Scotland News

20 Sep 2019

BIO-UV Acquires Triogen Holdings

BIO-UV Group, the manufacturer of the BIO-SEA ballast water treatment system, has acquired a 100% stake in Scotland-based Triogen Holdings and its subsidiary Suez Purification and Disinfection Systems from Suez Water Technologies & Solutions.Triogen supplies water treatment solutions based on ozone, ultraviolet (UV) and advanced oxidation process (AOP) technologies for the leisure industry, aquarium and aquaculture industries.BIO-UV Group, meanwhile, designs, manufactures and markets innovative ultraviolet-based water treatment solutions across several industrial sectors, including the ballast water treatment market.The acquisition, completed on September 18…

20 Sep 2019

HMS Prince of Wales Goes for Maiden Voyage

Prince of Wales sections leaving Cammell Laird in Birkenhead. Photo: Cammell Laird

Britain's newest aircraft carrier has sailed out of Rosyth dockyard for the first time. The GBP3bln, 65000 ton HMS Prince of Wales will sit at anchor in the River Forth for around 2-7 days following departure from the dockyard to complete Initial Sea Safety Training.The vessel is the sister ship of HMS Queen Elizabeth."Cammell Laird is proud to have played a key role in the construction of this magnificent vessel – one of the most powerful surface warships ever constructed in the UK…

12 Sep 2019

Maritime Contributes $56.8B To UK Economy

The UK maritime sector makes a major contribution to the country’s economy. (Photo© Adobe Stock / harlequin9)

A new report commissioned by Maritime UK and the UK’s Center for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) has recognized the contribution of the UK maritime sector to the country’s economy. The report notes that the sector facilitates 95 percent of all UK trade and that it is larger than both the automotive and aerospace transportation sectors, contributing a total of £46.1 billion ($56.8 billion) to the UK’s GVA in 2017, an £8.3 billion increase over 2010. The sector’s direct GVA contribution in 2017 was £17 billion ($21 billion), a 25 percent increase on 2010 (£13.6 billion or $16.8 billion).

09 Sep 2019

UK Risks Losing Edge in Maritime Services

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Britain's position as a top hub for maritime services is being eroded by competition, a loss of shipping finance business and the removal of tycoon-friendly tax breaks, a report said, deepening uncertainty for its financial sector as Brexit nears.The UK has been a pivotal global shipping centre for centuries, especially the City of London, and has dominated marine insurance, ship broking, shipping finance and other maritime services.These contribute $5.6 billion a year to Britain’s economy…

03 Sep 2019

Scotland Funds World's Most Powerful Tidal Turbine

Image: Orbital Marine Power

The Scottish Government announced that it has awarded engineering company Orbital Marine Power GBP3.4mln (USD 4.1million) in funding for its floating tidal turbine, which is the world’s most powerful.The Scottish engineering company is the first recipient of the Scottish Government’s GBP10 million Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge Fund.The funding will be used to deliver the next generation O2 2MW Floating Tidal Energy Turbine, capable of powering more than 1,700 homes per year.Scotland’s…

27 Aug 2019

Scotland to Power Ferries with Hydrogen

Image by Wood Plc

Ferries serving the Western Isles and West Coast of Scotland could soon be powered by hydrogen generated from onshore island wind power, according to a newly published feasibility study.The Scottish Western Isles Ferry Transport Using Hydrogen (SWIFTH2) project, which was led by the Point and Sandwick Trust in collaboration with seven industry partners including Wood, was part-funded by the Scottish Government’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme.The project team also included Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy…

20 Aug 2019

Scottish Govt Takes Over Ferguson Shipyard

Image: Ferguson Marine Shipyard

Ferguson Marine Shipyard in Port Glasgow, Scotland, is now set to enter public ownership.The Scottish Government has announced that it has reached an agreement with administrators to take the Ferguson Marine shipyard in Port Glasgow into public control.According to government sources, the agreement means two ferries currently under construction at the yard for Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) will be completed.A program board has been set up by Scotland's economy secretary…

15 Aug 2019

Briggs Marine Gets SSE Hydro Contract

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UK-based marine services company Briggs Marine Contractors (BMC) has been awarded a framework agreement for the underwater inspection and maintenance of SSE Hydro and thermal power generation sites.Under the contract, the company will provide services throughout Scotland and the United Kingdom for three years.The Briggs Marine Dive Team, who are approved for in-water inspection by ABS, Lloyds Register, and DNV-GL, has extensive experience working in remote and challenging locations…

