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13 January 2017 Authorities, Technology, Wind Farm Update

DONG Energy has received approval of an amended building consent from German authorities which allows 8MW turbines to be deployed at the 450MW Borkum Riffgrund 2 offshore wind farm. The original consent was granted in December 2011. The latest approval has been granted by the German consenting authority Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH). DONG Energy […]

10 January 2017 Vessels

Norwegian supplier of offshore support vessels, Simon Møkster Shipping, has signed a contract with VBMS for Stril Server, which will support the company's works in the North Sea.  The vessel will be deployed for 5 months, and possibly longer, starting in April. This marks Møkster’s first contract with VBMS. Stril Server, which was built at Simek […]

3 January 2017 Contracts & Tenders, Technology

Semco Maritime and Systematic have entered into a framework agreement with Vattenfall for the delivery of a fully-integrated resource tracking and communication system for Vattenfall’s onshore and offshore wind operations. The solution, SemPAM, provides overview and safety for employees during construction and maintenance of Vattenfall’s wind farms in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark. Remco Boersma, […]

14 December 2016 Wind Farm Update

Mooreast will supply nine of its Mooreast MA5P anchors for a floating wind turbine demonstration project off Kitakyushu, Japan, set to enter the construction phase next year. Glocal Inc., a Japanese company which is part of the consortium behind the demonstration project, carried out product performance evaluation and offshore testing last year, prior to deciding […]

25 November 2016 Authorities, Business & Finance, Operations & Maintenance

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) has kicked of a search for underdeveloped waterfront sites within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that could be acquired and potentially improved through private investment to become suitable facilities to support near-term and long-term offshore wind activities. MassCEC is now seeking proposals from an engineering team with the necessary expertise to […]

16 November 2016 Operations & Maintenance, R&D, Technology, Training & Education

A group of international researchers led by the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) have teamed up to investigate the causes of wind turbine fires and to determine how to improve fire safety. Fires in wind turbine, both on land and offshore, have huge human, financial and environmental consequences, DTU said. In the field of fire safety it […]

4 November 2016 Authorities, Business & Finance, Environment, Grid Connection, R&D, Training & Education, Wind Farm Update

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs’ Office of Coastal Zone Management and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center will host public information meetings to discuss recent and upcoming planning and assessment activities related to future offshore wind projects in federal waters off Massachusetts. Topics will include an overview of the state's new energy […]

26 October 2016 R&D, Vessels, Wind Farm Update

Fugro has been awarded a contract by Vineyard Wind, formerly named OffshoreMW, to perform a marine geotechnical site investigation within its wind development lease area south of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. Fugro’s 105-meter drilling vessel M/V Fugro Synergy will perform the study, which will include numerous seabed CPTs and exploration boreholes, along with sampling and downhole CPTs. […]

25 October 2016 Vessels, Wind Farm Update

A quadrant handling system designed and built by Osbit for offshore contractor DeepOcean has successfully completed its first inter array cable installation job at an unnamed offshore wind farm off England's east coast. Although Osbit did not reveal the name of the wind farm at which Maersk Recorder used the quadrant handling system, it is highly […]

25 October 2016 Authorities, Environment, R&D

The Wind Energy Areas (WEAs) offshore Massachusetts and Rhode Island avoid the high concentrations of protected species of whales, turtles and seabirds, according to the results of two new multi-year surveys carried out by the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC). "BOEM remains deeply committed to ensuring that renewable […]

24 October 2016 Environment, R&D, Technology

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), working with AWS Truepower of Albany, New York, has installed a WINDCUBE vertical profiling lidar at WHOI’s Martha’s Vineyard Coastal Observatory (MVCO), located two miles south of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, in the Outer Continental Shelf. Funding for the installation was provided by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) as part […]

13 October 2016

Swan Hunter has issued Motive Offshore Group a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the design and build of a basket carousel loading tower. Package Manager John Young said: “We are pleased to announce our agreement with Motive to provide the design and build of our Carousel Loading Tower. This key deliverable, for a robust and capable design that […]

11 October 2016

A paper on the evaluation of the feed-in tariff scheme for offshore wind farms in Greece using a Monte Carlo approach has been published in Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics.  The paper investigates the profitability range of offshore wind energy investments in Greece, taking into consideration the uncertainties faced, which include technical, political, economic and regulatory risks. […]

