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World's Largest Wind Farm Installation Vessel Delivered

Pacific Orca: Photo credit Samsung Heavy Industries

Samsung Heavy Industries delivers 'Pacific Orca' to owners Swire Pacific Offshore Samsung Heavy Industries won an order to build Pacific Orca in July 2010. Pacific Orca is 161m long, 49m wide and 10.4m high, and as the world’s largest wind farm installation vessel, it is capable of transporting and installing 12 units of 3.6MW. It also allows installation of wind farms to a depth of 60m, which is the deepest in the world, as well as the installation of ultra-large wind farms with a capacity of 10MW or higher, which are being developed in the industry to meet the demand for larger wind farms. Existing wind farm installation vessels are fixed at the sea bottom with jack-up lags embedded in the vessels, and the installation work is performed after vessels are floated to minimize the impacts of tides and waves. The vessel built by Samsung Heavy Industries is floated up to 17m above sea level, using six legs, and the 1,200t crane embedded on the vessel allows the installation of power generation towers, power generation rooms and wings. In particular, the vessel allows the installation of wind farms under extreme conditions with the velocity of 20m per second and waves that are 2.5m high. The wind farm installation vessel is a new special vessel for which demand is expected to grow as the focus of the wind power generation market shifts from in-land wind farms to offshore wind farms.


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


Offshore Wind Farm Contract for Van Oord

Eneco name Van Oord preferred supplier for construction of Dutch offshore wind farm, Luchterduinen (formerly known as Q10) The wind farm will be built 23 km off the coast of Zandvoort, The Netherlands. The contract, which amounts to some EUR 250 million, is expected to be signed in the autumn of this year. The wind farm will consist of 43 Vestas V112 wind turbines. With 129 Mw power it will provide green energy to 135.000 households in 2015.


Keppel German Offshore Wind Newbuild

Photo courtesy Keppel Corporation

Keppel Verolme BV (Keppel Verolme) and consortium partner AREVA Energietechnik GmbH, a German subsidiary of French energy company AREVA, have secured an $82.5m contract from Wetfeet Offshore Windenergy GmbH (Wetfeet Offshore) to build a Mobile Offshore Application Barge (MOAB) for a new offshore wind farm in the German Exclusive Economic Zone in the North Sea. This self-erecting floating platform will be deployed at the Global Tech I Wind Farm that is being built and operated by Wetfeet


Master Fined After Wind Farm Collision

The master of a wind farm support vessel has today been made to pay £3,000 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to breaches of maritime collision regulations. Geoffrey Whinfrey was in charge of the Island Panther when it collided with a wind turbine in the Sheringham Shoal wind farm on November 21, 2012. Whinfrey had been requested by the wind farm operator - Scira Offshore Energy Ltd - that the Island Panther take off duty employees ashore due to the worsening weather


Incat Crowther Launches 18m Catamarans

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Incat Crowther  has announced the launch of ASP Tyne and ASP Thames, two 18m Catamaran Wind Farm Service Craft. ASP Tyne and ASP Thames were constructed by Topaz Marine at their Abu Dhabi yard in the UAE, and will be delivered to ASP Holdings in the UK.   ASP Tyne and ASP Thames are the latest in a lineage of successful wind farm service craft from Incat Crowther, offering excellent efficiency and seakeeping, combined with practical and rugged operation


EON to Cut Cost of Offshore Wind Farms 40 Percent

EON AG, Germany’s largest utility, expects to cut costs for building offshore wind farms about 40 percent by 2015, as it embarks on a $9 billion renewable energy expansion plan. “Renewables are a mainstay of our corporate strategy, and wind power in particular is one of our growth businesses,” said Chief Executive Officer Johannes Teyssen at company headquarters in Dusseldorf. EON seeks to build wind farms off the U.K


Veka Deliver Hi-Speed WFSV Catamaran

Hi-speed OWFV: Image courtesy of VEKA

The first high speed VEKA Catamaran for the Offshore Wind Farm industry has been delivered to Royal Wagenborg. The new catamaran will supply remote wind farms in the North Sea with crew, equipment and supplies. Later this week VEKA say they will launch a second catamaran for its shakedown cruise, and it will not be long before this one will also be heading out for the same kind of work. Last year, VEKA engaged in a collaboration with BMT Nigel Gee


