Diesel & Turbo received an order for three MAN 6L21/31 gensets to power a wellboat newbuilding for Patagonia Wellboat, the Chilean fish-farming operator. The order is the latest in a long history of wellboat references for MAN Diesel & Turbo in Chile’s domestic fish-farming


Hybrid Power for Workboats: The Future is Now

Deep Blue Hybrid by Torqeedo is a fully integrated scalable system, offering hybrid propulsion and providing complete onboard energy management.

Hybrid marine power and propulsion systems for workboats isn’t farfetched. In fact, it may be essential.   In 2015, two significant developments are going to make many operators, owners and builders of professional vessels consider hybrid marine power


Blyth Workcats to showcase Catamaran Designs at Seawork

Design evolution of Blyth Workcats will be on display at Seawork on Stand B27

  The design evolution of Blyth Workcats will be on display at Seawork on Stand B27 where the company will be showing examples from its versatile range. Well known for their robust seaworthiness and economical performance, workboats from this well-established Essex yard are able to perform


Block Island Wind Crew Transfer Contract Awarded

Photo courtesy of Seacat Services

Agreement enables high-speed catamaran ferry company Rhode Island Fast Ferry to commission first US-built crew transfer vessel, to be built by Blount Boats, and launch Atlantic Wind Transfers, its commercial wind support services division.  


Design & Operation: Wind Farm Support Vessels

Pictured is Alicat, South Boats IOW 26m Wind Farm Support Vessel operated by Seacat Services.

Offshore wind farm development has been led globally by the UK, followed by Germany. Both countries have governments with long term commitments to renewable energy. Denmark, Belgium and The Netherlands are building wind farms, but they are a long way behind the leaders in offshore wind


Tuco Debuts 10m Wind Farm Service Boat

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Tuco Marine Group of Denmark discloses the newest vessel in the ProZero series of Fast Rescue Boats, Daughter Crafts and Workboats; The New 10m WIND FARM SERVICE BOAT.   The new design is released shortly after Tuco won the order for two 11m Wind Farm Service Boats that have been ordered


ABB's Power Infrastructure for UK Wind Farm

Claudio Facchin, president of ABB’s Power Systems division.

  ABB has won a significant order to provide substations and related power infrastructure for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm. ABB will provide power infrastructure for the offshore platform as well as the onshore substation to efficiently integrate the new wind farm into the country’s


Fugro to Investigate Wind Farm Sites

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  Fugro and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, have signed two contracts to investigate the Borssele wind area, off the Zeeland coast. The workscope includes measuring meteorological and oceanographic conditions and performing geophysical






 
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