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14 June 2019 Contracts & Tenders

The Carbon Trust has launched tenders seeking pre and post-construction energy yield analysis and floating component exchange studies as part of its Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) program. The first tender seeks companies and consortia to undertake a study to understand the different approaches in comparing pre-construction energy yield assessments to post-construction analysis in offshore wind. The key objective […]

14 June 2019 Business & Finance

U.S. coastal states must compete, but also cooperate, to develop an offshore wind industry that benefits everyone, according to a new report by the Business Network for Offshore Wind. The Leadership 100 report writes that the priority areas include the development of an industry road map, recommendations on advancing grid and transmission projects, and launching of a […]

14 June 2019 R&D

The US National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium has announced the availability of funding for additional offshore wind R&D topics. The new funding is set aside for offshore wind plant technology advancement, which includes optimizing the performance of wind plants; reducing the costs of turbine support structures; developing innovative mooring and anchoring technologies for floating wind; and […]

13 June 2019 Business & Finance

Eight offshore wind majors have officially launched the Taiwan Offshore Wind Industry Association. The founding members include Ørsted, Northland Power, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), wpd offshore solutions, Macquarie Group, Swancor, Yushan Energy and the Japanese utility JERA. The association aims to bring together offshore wind companies in Taiwan to promote the long-term development of the industry, stable […]

12 June 2019 Authorities, Jobs & Recruitment, Training & Education

A bipartisan group of US Senators has introduced legislation to create a grant program for offshore wind educational and career training. The legislation, the Offshore Wind Jobs and Opportunity Act, would direct the Energy Department to work with stakeholders to identify the offshore wind industry’s educational and career training needs before setting up a grant program to […]

12 June 2019 Training & Education

President and Managing Director of Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind Chris Hart has testified in front of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources calling for workforce development for the local offshore wind industry. The hearing, Building a 21st Century American Offshore Wind Workforce, focused on the Offshore Wind Jobs and Opportunity Act, which […]

12 June 2019 Business & Finance

C-Ventus Offshore Windfarm Services BV has merged with 4SEAS BV to jointly service the offshore wind industry. The merger, concluded on 3 June, will see all 4SEAS personnel and activities, including ongoing projects and opportunity pipeline, handled by the new company which will trade under the C-Ventus name. “Since 4SEAS main focus appeared to be the […]

11 June 2019 R&D, Technology, Vessels

The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) has launched a competition to accelerate the development of technologies with the potential to reduce vessel emissions and fuel consumption. The OWA Low Emission Vessels competition will focus on innovations for crew transfer vessels (CTVs). Designs submitted to the competition will be assessed for overall cost, operations, and […]

11 June 2019 Vessels

The UK-based Chartwell Marine has won a contract to design a low-emission hybrid catamaran to be deployed in New England, the U.S. According to Chartwell, the vessel order comes as new industries such as offshore wind emerge in the U.S. and next-generation hybrid crafts are necessary for operators to begin to adapt to stringent emissions regulations. The 65ft […]

11 June 2019 Business & Finance

Danish wind turbine manufacturer MHI Vestas has opened its first US office in Boston, Massachusetts. The office will focus on project activity, sales, and market strategy as MHI Vestas gears up for the installation of its V164-9.5 MW turbines at the 800MW Vineyard Wind offshore wind farm. “Choosing Boston, and now opening the office, shows MHI Vestas’ […]

7 June 2019 Business & Finance

Xodus Group and Leidos have joined forces in an alliance dedicated to the offshore wind industry in North America. The partnership is expected to leverage Leidos' renewable capabilities with Xodus' experience in European offshore wind projects, Xodus said. “Our alliance with Leidos brings owners and lenders a truly consolidated service in the development of offshore […]

7 June 2019 Business & Finance

The German Buss Offshore Solutions and French logistics services provider IDEA Groupe have officially entered into a joint venture dedicated to the offshore wind market in France. The news follows the signing of a declaration of intent for establishing the Buss IDEA Offshore joint venture which took place in September last year. Buss IDEA Offshore will be […]

5 June 2019

The U.S. Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA) has formed the OMSA Wind Committee said to be dedicated to supporting the local offshore wind industry and the Jones Act. The OMSA Board of Directors unanimously adopted the resolution to create the committee and charged it with making recommendations on strategies and initiatives that increase U.S. maritime industry involvement in […]

