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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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


Boskalis Wins Veja Mate OWF Foundations Deal

Veja Mate offshore wind farm

  Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) in partnership with VolkerWessels (Volker Stevin International) has been awarded a contract by Veja Mate Offshore Project GmbH for the design, procurement, fabrication, supply, transportation


Monopiles Terminal to Be Built in Rotterdam

Artist’s impression of Sif-Verbrugge Terminal MV2 (Image: Port of Rotterdam Authority)

Sif and Verbrugge to build terminal for offshore wind energy on Maasvlakte 2   Sif Group, Verbrugge International and the Port of Rotterdam Authority have signed an agreement in principle for the construction of a production and storage/handling terminal in Rotterdam


Protea to Launch Heavy-Lift Cranes at Nor-Shipping

Photos courtesy of Protea

Protea, a global manufacturer of offshore handling equipment, will launch two types of heavy lift cranes at Nor-Shipping 2015 in Oslo, June 2-5. Tomasz Paszkiewicz, Protea’s CEO, said, “The target of any marine crane design is to provide high lifting performance whilst minimizing


Harnessing Offshore Wind Peaks in U.S.

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  For the US energy industry, 2014 will be remembered as the year when crude oil prices fell below 50$/bbl, resulting in significant realignments in the sector. Aside from the oil price collapse and the historic high of domestic natural gas production


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


‘TWIN X-STERN’ – A Stern at Each End

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  Is a bow really a necessity for large ships? When the vessel’s main function is walk-to-work (W2W) services in the offshore renewable sector, a heightened sterncan operateeither way,thus facilitating on-siteDP positioning.This is the idea behind the TWIN X-STERN concept vessel from


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


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


CTruk Delivers First Colchester-built Workboat

CWind Artimus, the latest 22m catamaran WFSV from CTruk (Photo: CTruk)

CTruk Boats formally handed over the first new craft built at its River Colne production facility in Colchester when the latest MPC22 offshore wind farm service vessel (WFSV) was officially named by owner CWind at the Seawork show in Southampton.  


Fukushima Floating Offshore Wind Project Progressing

Photo: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

An experimental offshore floating wind farm project sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has been underway since March 2012. Participating in the project is a consortium comprised of Marubeni (project integrator), the University of Tokyo (technical advisor), Mitsubishi


CWind Wins Crew Transfer Vessel Contract

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CWind has announced that it has won a six months contract to provide crew transfer services to Greater Gabbard Offshore wind farm.   Its 19m catamaran, one of more than 20 crew transfer vessels in the fleet operated by CWind, will assist with O&M activities at the project






 
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