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First Portuguese Offshore Wind Turbine

Portugal's first offshore wind turbine inaugurated by Energias de Portugal, Repsol, Principle Power, A. Silva Matos (ASM), Vestas Wind Systems A/S & InovCapital The turbine is installed on an innovative floating foundation called the WindFloat. 

In addition to being the first offshore wind turbine in Portugal, this is the first offshore wind turbine to be installed without the use of any heavy lift vessels or piling equipment at sea. All final assembly, installation and pre-commissioning of the turbine and substructure took place on land in a controlled environment. The complete system was then wet-towed offshore using simple tug vessels.
 The WindFloat is equipped with a Vestas v80 2.0MW turbine capable of producing enough electricity for 1,300 households. The system is located 5km off the coast of Aguçadoura, Portugal, and has already produced in excess of 1.7GWh. The WindFloat ushers in a new era in the offshore wind industry permitting utilities to target the highest quality wind resources, independent of water depth.
 The WindFloat has already endured a harsh winter environment in the open Atlantic, having withstood waves of up to 15 metres at the close of 2011. The system performed remarkably and within predictions anticipated using sophisticated design tools. Further, power production figures support the jointventure's vision of the WindFloat's significant and game-changing role in the global offshore wind market

First Offshore Bunkering Service Launched

Iran has launched its first offshore bunkering service at an anchorage south of the Qeshm island free trade zone in the Gulf. Singapore-based Global Energy provides the services in cooperation with the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) and National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC). Ahmad Hakim, a senior official in Qeshm, said that the floating anchorage, set up nine miles southwest of Qeshm, had begun its services earlier this month, having already fuelled several international tankers.

Russia to Pursue offshore Oil and Gas

According to UPI, Russia's first offshore oil and gas platform, LUN-A, is in operation in the sea of Okhotsk on the Sakhalin Shelf. The platform will be used to drill 27 wells and the produced gas will be transported over a 497-mile pipeline to a liquefied natural gas plant being built in the settlement of Prigorodnoye south of Sakhalin, ITAR-TASS news agency reported. The installation of the LUN-A platform is part of the Sakhalin-2 project run by the Sakhalin Energy international company

Floating Wind Farm Starts Trial Run Off Japan

Japan’s first offshore floating wind farm begins trial operation off the coast of Goto Islands, Nagasake Prefecture. A Japan Government energy ministry spokesperson said that diversifying energy sources in Japan has become a significant national issue after the radioactive disaster at Fukushima No.1 Nuclear Power Plant. The operation of the wind farm is carried out by a technical team from Japan’s Environment Ministry

Oregon Offshore Wind Project: Key Step Forward

Photo credit Hans Hillewaert CCL

On the heels of President Obama’s State of the Union address where he laid out actions to move the economy toward clean energy sources, reduce carbon pollution and create jobs, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has announced an important step forward for the first offshore wind project proposed for federal waters off the West Coast.   Governor John Kitzhaber and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Tommy P

Batista companies extend test in Brazil offshore field

Brazilian tycoon Eike Batista's bankrupt shipmaker and sister oil company are extending tests in the offshore Tubarão Azul field until March 7, according to a Wednesday securities filing. OSX Brasil SA said its OSX-1 platform would continue tests in the field operated by Oleo e Gas Participações SA, the oil producer formerly known as OGX. The failure to produce as much oil as expected at Tubarão Azul, Batista's first offshore field

Nominees for Heyerdahl Award Announced

The Expert Committee today announced the Short List for the Thor Heyerdahl International Maritime Environmental Award which will be presented on June 3 in Oslo, Norway, at the Nor-Shipping. Nominees included are: The International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation Limited (ITOPF) is nominated for its world leading role in maritime environmental knowledge management and knowledge sharing. OptiMarin AS is nominated for their pioneering development of cost efficient ballast water treatment

Canada Revisits Offshore O&G Exploration

Led by Husky Energy Inc., a handful of companies won development rights on four offshore parcels by committing to spend a total of $186-million to explore them, the Canada- Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board said yesterday. The successful rights sale has fuelled further optimism in the province's oil and gas industry, which recently celebrated a $7-billion deal to develop the oil field and is expecting 's partners to reach agreement to proceed with the next phase of that

US Wind Farm Project Not a Hazard Confirms FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration has again ruled that the Cape Wind wind farm off the Massachusetts coast poses no hazard to local airplanes. According to source WSLS10, a federal appeals court had ordered the agency to reconsider its previous finding, and the FAA said in a recent statement that after an aeronautical study, it again found that the project's 130 wind turbines wouldn't endanger local air traffic. The clearance is the fourth time the FAA has approved the $2

US Clears Way for Offshore Wind Farm Development

The federal government cleared the way for Virginia to seek a research lease in its Atlantic coastal areas to help speed up development. The move would allow for greater study of wind, waves and wildlife in a 130-square-mile set aside for wind development. The announcement by U.S. Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management was welcomed by Gov. Bob McDonnell, energy companies and proponents of clean energy, reports Associated Press.

