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Taiwan Offshore Wind Farm Research Project

Taiwan MOU Signing: Photo credit GL Garrad Hassan

GL Garrad Hassan signs MOU with Taiwanese Industrial Technology Research Institute to develop Taiwan's offshore energy strategy. The offshore wind resource around the Taiwanese coast is considered excellent, with more than 6,000MW potential capacity at water depths of less than 50m. Earlier this year the Taiwanese government announced an extensive plan to speed up the deployment of offshore wind farm and promote green energy economics. Beginning with a demonstration project in 2015, offshore installation is planned to ramp up over the coming years and reach 1000 turbines and 3000MW by 2030. The Memorandum of Understanding will see GL Garrad Hassan and ITRI cooperate in the fields of wind energy technological developments pertaining to industrial technology, technology strategy, and technical information and training. Both parties will carry out joint projects, exchange technical information and expertise in the research and development of industrial technology, facilitate technical training of scientists and engineers, and explore opportunities for further cooperation in any other areas of mutual interest. GL Garrad Hassan will share its expertise on offshore wind farm design, project management, offshore infrastructure, risk assessment and mitigation, certification, grid connections to marine energy technology, test site management and certification

Offshore Wind Turbine Software Anniversary

Dr Andrew Garrad: Photo credit GL Garrad Hassan

GL Garrad Hassan marked the 20th anniversary of the launch of 'Bladed' software at the recent EWEA Conference in Vienna. GL Garrad Hassan pioneered the development of design tools for wind, wave and tidal energy devices and Bladed is now recognised as the industry standard design tool for wind turbines with 450 licences held by 250 clients worldwide. The majority of Bladed users are turbine manufacturers, with the remainder being made up from component suppliers, certification agencies and

WaveRoller Obtains DNV GL Verification

Installation of WaveRoller

WaveRoller, the wave energy device created by wave energy developer AW-Energy has received independent performance verification, taking the wave power industry one step closer to commercialization. WaveRoller received its validation after operating in fully exposed ocean environment during testing campaigns in 2012 and 2013. AW-Energy submitted detailed data covering wave conditions and device performance for external verification

Hijacked Tankship Freed in Nigerian Waters After Gunfight

Pirates took control of the St. Kitts and Nevis-flagged MT Notre on August 15, but an emergency signal was sent to the navy and several gunships were deployed to recover the vessel, Nigeria Navy Flag Officer Rear Admiral Sidi-Ali Hassan informed Reuters. Navy gunships caught up with the vessel and forced it into Nigerian waters but while negotiating the ship's release, the pirates tried to escape on a speed boat. The navy boats pursued but were fired upon by the hijackers

Iran Offers India Bigger Role in Strategic Port

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has asked India to invest in infrastructure projects worth $8 billion, including an expanded role in developing a strategic port that will open up access to Central Asia, the Iranian envoy in New Delhi said on Friday. (Reporting by Frank Jack Daniel and Nidhi Verma)

Iran's Rouhani Says U.S. Ties Do Not Have to be Hostile Forever

Hassan Rouhani is the 7th President of Iran, in office since 2013.

  Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said on Friday that his country's ties with the United States do not have to be hostile forever and that "one day this will change." "It is not written in stone that the relationship between Iran and the U.S. must be hostile forever. One day this will change," he said, adding that it was up to both governments to create the conditions. The United States cut off diplomatic ties with Tehran during a hostage crisis after the 1979

Putin Says Eyes Trade Boost with Iran

Vladimir Putin had talks with President of Iran Hassan Rouhani in Tehran. (Photo: President of Russia)

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday he wants to boost trade ties with Iran after meeting with leaders of the Islamic Republic in Tehran.   Putin, speaking at joint briefing with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, also said there are plans to create a free trade zone between the Moscow-led economic union of former Soviet Union countries and Iran, as well as increased use of national currencies in trade with Tehran.

ADCB, GEM sign $100m deal

According to reports, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB ) has granted a loan of $100m to Gulf Energy Maritime (GEM) PJSC, a Product / Chemical tanker Company. The Loan agreements were signed yesterday at GEM Offices between Yusr Sultan, CEO of GEM and Shafqat Ali Rana, Head of ADCB's Dubai Corporate Div. and P.P.Saradhi, Vice-President of ADCB in the presence of Hassan Jarrar, Head of Commercial Banking, ADCB. GEM signed this loan with ADCB for their recently ordered vessels Gulf Castle and

Somalia's President and Eni's Paolo Scaroni Discuss Energy

Eni’s CEO, Paolo Scaroni and The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Sheikh Hassan Mohamud.

The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Sheikh Hassan Mohamud, met with Eni’s CEO, Paolo Scaroni.   During the meeting, which took place in an atmosphere of cordiality, Paolo Scaroni expressed Eni’s interest in evaluating the exploration potential of hydrocarbons present in Somalia. Mr Scaroni highlighted the Company’s leadership and experience historically gained in the African continent where Eni is expanding its presence and achieving excellent exploration

Libyan Navy Visits British Training Base

Commodore Hassan Ali Bushnak (Center) Photo credit: UK MOD

A Libyan Navy delegation visits HMS Raleigh and Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) for an insight into Royal Navy recruit training methods The delegation led by Commodore Hassan Ali Bushnak, Chief of Staff of the Libyan Naval Force, forms part of a wider visit by the Libyan delegation to the Royal Navy in the UK to build relations, offer opportunities, and to help understand the enormous challenges Libya faces in creating a modern naval force.