15 Aug 2019

First Steel Cut for HMS Cardiff

Photo: BAE Systems

The first steel to be used in Britain's HMS Cardiff, an anti-submarine frigate, was ceremonially cut at BAE Systems' shipyard at Govan, Scotland."We have cut steel for the second Type 26 Global Combat Ship, HMS CARDIFF, marking an important milestone in the program to deliver the most advanced Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) capability to the Royal Navy," said a press release from the British multinational defence company.BAE Systems employees and representatives from the Royal Navy…

06 Aug 2019

Boost for Scrabster Harbor Project

 Image by Highlands and Islands Enterprise

The second phase in a major upgrade of Scrabster Harbor in Caithness, the North of Scotland, has secured up to GBP3 million investment from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).The funding will enable the redevelopment of the existing St. Ola pier to create further deep-water infrastructure and meet anticipated demand from cruise ships and offshore energy supply vessels. It will place the port in an ideal position to service activity in the West of Shetland basin.A new piled quay wall and pier deck will be installed to expand the existing pier.

02 Aug 2019

Damen Multi-Mission 1608 for Aquaculture

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On 26th July, Damen Shipyards Group and Coastal Workboats Scotland unveiled a new vessel for the aquaculture industry in Oban, Scotland. The unveiling of the new Damen Landing Utility Vessel 1608 took place at the same time as the handover of the first in series, to client Loch Duart.The LUV 1608 is built by Coastal Workboats Scotland to a Damen design that was engineered by Damen design bureau OSD/IMT. The vessel will be able to carry out a wide range of support tasks to the aquaculture industry, including the transportation of people, equipment and feed to offshore fish-farming locations.

19 Jul 2019

JGC Containers Ready for Moray East OWF

Image: Siemens

UK engineering company JGC Engineering and Technical Serviceshas, on behalf of Siemens, completed the construction of high voltage equipment containers for the Moray East offshore substation platforms."The Moray East offshore windfarm project completed its first fabrication milestone as the Thurso SME engineering firm finalised work on the containers which will be fitted in the three offshore substation platforms," said a press release from Siemens.JGC fabricated eight of 12 containers…

17 Jul 2019

Decommissioning in Shetland Expands

Image: Veolia

Two installations from Spirit Energy’s ST-1 in the North Sea have arrived at the Dales Voe decommissioning facility in Shetland, Scotland, with works set to be carried out by partners Veolia and Peterson.The 45-metre high 1,300 tonne steel jacket and 1,200 tonne topsides structure arrived into Dales Voe in Lerwick.The structures will be dismantled and disposed of by partners Veolia and Peterson. Now at the end of their working life recovering these platforms is important to maximize the value of the materials and assets they contain…

12 Jul 2019

Scottish Offshore Wind Supply Chain Readies

Scott Hamilton. Photo: Xodus

International energy consultancy Xodus Group is working with Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development International (SDI) to showcase the expertise of Scottish supply chain companies in the global offshore wind sector.The aim of the collaboration is to create a directory and gap analysis which helps Scotland-based suppliers capture a greater share of the burgeoning offshore wind market — forecast to be worth an estimated GBP 30 billion per annum by 2030 — by advertising their experience and capabilities on the new Scottish Industries Directories platform.Due to launch later in 2019…

28 Jun 2019

Cruise: Saga Newbuild Arrives at Home Port

Photo credit: Chris Ison

Kent-based Saga sails into its future, as the first of two new boutique cruise ships, Spirit of Discovery, arrived at her home port of Dover for the first time. Sailing past the iconic White Cliffs and into Dover’s recently developed Western Docks, Spirit of Discovery’s British arrival marks the start of a new chapter for cruising in the UK. With HRH The Duchess of Cornwall as her ‘Godmother’, Spirit of Discovery’s Naming Ceremony on the 5th July will mark the start of a significant new era for the Saga Cruise division…

21 Jun 2019

Danska Commodities Inks PPA with Hywind Scotland

The Hywind Scotland floating wind farm. (Photo: Øyvind Gravås / Woldcam - Statoil ASA)

Danish energy trading company Danske Commodities signed a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the world’s first floating wind farm, Hywind Scotland.Hywind Scotland, the world's first commercial-scale floating wind farm, was officially opened in October 2017. Norwegian oil and gas group Equinor owns 75%, while its partner the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, better known as Masdar, holds 25%. As the sole offtaker, Danske Commodities will take over balancing and trading of Hywind Scotland’s total volume of 30 MW.

