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Vestas Develops Replacement for Damaged Offshore Wind Turbines

Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems AS is developing a new offshore wind turbine model following recent gear box problems at several of its currently operating turbines, Swedish magazine Ny Teknik said. At the same time, Vestas and Swedish subcontractor SKF AB are trying to determine the causes of the damage to gear boxes, which recently induced the Danish group to stop sales of the V90 3 MW windmill for offshore installations. [Source: Thomson Financial]


Floating Offshore Wind Turbines: DNV KEMA Set Standards

Johan Sandberg: Photo credit DNV KEMA

As demand for wind energy increases, offshore deployments are continuing to move into deeper waters. DNV KEMA has released its new standard for floating offshore wind turbine structures that will help ensure safety and reliability in floating wind turbines, and give the nascent floating-turbine sector the confidence to continue its development to commercial maturity. “A prerequisite for the industry to continue to grow and develop effectively is development of design


NAVFAC Begins Installation Process of Wind Turbine

By Lee H. Saunders, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest Public Affairs Installation of the Marine Corps' first large scale wind turbine at Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) Barstow began Jan. 8, with a kick-off meeting between Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest, MCLB, and Southern California Edison (SCE). The meeting starts the official implementation of the first of its kind contract awarded to the Marine Corps in November 2007.


Keppel Looking to Build Specialized Craft

According to an August 20 report from www.todayonline.com, Keppel Corp is looking into building specialized ships like vessels to install wind turbines as well as ice breakers. The firm has teamed up with fleet owner and operator Seafox in a joint venture to adapt Keppel's current multi-purpose self-elevating platform model into a $220m wind turbine installation vessel. Keppel said the vessel can operate in waters which are 45% deeper, compared to existing vessels.


Wind Turbine Simulation Solution by MSC Software

U.S. based MSC Software announces the 2012 version of its Advanced Wind Turbine Modeling (AdWiMo) solution. AdWiMo allows rapid modeling and accurate system simulation of wind turbines. As a plug-in to Adams, the multibody dynamics analysis software from MSC, the new version of AdWiMo fully supports the new Adams 2012 interface and better addresses areas of the certification process for wind turbines. Design validation and certification of wind turbines is mandatory in almost all countries


ABS Enters Indian Wind Market

A technician sets up the acoustic measuring equipment at the wind turbine site (Photo: ABS)

ABS Consulting completed its first noise emission test in India for SRC Green Power’s wind turbine in Tirunelveli, India, just southwest of the state capital, Chennai. The noise assessment of the 250 kW wind turbine generator (WTG) was conducted by the company’s IEC 61400-11 accredited subcontractor, WIND-Consult. The test took three days to complete and provided feedback on Noise Emission decibel levels at wind speeds ranging from 6 m/sec to 10 m/sec


Port Receives First International Ship of The Season

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PORTAGE, Ind. (March 29, 2010) - The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor celebrated the opening of its 41st international shipping season with the arrival of the “M/V Avonborg.” Port and local officials boarded the vessel for a brief ceremony, presenting the ship’s captain, Capt. Gert J.K. Mol, with gifts including an Indiana state flag and a vintage Port of Indiana South Shore poster. The first ship signifies the start of the shipping season


Kongsberg Participates in Wind Project

Kongsberg Maritime is the owner of the ‘Windsense’ project, which aims to develop a new and flexible instrumentation system for wind turbines.   The system will help to make wind power more economically competitive. The project, which amounts to 22 million NOK, has been initiated through collaboration within the instrumentation cluster NCEI (Norwegian Centres of Expertise Instrumentation). Windsense will develop a system that will make wind turbines more effective by


Offshore Wind Rules Set New Standard

Lloyd’s Register releases new Rules, Class Notation and Guidance Notes for ‘Wind Turbine Installation and Maintenance Vessels and Liftboats’ to reflect industry best practice and new novel designs. The new Rules form part of the wider Mobile Offshore Unit Rule set 2013 launched by Lloyd’s Register in June, and is for vessels engaged in installation and/or maintenance activities relating to offshore wind turbines


Westermeerwind Wind Farm Construction Begins

Mammoet announced today that Westermeerwind BV has reached financial close on July 25 for the turnkey construction of the Westermeerwind wind farm in Ijsselmeer, meaning work can now start on building the 48 wind turbines. The Westermeerwind wind farm consists of 48 wind turbines with a capacity of 3 MW to be installed in the water between 500-1,100 meters from the dikes of the Noordoostpolder. The client for the wind farm is Westermeerwind BV


Ampelmann Gangway for New Wind Farm Support Vessel

Acta Orion (Image courtesy of Ampelmann)

Ampelmann, developer of motion compensated access solutions, has reported a contract with Acta Marine for its newbuild wind farm support vessel, the Acta Orion.   Ampelmann’s motion compensated gangway will provide Acta Orion with a stable platform in sea states of up to 2


Block Island Wind Crew Transfer Contract Awarded

Photo courtesy of Seacat Services

Agreement enables high-speed catamaran ferry company Rhode Island Fast Ferry to commission first US-built crew transfer vessel, to be built by Blount Boats, and launch Atlantic Wind Transfers, its commercial wind support services division.  