Roundtable Discusses Nigeria’s Maritime Future

The Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC) together with the Ship Owners Association of Nigeria (SOAN) have co-hosted an event on “The Future of the Maritime Industry in Nigeria” at Marlborough House in London on September 28.  

New LNG Carrier Delivered to MISC Berhad

(Photo: MISC Berhad)

MISC Berhad (MISC) held the naming and delivery ceremony of its new LNG carrier, Seri Camellia. The 150,200 cu. m. Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) carrier is the first in a series of five MOSS-Type LNG carriers ordered from Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (HHI) by MISC

Iranian Port Deal: Modi's Masterstroke

Photo: Presidential Office of Iran

 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi signed a deal to develop the Chabahar port in Iran for which India will extend $500 million. The historic pact makes Chabahar the first foreign port which India is involved in developing to such a large extent.    

India to Boost Iran Port Project, Links to Afghanistan

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday pledged up to $500 million to develop the southern Iran port of Chabahar, in a move to give his country trade access to Iran, Afghanistan and central Asia.   The route is currently all-but blocked by Pakistan, long at odds politically with India

Somali Militants Seize Puntland Area Port

Somali al Shabaab fighters have seized a small port in the semi-autonomous Puntland region, the latest sign of a resurgence in activity by the Islamist militants in the Horn of Africa nation. A series of offensives last year by the African Union force AMISOM and the Somali National Army had

China's Shipping Route to Iran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photo: Xinhua

 Two state-run Chinese firms - China National Transportation Equipment & Engineering Co Ltd (CTC) and Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co (DSI) -  are pushing for multi-billion dollar Intermodal transport deals with Iran, says a report in Reuters.  

Egypt Migrant Departures Stir New Concern in Europe

Migrants being rescued photo by USCG

The European Union fears Mediterranean migrant smuggling gangs are reviving a route from Egypt, officials told Reuters, putting thousands of people to sea in recents months as they face problems in Libya and Turkey. "It's an increasing issue

GDI, Dolphin Energy Sign Offshore Drilling Rig Services Contract

Mubarak A Al Hajri (left), Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of GDI, and Hassan Al Emadi, General Manager, Dolphin Energy – Qatar, signing the contract. Photo: Gulf Drilling International Ltd.

 Qatar’s Gulf International Services (GIS), the leading service group, has announced that its subsidiary Gulf Drilling International (GDI) has signed a contract with Dolphin Energy for drilling rig services.   The contract was signed by Mubarak A al-Hajri

CMA CGM Steps Up Iran Presence

File Image: the CMA CGM Ben Franklin

France's CMA CGM, the world's third-largest container shipping group, will expand its presence in Iran after signing a landmark deal on Thursday with the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL). Many Western businesses are seeking to invest in Iran, a nation of 80 million people

Fincantieri Inks Shipbuilding Deals with Iran

Shipbuilding group Fincantieri said it has signed a number of framework agreements with some primary Iranian companies.   The preliminary understandings were reached in the presence of the Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and the President of Iran Hassan Rouhani on an official visit in Italy and

Iran Releases US Sailors after Brief Detention

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Torrey W. Lee/Released

Iran released 10 U.S. sailors on Wednesday after holding them overnight, bringing a swift end to an incident that had rattled nerves days ahead of the expected implementation of a landmark nuclear accord between Tehran and world powers.  

Somali Pirates Hijack Iranian Fishing Vessel

Somali pirates have hijacked an Iranian fishing vessel with 15 crew members, a Somali official and a maritime expert said on Monday amid warnings that piracy might be making a comeback in the Indian Ocean.   Although there are still occasional cases of sea attacks

Stakeholders Broaden Maritime Security Scope

Image: IMO

An international agreement that has been instrumental in repressing piracy and armed robbery against ships in the western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden is set to significantly broaden its scope.   Signatories to the Djibouti Code of Conduct have agreed to work toward extending its remit

ASRY Active in Bahrain Coast Guard Newbuilds

(Image: ASRY)

ASRY holds keel-laying ceremony as it starts landing craft construction.   ASRY marked the commencement of erection of a new Landing Craft being constructed for the Bahrain Coast Guard (BCG) with a keel-laying ceremony. The event was attended by the yard’s Chairman Shaikh Daij Bin

Icon Terminates Shipbuilding Contract

Image:  ICON Offshore Berhad

 Icon Offshore Bhd and its partner FOB Swath Malaysia A/S have agreed to terminate their shipbuilding contract with Denmark-based Danish Yachts AS.    Icon-FOB Holdings (L) Inc in which Icon Offshore holds a 51% stake while FOB Swath Malaysia owns 49%

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