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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


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.


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


First Strategic Marine WSV Delivered

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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


Great Lakes Shipyard Now a Damen Licensed Builder

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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


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


HATLAPA Acquires Triplex AS, Extends Portfolio

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Hamburg-based manufacturer HATLAPA Marine Equipment has purchased a majority shareholding in the Norwegian deck machinery company Triplex AS. In doing so HATLAPA’s traditional product portfolio of compressors, steering gear and winches has now been significantly expanded to include all components of a typical deck machinery package for supply vessels and AHTs. With oil and gas exploration and production taking place in deeper and deeper waters the requirements of support vessels is


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


Metal Shark to Build Damen Designs

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Vessel manufacturer Metal Shark has reached an agreement with Damen Shipyards to market Damen designs, which the company will construct at its Franklin, Louisiana shipyard. “We are proud to offer globally proven Damen designs as we expand our footprint in new markets,” said Metal Shark president Chris Allard. “Damen’s impressive portfolio serves as the perfect complement to our own designs, and our location on the Gulf of Mexico puts us within easy reach of many of


James Fisher Wind Farm Support Vessel Named

Chris Compton, Jim Hey, Adrian Went, Maria McCaffery, Sue Blacthford and Arthur Todd (Photo: JFMS)

James Fisher Marine Services’s (JFMS) multipurpose wind farm support vessel, Dart Fisher, has been formally named by the vessel’s Godmother Maria McCaffery MBE, CEO of RenewableUK at a dedication service held at Griffon Hoverwork, Southampton.  


Shipbuilder CTruk Awarded Round 6 RGF Grant

   An artist rendering of the completed Advanced Composite Technology Centre (Photo courtesy of CTruk)

Essex-based shipbuilder CTruk received a £1 million ($1.5 million) grant for the construction of an Advanced Composite Technology Centre from the UK Government's Regional Growth Fund, the office of Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced today.


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


Award Winning Vessel Designed Using QinetiQ Software

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QinetiQ’s ship and submersible design software, Paramarine, has been used by Mojo Maritime to design an offshore construction vessel for the marine renewables sector. The Hi Flo 4 (HF4) is a dynamic positioning vessel capable of operating in extreme coastal and continental shelf environments


New Survey Vessel Ordered for the Port of London

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The Port of London Authority (PLA) has ordered a new purpose-built survey catamaran, a CTruk MPC19, due to enter service on the river Thames later this year.   The vessel is will replace the PLA’s Yantlet vessel as she reaches the end of her service life


Infigen Energy Mulls Shedding U.S. Wind Farms

Australia under pressure to fix renewable energy target deadlock; 45 wind farm projects stalled. Australian wind farm operator Infigen Energy Ltd is exploring the sale of 18 U.S. wind farms, worth about A$500 million ($409 million), so they escape impact from the uncertain future of Australian


Great ships of 2014: Siem Moxie

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The ISV Siem Moxie, an Ulstein SX 163 design not only has been deemed a “Great Ship” in our pages, it has also been awarded the “Offshore Renewables Awards 2014” and the “Innovation Awards” by an international panel.  The Siem Moxie measures 242 x 55.7 ft


Meercat Delivers First Workboat Under New Ownership

Falls of Lora is now in operation with Dawnfresh Farming

Meercat Workboats have delivered its first vessel under the umbrella of new owners Burgess Marine with the hand-over of a 14m. workboat to Scottish fish farming specialists Dawnfresh Farming. Meercat completed the steel build, named the Falls of Lora, at its facilities in Portchester, Hampshire


Mustang Marine Launches Recruitment Drive

Stewart Graves, managing director, and Rita Beard, safety officer, observing work being carried out by Benjamin Cardew, Paul Hethrington and Richard Davey on the 20m BMT Nigel Gee design wind farm support vessel (Photo courtesy of Mustang Marine)

Mustang Marine, which is under a new ownership and management structure after being bought out of administration in May 2014 by a group of nine investors, has completed a broad range of orders in what was a successful second half of 2014, the company reports


ZF Gearboxes for MPI Workboats

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MPI Workboats, an operator of purpose-built aluminum wind farm support catamarans, has received ZF gearboxes installed in six of its latest vessels. Designed and constructed to work in challenging environments to transport passengers in comfort and safety


Is Glycerine the Next Marine Fuel?

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Following a year described as “intense activity,” the Glycerine Fuel for Marine Sustainability project (GLEAMS) concluded that Glycerine is a viable, exceptionally clean alternative marine fuel. The GLEAMS project claims that it has been particularly successful in dispelling the


Regulatory Okay for UK Offshore Wind Farm Extension

Existing wind farm has 367 MW capacity; extension is for a further 750 MW capacity. The British government has given consent for an offshore wind farm off Cumbria in the Irish Sea to be extended, Britain's Planning Inspectorate said on Friday, tripling its total electricity generation capacity


UK Offshore Wind Farm Gets Okay for Growth

File Photo: a Siemens Offshore Wind Farm

Existing wind farm has 367 MW capacity; extension is for a further 750 MW capacity. The British government has given consent for an offshore wind farm off Cumbria in the Irish Sea to be extended, Britain's Planning Inspectorate said on Friday, tripling its total electricity generation capacity


Seacat Debuts First Tank-tested Catamaran

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Following the completion of preliminary sea trials, offshore energy support vessel operator Seacat Services unveiled the British-built Seacat Intrepid, the first DNV GL certified 26-meter crew transfer vessel to benefit from a unique three-year offshore wind farm workboat tank testing research and


SMC to Provide Marine Coordination for Siemens

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Specialist Marine Consultants Ltd (SMC) have been working with Siemens, providing offshore marine coordination for a fifth Siemens Wind Power construction project. The Butendiek offshore wind farm in the North Sea began construction in early 2014, and is due for completion mid-2015






 
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