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16 January 2018

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15 January 2018 Business & Finance, Contracts & Tenders, R&D

Royal IHC completed the acquisition of Oceanteam’s Dutch-based engineering and consultancy company KCI The Engineers with the signing of the Sale and Purchase Agreement and ancillary documents on 15 January.

12 January 2018 Contracts & Tenders, Wind Farm Update

Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, through the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl), will launch a EUR 1.5 million worth tender for the supply of metocean data for the Hollandse Kust Noord (north) Wind Farm Zone on 23 January.

10 January 2018 Environment, R&D

Two public opinion polls have shown continued support for offshore wind development in the State of Maryland, US, believed to create thousands of jobs and millions of capital investment.

3 January 2018 Business & Finance, Contracts & Tenders, Operations & Maintenance, R&D

Oceanteam and Royal IHC have signed a contract by which IHC will acquire all of the outstanding share capital of Oceanteam’s Dutch-based engineering and consultancy company KCI The Engineers.

19 December 2017 Business & Finance

Iceland-based manufacturer of high-tech ropes and nets – Hampidjan – sees more room for doing business in the offshore wind sector after a contract with Seaway Heavy Lifting (SHL) for the supply of fibre slings that SHL used during the Beatrice piling works, completed earlier this month.

5 December 2017 Authorities, Business & Finance, R&D

Innovate UK has launched a funding competition to encourage innovation in infrastructure systems that provide critical services for economy, environment and society, including offshore wind.

22 November 2017 Business & Finance, Grid Connection, Operations & Maintenance, Ports & Logistics

Commercial Development Company (CDC), a U.S. commercial real estate and brownfield redevelopment company plans to buy the retired Brayton Point Power Station in Somerset, identified as having big potential to serve the offshore wind industry. 

6 November 2017 Technology

A component damaged during installation within the converter module of MHI Vestas V164 prototype in Østerild had led to the turbine catching fire on 4 August, the company informed, adding that this was a standard industry component with a solid track record.

31 October 2017 Authorities, Environment, Wind Farm Update

On 25 October, French Council of State rejected the motion put in place by three organisations against the authorisation of construction of the 480MW Parc du Banc de Guérande wind project under the French Water Act.

25 October 2017

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) has published an assessment of 18 Massachusetts ports and waterfront sites, and a supply chain directory of 320 state and regional small businesses that can contribute to the offshore wind industry.

23 October 2017

DONG Energy has awarded Robertson Facilities Management a one-year contract for hard and soft facilities management services at the new O&M base in King’s Wharf, Birkenhead, which will serve both Burbo Bank and Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farms.

20 October 2017

UK-based Wessex Archaeology and U.S. company Coastal Environments Inc. (CEI) have partnered to provide a suite of marine archaeological and cultural resource services designed to meet the needs of offshore renewable projects in the United States.

21 September 2017 Authorities, Business & Finance, Wind Farm Update

A group of fishing organizations, businesses, and communities, led by the Fisheries Survival Fund (FSF), has moved forward with its lawsuit to halt the leasing of a planned wind farm off the coast of New York.

23 August 2017 Vessels

Esbjerg Shipyard in Denmark will build the first ordered ESNA Sea Puffin Surface Effect Ship (SES) Daughter Craft, to be delivered in early 2018 to WindPartner, an independent shipowner and ship manager based in Kristiansand, Norway.

20 July 2017

The Appropriations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives has adopted a bill amendment that obstructs installing offshore wind turbines within 24 nautical miles (approx. 44 kilometres) from the coast of the State of Maryland, endangering the US Wind and Skipjack projects which were recently awarded Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Credits from the Public Service Commission.

6 July 2017 Authorities, Business & Finance, Technology

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19 June 2017

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16 June 2017 Operations & Maintenance, Technology, Training & Education

Scotland’s Fife College has opened an Immersive Hybrid Reality lab which provides ultra-realistic training environments for offshore wind turbine technicians.

14 June 2017 Business & Finance

Following media reports from April saying ASM Industries (ASMI) had been planning to boost its involvement in the offshore wind sector and had pinpointed the port of Aveiro as a location for its new plant, the Portuguese company confirmed to Offshore WIND that it had decided to invest in the new facility, specialised in bigger products – mostly for offshore application.

23 May 2017 Environment

Three minke whales washed up dead on the UK’s east coast during the weekend, with another two reported as distressed, Mirror reports. According to John Cresswell from the Felixstowe Volunteer Coast Patrol Rescue Service, offshore wind farms off Suffolk coast may have affected the sonar whales use to navigate.

16 May 2017 Authorities, Environment, Wind Farm Update

The Nantes Administrative Court of Appeals has dismissed the appeal filed by three environmental organisations which contested the environmental permit granted to the 480MW Parc du Banc de Guérande wind project located some 12 kilometres off the coast of Saint-Nazaire.

8 May 2017

Hempel has launched two new coatings specifically developed to protect the “splash zone” areas of offshore structures such as oil & gas platforms or wind turbines, which suffer from the dual impact of atmospheric and immersion-type corrosion, as well as physical damage such as abrasion and impact, especially in areas around boat landings.

27 March 2017

Following last week’s reports that DORIS Engineering’s recently set up division, dedicated to renewable energy, is starting its operations with floating offshore wind projects in France, the company told Offshore WIND that the works DORIS Renewables has been in charge of have already been completed.

21 February 2017 Authorities, Technology

MasterFlow 9800 from Master Builders Solutions, a brand of BASF, has achieved Type Approval Certification (TAC) from DNV GL after a validation of this offshore grout according to the applicable DNV GL Offshore Standard.