4 June 2019 Contracts & Tenders

The Carbon Trust has launched two tenders for subsea cables as part of its Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) program. The first tender calls companies and consortia to carry out a study to evaluate the need for fault detection and monitoring on the inter-array system and how it would work with other systems and site processes to minimize […]

3 June 2019 Industry Contribution

Home of energy transition Offshore Energy Exhibition and Conference (OEEC) is where the energy transition takes place. It is Europe’s leading gathering of the entire offshore energy industry and your opportunity to network with highly qualified experts and professionals across global markets – 7, 8 and 9 October in Amsterdam. Offshore Energy is the place […]

3 June 2019 Authorities

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) is calling on electric distribution companies to proceed with an additional 1,600MW of offshore wind solicitations in the state. The call follows the results from an offshore wind study which investigated the necessity, benefits and costs of requiring the electric distribution companies to conduct additional solicitations of up to 1,6GW. The […]

29 May 2019 R&D

The global offshore wind power market size will grow by more than USD 17 billion during the period 2019-2023 at a nearly 18% compound annual growth rate (CAGR), according to a research report by Technavio. The forecasted growth of the global offshore wind market in the next five years is due to wind power registering […]

29 May 2019 Ports & Logistics

The Port of Esbjerg has purchased a Liebherr LHM 800 crane, the world's biggest mobile harbor crane, which will mainly be used for large offshore wind components. The need for the crane is due to components for offshore wind turbines getting bigger and bigger, however it will also be used for other industries, the Danish port […]

28 May 2019 Operations & Maintenance, R&D, Technology

A new GBP 4 million cross-sector project is set to develop the world’s first fully autonomous robotic inspection and repair solution for offshore wind farms. The Innovate UK-funded MIMRee (Multi-Platform Inspection, Maintenance and Repair in Extreme Environments) is a two-year project bringing in expertise from the fields of robotics, non-destructive testing, artificial intelligence, space mission […]

24 May 2019 Contracts & Tenders

The Massachusetts electric distribution companies have, in coordination with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the development of up to 800MW of offshore wind capacity. This is the second offshore wind solicitation in Massachusetts and is part of a staggered procurement schedule developed to ensure that the distribution […]

24 May 2019 Business & Finance

The U.S. Business Network for Offshore Wind has expanded its membership with the addition of more than 90 new members. The new members range from large international companies to small businesses and include both offshore wind veterans and new entrants into the industry, the Network said. Some of the new members are Atlas Professionals, Dominion Energy, […]

24 May 2019 Authorities, Business & Finance

US Wind Inc and Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind have expressed their support to Maryland passing the Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA) and the plans to achieve 100% clean electricity by 2040. As reported, CEJA will see the development of 1.2GW of additional offshore wind capacity in Maryland by 2030. In May 2017, this US East Coast […]

23 May 2019

Geo Plus' survey and ROV support vessel Geo Focus has completed its activities on the Norther offshore wind farm in Belgium. The vessel acted as the main survey vessel during the full installation phase of the 370MW project on a long-term charter with Van Oord. Van Oord is the project's main contractor responsible for cable installation and […]

23 May 2019 R&D

The U.S. National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium is inviting proposals to fund projects that support offshore wind innovation for the local market. This Program Opportunity Notice (PON) seeks to develop and demonstrate technology innovations that will reduce the levelized cost of electricity (LCoE) for offshore wind in the U.S. Proposals should focus on new solutions that […]

23 May 2019 Vessels, Wind Farm Update

Acta Marine's new walk-to-work vessel Acta Centaurus was christened in Den Helder in the Netherlands on Wednesday, 22 May. Following the ceremony, Acta Centaurus will head to Eemshaven to mobilize for its first offshore wind assignment. According to DHSS, MHI Vestas contracted the vessel for the coming work on the Deutsche Bucht wind farm in […]

20 May 2019 Wind Farm Update

Baltimore-based offshore wind developer US Wind Inc. has signed an agreement with EPIC Applied Technologies for the installation of its meteorological tower at the site of the proposed 268MW wind farm offshore Maryland. Installation of the MET Mast tower is scheduled to begin on 14 July, with installation anticipated to be completed by 8 August, […]