Bechtel to Design America's First FLNG

Curtis Island LNG, Queensland, Australia. Photo: Bechtel Corporation

 The first U.S.-based  floating liquefied natural gas vessel (FLNGV) moved closer to reality after engineering giant Bechtel agreed to design and engineer the project.   Bechtel has been selected by Delfin LNG, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fairwood Peninsula Energy

First US Offshore Wind Workboat Build Underway

Photo: Atlantic Wind Transfers

Atlantic Wind Transfers, Blount Boats and Deepwater Wind welcome key U.S. offshore wind supply chain players to official ribbon cutting ceremony   Atlantic Wind Transfers, the commercial wind support services arm of Rhode Island Fast Ferry

First Offshore Reference for ACO's New Clarimar MF

Clarimar MF (Photo: ACO Marine)

ACO Marine announced it has signed a contract to supply a bespoke version of its new Clarimar MF wastewater treatment plant to the CFT 623 wellhead platform under construction for Dubai’s Dragon Oil.   The specially adapted Clarimar MF-2 has capacity to treat 3

RINA Group Widens Gas Sector Services

International classification, certification and engineering group RINA said it has widened its services to the global gas industry. While its traditional classification society arm RINA Services has recently approved a new Compressed Natural Gas carrier to aid the exploitation of marginal fields

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

Lithuania Looks to U.S. for Gas

Lithuanian liquefied natural gas (LNG) importer Litgas has signed a preliminary agreement with a U.S. supplier, looking to lessen the Baltic nation's dependence on Russia. Litgas said on Friday it had signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Delfin LNG

Answering the Call

MCP aims to revolutionize communications in the offshore sector.

There’s a digital disconnect offshore. The communication standards we take for granted on land are cut adrift at sea; hampering data transfer for businesses, while severing individuals’ lifelines to social media networks. What’s to ‘like’ about that? Frode

Denmark's Promising Future

Photo: Maersk

One of the world’s leading seafaring nations, Denmark has maritime roots stretching back more than 1,000 years. While its history is strong, the Danish market has its collective eyes squarely on the future. In its quest for continued relevance

US Tank Barge Regs Loom, Laborde Presses Mitsubishi’s 'Mechanical Advantage'

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Owners of tank barges eye November 15, 2015 with trepidation, as by then they must ensure that tank barge power units meet USCG Class 1, Division 1 requirements for non-sparking machinery in a hazardous environment. Laborde Products – with the “mechanical advantage of the

Delfin LNG Proposes Gulf Coast’s First Offshore LNG Facility

Photo: Delfin LNG LLC

 A potential deep-water port LNG export project for the Gulf of Mexico has submitted applications to the Maritime Administration and the United States Coast Guard for approval.   Delfin LNG LLC has submitted an application to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) and the United States

Offshore Renewables: The Future is Now

The London Array off the coast of Kent is the largest offshore wind farm in the world. Credit: London Array Limited

While the recent swoon in world oil and gas prices has predictably cooled a number of offshore renewable projects, there is a palpable change regarding the way in which the world views renewable energy. Renewable energy projects, at one time merely serving as window dressing

Research Vessel Concept a First for Voith

Photo: Voith Turbo

The new fisheries research vessel of the Shanghai Ocean University will be a first for Voith in several respects.   It is the first fisheries research vessel world-wide to use the proven Voith Schneider Propeller (VSP) propulsion concept

RI Offshore Project Boosts US Wind Entry

Blount Boats is building a 21 meter crew transfer vessel (CTV) that will operate for Deepwater Wind Block Island project. (Image: courtesy Blount)

Rhode Island's Deepwater Wind will start installing the foundations for North America's first offshore wind farm on Monday, a milestone the company says could pave the way for an industry long established in Europe but that is still struggling with opposition in the United States.

NOIA Applauds RI Offshore Wind Project

Randall Luthi (Photo: NOIA)

National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) president Randall Luthi issued a statement congratulating “steel in the water” for Deep Water Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm, stating an all-of-the-above strategy combining offshore wind with offshore oil and gas off the U.S

Bechtel Wins Contract for US' First FLNG Facility

Bechtel announced it has been selected by Delfin LNG, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fairwood Peninsula Energy Corporation, to perform front-end engineering and design for the first U.S.-based floating liquefied natural gas vessel (FLNGV) to go into service at Port Delfin.   

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