Search results for: porpoises

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15 May 2017 Environment, R&D

Scheduling wind farm construction activities in the Maryland Wind Energy Area (WEA) to take place during summer months, from June to September, could reduce the likelihood of disturbance to harbour porpoises, according to a new study.

10 February 2017 R&D, Wind Farm Update

From 15 February to 15 March, Aberdeen University will deploy seabed-mounted scientific equipment at the Beatrice offshore wind farm site, as well as outside its borders in the Moray Firth, to monitor marine mammals.

11 October 2016 R&D, Technology, Training & Education

Pile driving during construction of offshore wind farms in the German North Sea has little to no effect on local harbour porpoise population, according to a study commissioned by the Offshore-Forum Windenergie (OFW) in partnership with the offshore wind industry leaders.  "The study shows that offshore wind farms have no negative consequences for the harbor porpoise population," […]

10 October 2016 Environment

World Wildlife Fund UK (WWF-UK) has released “A Positive Future for Porpoises and Renewables” report, written by SMRU Consulting, which deals with the effect of the underwater noise produced during offshore wind farm construction on harbour porpoises. Noise reduction measures can help reduce the risk of a harbour porpoises population decline due to the cumulative impacts of wind farm […]

3 October 2016 Authorities, Environment

The European Commission (EC) is taking the United Kingdom to the Court of Justice of the EU for ''its failure to propose sites for the protection of the harbour porpoise.'' ''The continued failure to propose and designate sufficient sites leaves the areas where the species occurs in greatest densities without the protection required. This refers in […]

25 February 2015 Environment, R&D

Disturbance Effects on the Harbour Porpoise Population in the North Sea (DEPONS) project has yielded some preliminary findings on the effect of offshore wind farm construction on harbour porpoises. "Although the results should be considered preliminary, the patterns generated by the current version of the DEPONS model did not suggest any clear, long-lasting effects of pile-driving […]

9 December 2014 Environment, R&D

Forewind is one of five international offshore wind energy developers to jointly initiate an ambitious research programme into how the harbour porpoise population in the North Sea is likely to be affected by the construction of offshore wind farms. The programme, called Disturbance Effects on the Harbour Porpoise Population in the North Sea (DEPONS) will […]

26 November 2014 Environment, R&D

A consortium of five international energy companies has taken the initiative to launch the DEPONS (Disturbance Effects on the Harbour Porpoise Population in the North Sea) research project, which aims to study how the population of harbour porpoises in the North Sea is affected when new offshore wind farms are built. Spearheading the consortium is […]

3 December 2013 Authorities, Environment

From now on, new guidelines apply on the development of offshore wind power in German part of the North Sea, which regulate the protection of the North Sea harbor porpoises. As a result, the pile driving must be organized in a period when porpoises are in retreat, thus sufficiently far away from the place where […]

21 August 2013 Authorities, Environment

The European Commission has confirmed that it is taking infringement action against the UK authorities, because they failed to protect native harbour porpoises in connection with the development of the Atlantic Array offshore wind farm, Wales Online reports. Specifically, allowing the construction of wind turbines in Outer Bristol Channel would violate the rules of European […]

16 August 2012 Business & Finance, Environment

Porpoises and unexploded mines left from the Second World War are increasing the costs of offshore wind projects in Germany, while also putting more delays to the country’s energy transition. Namely, after environmental groups complained that driving foundations into the seabed damages the hearing of porpoises, E.ON and RWE started using equipment that reduces that […]

13 February 2012 Technology

In spite of severe weather conditions in November and December last year, Trianel Borkum wind farm, located 60 kilometers off the East Frisian coast, continues on schedule and within budget. Five months after the start of construction, the jack-up barge Goliath has installed a total of 26 of the 40 foundations into the seabed. Underwater […]

8 November 2011 Environment

A team of scientists are sailing from Suffolk to the North Sea to find out more about harbour porpoises... (bbc) [mappress] Source: bbc, November 08, 2011;

3 June 2010 R&D

They might produce renewable energy, but offshore wind farms are a scourge for porpoises. Researchers have found that construction noise at... [mappress] Source: spiegel, June 03, 2010;

11 December 2017 Vessels, Wind Farm Update

Seaway Heavy Lifting's (SHL) vessel Oleg Strashnov – which left the Beatrice site after installing the 24th jacket foundation in late September and returned to the job in November – has put the 25th jacket in place and thus officially resumed the works after more than two months of suspension. 