23 May 2019

EnFAIT Tidal Project Claims Success

Image: Enabling Future Arrays in Tidal (EnFAIT)

Enabling Future Arrays in Tidal (EnFAIT), the flagship EU tidal energy project, has reduced the cost of tidal energy by 15 per cent and grown its supply chain from four to 14 EU countries, just 18 months after its launch.EnFAIT is an academic-industry collaboration between nine European partners focused on demonstrating the economic viability of tidal power. The project is also paving the way for a new industrial marine manufacturing sector with a supply chain based across Europe.Consortium lead…

05 Jun 2019

Heavy Lift Jack-up Apollo Refit Completed

(Photo: Damen)

DEME Offshore’s newest heavy-lift jack-up Apollo has recently completed a one-month conversion project at Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque (DSDu) that included the installation of a moon pool on the main deck.According to DSDu, the technical demands combined with the limited time available required highly precise planning together with working around the clock in order to complete on time.The moonpool installation involved creating an opening right through the center of the vessel, from the main deck down through the engine stores and finally through the hull.

19 May 2019

Hunterston Port Reveals Masterplan

Pic: Peel Ports

UK port operator Peel Ports has revealed its plans for the major port and industrial centre at Hunterston, one of Scotland’s most important development sites comprising a 300-acre brownfield footprint, deepwater, and rail connections.It is calling on North Ayrshire residents and businesses to share their opinions about potential uses of the site, which is expected to support over 1,700 jobs and add over £140m in economic value to Scotland.The company has published its vision for Hunterston and how it intends to develop the site over the next twenty years.

22 May 2019

Tyne Port Attracts Offshore Wind Players

Image: Port of Tyne

The Port of Tyne, which comprises the commercial docks in and around the River Tyne in Tyne and Wear in the northeast of England, is increasing their offer to potential offshore wind manufacturers.Offshore wind could provide 30% of Britain's electricity generation by 2030, and the Port of Tyne is perfectly placed to support this growing renewable sector.Announcing that the ‘Tyne is right’ to utilise its location, within 100 nautical miles of Dogger Bank, Hornsea, Seagreen and Sofia…

14 Jun 2019

Greenpeace Activists Removed from Rig

Image: Greenpeace UK

Two Greenpeace activists who were occupying an oil rig have been removed from the structure and arrested.Officers boarded the Transocean rig in the Cromarty Firth, which was contracted by BP for drilling operations in the UK North Sea, at around 2pm on Thursday and arrested two environmental campaigner men, aged 40 and 50, ending a five-day protest.The action is part of the group’s efforts to stop BP’s drilling plans offshore Scotland. The rig had been due to leave from near Invergordon, heading for the Vorlich oil field east of Aberdeen.

17 Jun 2019

BP Rig Zigzags in Chase with Greenpeace Ship

Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise follows the BP chartered Transocean drilling rig Paul B Loyd Jr en route to the Vorlich field in the North Sea. The environmental activism group is calling for BP to halt drilling for new oil. (© Greenpeace / Jiri Rezac)

A BP drilling rig heading to an oilfield in the British North Sea has been forced to turn away twice over the past two days as a Greenpeace vessel protesting climate change tries to hamper its progress.The high-sea chase is the latest step in Greenpeace's nine-day effort to stop the 40,000 tonne Paul Loyd JNR rig from reaching the Vorlich oilfield to start its drilling campaign.The vessel left Cromarty Firth, north of Inverness, Scotland on Friday after police twice removed activists…

10 Jun 2019

Global Energy Group Wins Nigg Gig

Image: Global Energy (Group) Limited.

Global Energy Group (GEG) has won an offshore wind contract worth up to GBP12 million.GEG's Port of Nigg facility, on the Cromarty Firth in the Highlands, will handle the jacket foundation structures for the Moray East offshore wind farm."Global’s Port of Nigg has been earmarked to provide the services of the Port for receipt of completed jacket structures, that will be installed in the Moray Firth as foundations for the wind turbines. This will be the third success for the Cromarty Firth…

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