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As offshore construction and maintenance projects move further out to sea, crew and personnel transfer times lengthen. This not only presents a requirement for innovative transfer vessels, but also the need for medical care to be available in situ in the event of an emergency.
Dong Energy contracted Wiking Helikopter Service GmbH for a job in German Bight. The German company will provide offshore helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) to offshore wind farms located in the North Sea. All Dong Energy’s existing and future offshore wind farms in this area are covered by this contract. Since its foundation in 1975, […]
One of SSI Energy's HSE Offshore Medics, who are often trained technicians working as part of a maintenance team, is now permanently based on the Bibby Wavemaster 1 vessel, supporting the works on the Galloper offshore wind farm in the UK.
After more than two years of work, Hughes Sub Surface Engineering (Hughes SSE) has completed works on the world’s second largest wind farm – Gwynt y Môr. Since 2012 Hughes SSE has been a provider of core services to the construction efforts at Gwynt y Môr wind farm. During a 34 month involvement, Hughes SSE […]
The effects and causes of fatigue that offshore wind crews experience are not fully understood within the sector, however, sharing health and safety (HSE) lessons can ultimately make the industry stronger, Kerrie Forster, Chairman of the UK National Workboat Association (NWA) Safety Forum and Operations Coordinator at Acta Marine, said in an interview with Offshore WIND.
Airbus Helicopters views the support for wind farms as a business segment that is undergoing global growth and expects demand for up to a thousand helicopters over the coming two decades, corresponding to revenues of approximately EUR 9 billion.
German transmission system operator 50Hertz Transmission GmbH and three offshore wind operators are seeking a helicopter to rescue injured persons working on offshore wind farms in the Baltic Sea, including aeronautical and medical crew.
GeoSea has contracted Northern HeliCopter (NHC) for the provision of medical services during the installation and commissioning phase of the Merkur offshore wind farm in the German Bight. GeoSea NV has chosen different services of NHC's holistic medical care concept WINDEAcare according to the individual construction phases. Beside Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS), VENTUSmedic, the Emergency Dispatch […]
Elisa Floats Self-Installing Offshore Wind Turbine Researchers gathered around the EU-funded Elisa Project have developed an offshore wind turbine system that can be completely pre-assembled and pre-commissioned in controlled harbour conditions. The Big League Offering Lowest Offshore Wind Prices (Interview with Vattenfall) When you are talking with people working in real estate, there is a […]
A new funding of GBP 57.5 million was announced for the UK’s energy and infrastructure, biomedical and quantum technology sectors, with GBP 28 million set aside for innovation in infrastructure systems and first of a kind deployment of innovation, both including offshore wind projects. A series of competitions will open over the next 2 weeks and be run […]
Tidal Transit's crew transfer vessel Kitty Petra and North Sea Logistics' Excalibur responded to a mayday call yesterday, after a jet ski capsized and threw a man and two children into the sea off Colwyn Bay. Following an alert by people ashore, Holyhead Coastguard broadcast a Mayday Relay to the vessels in the area, called out Llandudno RNLI inshore […]
RWE has carried out an emergency exercise at the Nordsee Ost offshore wind farm in Germany. The RWE team, together with partners, exercised an emergency rescue of an injured offshore worker on a Crew Transfer Vessel (CTV). The crew on board the CTV, a rescue helicopter with pilots, a winch operator, ambulance and paramedics, and more […]
DONG Energy's emergency response team honed its skills on Friday at the Borkum Riffgrund 1 offshore wind farm. "As part of this full-scale exercise, two crew vessels collided and four technicians fell overboard without the possibility of being rescued immediately. The simulated accident went ahead as planned and the dummies were rescued," DONG Energy said on its official […]
Elsevier, a provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, announced the publication of seven new books on renewable energy. The list includes: Renewable Energy Systems: A Smart Energy Systems Approach to the Choice and Modeling of 100% Renewable Solutions by Henrik Lund Renewable Energy Integration: Practical Management of Variability, Uncertainty, and Flexibility […]
Hughes Sub Surface Engineering Ltd (HSSE) has emerged as a top winner at the annual Renewable Energy Association awards, held in London’s Savoy hotel on Thursday 12th June. The company scooped the prestigious Skills Development award in recognition of its efforts in pioneering new offshore emergency response techniques. HSSE has been operating Emergency Response Teams […]
Axis Communications has launched a new range of SAE 316L stainless steel security cameras for offshore wind farm installations. The new Axis Q60-S series can withstand the corrosive effect of sea water and has IP66, IP6K9K, NEMA 4X and MIL-STD-810G 509.5 approvals, ensuring protection against dust, rain, high pressure/steam jet cleaning, snow, ice and salt. […]
A crewman has been airlifted to hospital this morning after a fire on board a wind farm support vessel 4 nautical miles off Great Yarmouth. Humber Coastguard received a call from the vessel Norfolk Tern just after 8am reporting they had a fire in their starboard engine. They had managed to bring it under control, […]
L-3 SAM Electronics, together with its associated L-3 companies, has announced that it has been awarded a major contract for the supply and installation of the electrical system package on DanTysk accommodation platform. The platform is being built in Kiel, Germany, by Nobiskrug of Rendsburg as part of the DanTysk offshore wind farm project jointly […]
When working offshore there should be one golden rule: Safety first! All kinds of legislation and regulations have been set up to ensure that both the health and safety of the employees are respected, in facet of their work, and rest time, offshore. However these rules can vary by country and also by the different […]
The Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) will enter into force internationally on 20 August 2013. This is a new international convention which will be the ‘fourth pillar’ of the international regulatory regime for quality shipping, sitting alongside the MARPOL, STCW and SOLAS conventions. The aim of the MLC is to ensure that all seafarers globally (of […]
Emergency services from North Wales and the North West took part in a major simulated exercise at Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm yesterday. Exercise ARGO is using dummies instead of real people to test rescue procedures and recovery times for the 160 turbine site, which is more than eight miles offshore in Liverpool Bay. […]
Organizers of the inaugural IEEE Conference on Technologies for Sustainability (SusTech) have extended the abstract deadline to 30 March. Technical papers and posters are solicited in the following areas: Alternative Energy (e.g. solar, wind, tidal, fuel cells, energy harvesting, nuclear) Energy Efficiency (e.g. building design, auto electronics & fuel economy, computer farms, aviation Electric Vehicles […]
Ballast Nedam is accelerating its execution of the strategy of focusing on the growth market of integrated projects and specific niche markets. This decision was prompted by the sustained poor market outlook. The company’s profile will change faster as a result, with substantial consequences for several companies that operate in strongly capacity-driven markets. Accordingly there […]
At first sight perhaps conventional shipping would appear to be the most obvious means of getting out to and supporting wind farm installations. A helicopter being employed on such slim structures as wind turbines with long blades does not seem to be the most obvious candidate. But nevertheless an industry has grown up that is […]
Finance Secretary John Swinney will next week visit Japan and South Korea to promote Scottish businesses. Mr Swinney will visit Tokyo, Osaka, Pusan and Seoul where he will showcase the innovation and skills of Scotland’s energy sector and promote Scotland’s food and drink. He will use his visit as a chance to meet with representatives […]
A few hundred protestors from rural communities voiced their dissatisfaction with the Ontario’s Liberal Government in Toronto Tuesday amid the announced construction of wind turbines in the Lake Erie communities of Leamington, Union and Kingsville, the Canadian Press informs. The dissatisfaction has been caused by the harmful effects of the wind turbines on the health […]