US Builder Secures Wind Farm Supply Vessel Order

Photo: Blount Boats

Rhode Island based shipbuilder Blount Boats signed a contract with Rhode Island Fast Ferry for the construction of a crew transfer vessel (CTV) that will operate for Deepwater Wind Block Island, the shipbuilder announced today.   The 21-meter aluminum vessel was designed by South Boats IOW


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


BOEM Receives Lease Requests for HI Floating Wind Projects

 A map of the proposed northwest project area (Image courtesy of BOEM)

  The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has announced that it has received two unsolicited lease requests for proposed floating wind projects offshore Oahu, Hawaii.   The requests are now available on the BOEM website.  


BOEM Issues Offshore Wind Energy Research Lease

 BOEM issues first wind energy research lease in Federal offshore waters   The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has executed a wind energy research lease with the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME), BOEM announced today.


SAL Heavy Lift Performs Offshore Windfarm Work

Overboarding the test beam (Photo: SAL Heavy Lift)

MV Lone proves as project platform for Wikinger wind farm   SAL Heavy Lift informs it has completed the second phase of the Wikinger Pile Testing Campaign with DP II Class vessel MV Lone. Once again, MV Lone served as project platform for SAL Heavy Lift customer Bilfinger.  


Coast Guard Academy Cadet to Receive Fulbright Scholarship

Stephen Horvath (USCG photo)

Stephen Horvath, a first class cadet at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, was recently granted a two-year Fulbright Scholarship to study renewable energy technologies in Finland during the 2015-2016 academic year and the 2016-2017 academic year.  


Container Ship breaks Down off Essex Coast

ANL Warringa: CMA CGM

 Lifeboats from Walton and Frinton, and the Harwich have been called out to a container ship ANL Warringa off the coast of Essex which had been reported to be drifting in a major shipping lane.   It was reported to be drifting in the North Sea, 20 miles (32 miles) off the Essex coast


Shipbuilding First: Strategic Delivers StratCat to Njord Offshore

This StratCat features the world’s first IPS 900 quad installation

Strategic Marine delivered a world’s first to European windfarm service sector operator, Njord Offshore.  This vessel builds on the success of the first eight 21m vessels built for Njord by Strategic Marine.  The StratCat, a multi-purpose service vessel capable of transporting up


Aeolus Installs First Luchterduinen Turbine

Aeolus

  The construction of the new offshore wind farm Luchterduinen entered its final and most noticeable phase yesterday, with the installation of the first wind turbine by Van Oord’s new transport and installation vessel, the Aeolus


Double Order for Super Gloria Reachstacker

Kalmar Super Gloria reachstacker

  Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has gained an order for two Super Gloria reachstackers from Tadarsa Logistics S.L. in Aviles, Spain. The largest reachstackers ever built, the Kalmar Gloria DRG1300-92ZX will have the capability of lifting 130 tonnes and will be utilised specifically to lift heavy


Intelligent Fender System Completes Offshore Trial

Photo: Strainstall

Strainstall, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, announced the completion of the world’s first Intelligent Fender System (IFS) trial with energy companies SSE and RWE at Suffolk-based wind farm, Greater Gabbard.   The IFS is an in-house developed technology which aims to provide


Intertek Provides Oil Condition Monitoring for Britannia

Britannia (Photo courtesy of Intertek)

Intertek’s Farnborough laboratory is supporting P&O Cruises’ new flagship Britannia by providing independent oil condition monitoring (OCM) services which monitor the condition of Britannia’s engines and other oil lubricated systems.  


Jan De Nul Orders SRI Duo

Subsea Rock Installation vessel. Photo provided by Jan De Nul Group

 Belgium-based dredging and marine construction giant Jan De Nul Group has ordered two 6,000 ton Subsea Rock Installation vessels at AVIC Weihai shipyard in Weihai, China.   The vessels will be able to install rock at depths up to about 600 m by means of a flexible fall pipe






 
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