ABB Commissions North Sea Wind Energy Link

Thornton Bank wind farm: Photo credit ABB

ABB commissions Thornton Bank wind farm connection in the North Sea which will see 325 megawatts of clean wind energy integrated into the Belgian grid. The project was completed ahead of schedule. The Thornton Bank wind farm was inaugurated by the Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo, adding more than 1,000 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of electricity generation capacity per year to the Belgian grid. This is the equivalent to the annual power consumption of about 300,000 households in Belgium


CWind to Expand Presence in Operations & Maintenance Phase

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CWind, a provider of services to the offshore wind industry, is expanding its services in the operations and maintenance phase of offshore wind farms.   The company, which has supported the construction of close to 20 offshore wind farms over the last four years, has announced the appointment of Tim Smith as Sales Manager. Mr Smith joins CWind from Fendercare Marine, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, where he held the position of Business Development Manager for the past four years


Boskalis, VolkerWessels Win Offshore Wind Farm Work

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V., in partnership with Volker Stevin International (VolkerWessels), has been awarded a contract by Iberdrola Renewables Offshore Deutschland GmbH for the partial construction of the Wikinger Offshore Wind Farm in the German section of the Baltic Sea


Nordic Yards Delivers 'Wind Server'

Wind Turbine Service Jack Up Vessel

  Nordic Yards officially handed over the offshore service vessel to the Danish company DBB Jack-Up Services A/S. During the handover ceremony, the ship was named ‘WIND SERVER’. “We are proud that with this innovative offshore vessel for DBB Jack-Up we have today


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


Kenyan Wind Project Wins Financing

Kenya's delayed Lake Turkana Wind Power project is expected to start generating power by 2017 after the African Development Bank backed financing to build a transmission line to connect it to the national grid, the project's director said.


Van Oord to Acquire Activities of Ballast Nedam Offshore

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Van Oord has reached agreement on the acquisition of the activities of Ballast Nedam Offshore. The acquisition consists of the assets of Ballast Nedam Offshore, the dedicated EPCI staff (Engineering, Procurement, Contracting and Installation)


Pile Testing for Wikinger Wind Farm Launched

Template recovery following successful piling

In October 2014 the first phase of the pile testing campaign for the Wikinger offshore wind farm project was launched after the site’s geotechnical investigation on the Baltic Sea had been completed.     German engineering and services group Bilfinger was awarded the test pile


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

Photo courtesy of Seacat Services

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


Fukushima Offshore Floating Wind Farm Update

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A consortium has been participating in an experimental offshore floating wind farm project sponsored by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry since March 2012.   Preparatory works for the installation of the 7MW oil pressure drive-type wind turbine on the three-column semi-sub


Experimental Floating Wind Farm Nears Installation

Towing the three-column semi-sub at Nagasaki port

Launched in March 2012, the Fukushima experimental offshore floating wind farm project sponsored by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is nearing the installation phase as preparatory works for the installation of the 7MW oil pressure drive-type wind turbine on the three-column semi-sub


SMC to Provide Marine Coordination for Siemens

Photo courtesy of Siemens

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


Tuco Debuts New Wind Farm Service Boat

Image courtesy of Tuco Marine

Less than a week before the Offshore Energy 2014 Exhibition and Conference in Amsterdam the coming week, Tuco Marine disclosed the newest vessel in the ProZero series of Fast Rescue Boats, Daughter Crafts and Workboats; The New ProZero 11m Wind Farm Service Boat.


Autonomous Technology for Offshore Wind Farm

ASV Ltds C-Worker

  ASV Ltd in association with Planet Ocean Ltd, have received funding from the GROW:OffshoreWind initiative to investigate how the use of Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASVs) could reduce the costs of offshore wind farm support. The project will look at using ASVs to reduce the cost of


A2SEA Signs for Dudgeon

A2SEA is said to have installed more than half of the Northern Europes offshore wind farms.

  Dudgeon Offshore Wind Limited has awarded the Charter for WTG transport and installation to A2SEA A/S. A2SEA shall provide the jack-up vessel Sea Installer including 24/7 marine crew and crane operators for transport and installation of the 67 Siemens 6






 
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