9 October 2016 Authorities, Business & Finance, Environment, Grid Connection, Operations & Maintenance, R&D, Technology, Training & Education, Vessels, Wind Farm Update

26 Bidders Apply for Borssele III & IV The Netherlands Enterprise Agency ( has received 26 applications for Borssele III and IV offshore wind sites, the governmental body reported after the tender closed on 29 September. Video: Rotterdam Ready for Offshore Wind with Sif Group Dutch manufacturer of offshore wind foundations, Sif Group, is working full […]

30 March 2016 Authorities, Wind Farm Update

On 16 March, the UK Planning Inspectorate (PINS) submitted a recommendation report on Hornsea Project Two to Energy Secretary Amber Rudd, who requested comments from Natural England and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) yesterday. After receiving findings and conclusions on the application from the PINS, the Energy Secretary has three months to make a decision on the application. Since […]

11 January 2016 Business & Finance, Environment, Operations & Maintenance, Wind Farm Update

Baker Consultants has won a contract with Iberdrola to provide an underwater noise and marine mammal activity monitoring service during the construction phase of the Wikinger offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea. Baker Consultants will monitor underwater noise emissions as well as the activity of harbour porpoises that may be present within and around […]

12 October 2015 Environment, R&D

Birds and seals have got GPS transmitters on them, and the birds are monitored with radar in preparation for the establishment of Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm. It is a requirement for large construction projects such as ports, bridges and wind farms, that they must not affect the nature significantly. This requirement is particularly important […]

20 April 2015

Since research into the impact of offshore wind farms on the marine life started more than 15 years ago at Denmark's Horns Rev 1, there have been several multi-year research and monitoring programmes in Denmark, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. A large part of it funded by the wind farm developers themselves, and governments also […]

6 November 2014 Environment, R&D

Offshore wind farms will allow renewable energy to be generated with little or no carbon dioxide emissions, but little is known about how they impact the marine species living and migrating along the coast. A new study led by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science will help State and Federal decision-makers better understand […]

16 October 2014 Environment, R&D

German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) has revealed that the noise created during the construction of offshore wind farms is pretty much in line with BSH's limit, which has been set to protect harbor porpoises.  "We have seen some noticeable progress in the reduction of noise levels during construction of offshore wind farms," stressed the President of BSH, Monika Breuch-Moritz. She added […]

8 October 2014 Technology

A fleet of seven robotic vehicles were launched into the ocean off southwest England this week, in the most ambitious project of its kind in Europe. The vehicles are aiming to travel up to 300 miles over the next 20 days, and will be collecting scientific data about ocean processes and marine life.  Co-ordinated by […]

17 July 2014 Environment, Wind Farm Update

The Bremen-situated planner and operator wpd takes positive stock for the construction of the offshore windfarm Butendiek. “We are about to complete pile driving, we are well within our time schedule and we have fallen short of the predefined sound levels”, said Achim Berge Olsen, managing director of Butendiek and wpd offshore. Of the 80 foundation […]

28 April 2014 Authorities, Environment, Wind Farm Update

Naturschutzbund Deutschland e.V. (NABU) filed a complaint against the construction of the Butendiek offshore wind farm to the Administrative Court in Köln on April 17, with reference to the Environmental Damage Act. The environmental association is concerned about the possible effects on protected marine birds and porpoises. The Butendiek offshore wind farm will be located […]

1 April 2014 Environment, R&D

Researchers from the Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research of the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover Foundation (TiHo) are investigating the hearing of gray seals (Halichoerus grypus) under the leadership of Professor Dr. Ursula Siebert and Dr. Andreas Ruser. They published the first results in the online specialist magazine Plos one. The investigations were […]