4 October 2016 R&D

The Massachusetts Research Partnership (MRP) members have attended their first meeting at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI), where a two-day workshop on offshore wind energy resource characterization was held. Representatives from the offshore wind industry, government agencies and universities came together to discuss the state-of-the-art in site characterization research and how to transition that science […]

29 September 2016 Business & Finance, Technology

Aberdeenshire-based Ecosse Subsea Systems (ESS) has been awarded a GBP 3 million contract by an international infrastructure group to design and build a 1,500-ton carousel and associated spread. The carousel will be used for the storage of spare cables required for UK offshore wind farm projects and will be located at an undisclosed port on UK's north […]

28 September 2016 Wind Farm Update

Offshore construction works at the site of the 40MW Tahkoluoto wind farm off Pori, Finland, are winding down ahead of the start of autumn storms and the subsequent winter period, Suomen Hyötytuuli Oy, the owner and developer of the wind farm, reports. The marine construction works are scheduled to resume in April 2017, when the first wind turbine components […]

22 September 2016 R&D, Wind Farm Update

A preliminary geophysical survey within a portion of the Massachusetts Wind Energy Area is set to begin tomorrow with Alpine Ocean deploying the R/V Shearwater at OffshoreMW's lease area.  This is the first step of data collection and assessment that OffshoreMW and Vineyard Power will undertake within the next several years in this area. Information gathered over the next […]

15 September 2016 Grid Connection

Nexans has officially signed a contract for the Blyth Offshore Demonstrator Wind Farm Project after VBMS selected its 66kV cable system to provide the subsea connection between the offshore turbines and the onshore grid for the project. This will be the first project to use the new 66kV cable technology. The standard voltage for array cables […]

14 September 2016 Vessels

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has signed a contract with Vroon Offshore Services for the supply of offshore logistics support, accommodation and walk-to-work services during construction of DONG Energy’s Walney Extension West offshore wind project. Vroon will deploy its newbuilding subsea-support vessel VOS Start, which provides accommodation and work space for up to 60 client personnel. The […]

9 September 2016 Training & Education

Over forty-five companies in the shipping and offshore maritime sector are among those who have contributed to the funding for the first ever exhibition in the Netherlands dedicated to the offshore sector, to be housed at The Maritime Museum Rotterdam for the next seven years. Offshore Experience, which will open in mid-December, will provide visitors […]

7 September 2016 Business & Finance

DONG Energy, Deepwater Wind and OffshoreMW have signed a Letter of Intent with the state of Massachusetts to lease the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal as a staging and deployment location for future offshore wind projects.

6 September 2016

Ecosse Subsea Systems (ESS) has awarded Ardmore Craig with a contract for the design of a carousel and associated spooling spread destined for cable storage activities. The order has been earmarked by a utility company for 40-year storage of a number of spare cable lengths. The carousel will be designed for capacities in excess of […]

2 September 2016 Business & Finance

French nuclear and renewable energy company Areva has turned down a non-binding offer made by General Electric (GE) for the offshore wind turbine maker Adwen, a 50 -50 joint venture between Areva and Spain's Gamesa, Reuters reports. GE is said to be interested in some of Adwen's technology and its French order book, but the company […]

29 August 2016 Authorities, Business & Finance, R&D, Technology, Training & Education

The State of Massachusetts has set aside USD 700,000 to advance three studies relating to offshore wind development. The funds will be allocated to nine academic and research institutions across Massachusetts and it will support offshore wind research projects to identify industry workforce training and safety requirements; establish a multi-university partnership focused on innovation and driving down costs; and develop […]

26 August 2016 Operations & Maintenance, R&D, Technology, Vessels

Dalby Offshore is currently trialling a new system for motion and impact monitoring of offshore vessels, Oceanic Dynamics, on the recently delivered crew transfer vessel Dalby Ouse. Oceanic Dynamics is created by UK Electronic Solutions, part of NSSLGlobal Group, and is designed to protect the longevity of offshore assets by monitoring and reporting vessel impact on structures, passenger comfort […]

26 August 2016 Business & Finance, Wind Farm Update

Danish fund management company Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) has acquired 100% of Offshore MW LLC, a company holding a 166,886 acre (675 square km) offshore wind energy lease issued by the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and located south of Massachusetts.  Offshore MW LLC is eligible to participate in the utility tender program established by recently […]