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15 January 2016 Authorities

Investing in clean energy and thus reducing reliance on fossil fuels, especially imported, was one of the major points U.S. President Barack Obama focused on in his State of the Union address delivered on January 12. Obama said the country needs to accelerate the transition away from "dirtier" energy sources and increase its level of commitment in developing […]

15 January 2016 Authorities, Business & Finance, Environment, Grid Connection

Twenty Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have signed the “Northern Seas as the Power House of North-Western Europe” Manifesto which sees offshore wind energy as a way to make the Northern Seas the “power house” of Europe.  MEPs believe that the progressive, large-scale, deployment of offshore wind farms and emerging marine renewables, along with the completion of a […]

7 December 2015 Operations & Maintenance, Wind Farm Update

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has signed a 10-year contract with the offshore operator Esvagt for a purpose built service operation vessel (SOV) to support technicians working on projects located up to 50 km from the Belgian coast. Due to the distance from shore, the technicians will work and live on the vessel for two-week periods. The […]

4 December 2015 Authorities, Business & Finance, Wind Farm Update

A group of Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) have asked SSE to award fabrication work contracts for its Beatrice offshore wind project to the BiFab yards in Fife and Arnish. If work on the jackets does not go to these yards, impact on workers, their families and the local economies they are located in will […]

3 December 2015 Authorities, R&D, Technology

Additional focus and investment into fabrication infrastructure is needed to unlock potential of using gravity base structures (GBSs) as wind turbine generator foundations for deeper water sites in the offshore wind sector, according to a study released by the Carbon Trust today. GBSs have been successfully demonstrated and deployed in shallow water wind farm projects. However, as wind […]

6 November 2015 Business & Finance, Environment, Operations & Maintenance

Renewable energy supply is set to double collectively in eight major economies by 2030, 18 percent higher than previously projected growth rates, spurred on by new national climate and energy plans,  according to new analysis by World Resources Institute (WRI). WRI’s analysis, Assessing the Post-2020 Clean Energy Landscape, looks at plans from eight of the 10 […]

21 October 2015

The East of England’s unique all-energy coast is key to the East Anglian powerhouse alongside new technology and science, the Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis told energy leaders at the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) annual general meeting. “The opportunities are here – in decommissioning in the Southern North Sea offshore wind and nuclear. There is […]

9 October 2015

The Dutch National Museum of Dredging has opened an exhibition titled Offshore wind - Challenge at sea, which will run from October 8, 2015 to March 14, 2016. The exhibition is made possible through the contribution of photographs, films, models and information from Eneco, Van Oord, Boskalis, ECN, Royal IHC, Royal Dirkzwager VBMS, Sif, Wind Cats and Jan […]

6 October 2015 Training & Education

AIS Training has secured use of Catapult's 27-metre high wind turbine training tower, which is located at the world-renowned National Renewable Energy Centre test and research facility in Blyth (formerly known as Narec). At 27 metres of height, the Catapult’s onshore wind training tower is almost double the current height required for working at height […]

2 October 2015 Business & Finance, Operations & Maintenance

Through its wholly owned Danish subsidiary Danbor, NorSea Group has acquired the Danish wind power company Øer.  NorSea Group said that, with its owners (Wilh. Wilhemsen, Eidesvik and Møkster), it has extensive expertise, infrastructure and equipment that it wants to utilise for the wind power market, especially offshore wind. "Our goal is to be a partner that […]

29 September 2015 Authorities

Yesterday, the White House hosted the Summit on Offshore Wind, a gathering of leading federal, state and industry stakeholders committed to the long-term and sustainable development of offshore wind in the United States. By 2030, offshore wind is projected to supply 22,000 megawatts of clean and abundant energy to cities and communities in America, enough to […]

17 September 2015

MathWorks has announced that Carnegie Wave Energy used Model-Based Design, MATLAB and Simulink, to design and build the world’s only operating wave farm. As part of the Perth Wave Energy Project (PWEP), Carnegie needed to demonstrate the viability of its CETO technology, which generates power from ocean swells via submerged buoys. Engineers needed to analyze loads […]

7 September 2015 Authorities

State Rep. Patricia Haddad is hoping to bring offshore wind industry to Massachusetts. Namely, after accepting an invitation from the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate, Haddad embarked on a four-day trip to Denmark with a group of legislators and industry leaders, writes Wicked Local Somerset. “I am hoping to help create that new […]

27 August 2015 Business & Finance

In its Q2 results, Oceanteam Shipping ASA said it is now focusing on the offshore wind market, following the prolonged downturn and the volatility in the oil and gas market. Even though the oil and gas market is challenging, other sectors, like offshore wind, show a continuous growth, Oceanteam explained. "Our competitors' focus has shifted towards […]

20 July 2015 Authorities

The Vietnamese government is planning to impose fees for sea-surface users. According to VietNamNet Bridge, the fees would range between VND 3 million (EUR 127) and VND 7.5 million (EUR 316) per hectare per year. The draft made by the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment has identified five categories […]

1 July 2015 Vessels

The final cable connection of the Sabella D10 tidal turbine still remains to be done, as the MV Palembang was proclaimed unsuitable for this specific task on Friday, June 26.  Several attempts to stabilize the vessel and enable it to operate the delicate lifting of both ends of the cable and making the connection did not appear quite […]

2 June 2015 Business & Finance, Technology, Wind Farm Update

The Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) announced today that the Icebreaker offshore wind project, planned for the Ohio waters of Lake Erie, will utilize Mono Bucket foundations, developed by Denmark-based Universal Foundation (UF). “Universal Foundation’s Mono Bucket foundation recently emerged as one of the most promising technology developments in the European offshore wind industry,” […]

28 May 2015 Technology, Vessels

ACO Marine has won an order to supply its new range Clarimar MF wastewater treatment system for installation aboard Acta Orion, the wind farm support vessel (WFSV) under construction for Acta Marine at the Partner Stocznia shipyard in Police, Poland. Acta Orion will be the first reference for ACO Marine’s next generation sewage treatment system, […]

27 May 2015

The Productive Seas Evidence Group (PSEG), through MEDIN, The Crown Estate, the MMO and Marine Scotland, has commissioned ABPmer to consider the potential merits of expanding public access to industry marine environmental data within the marine sector and how that access might be achieved. The UK Government has committed to enabling open access to as […]

14 May 2015 Technology

Subsea Riser Products Ltd (SRP), an Acteon company, has completed the third and final installation using the SRP Rocksteady™ mooring connector for the Perth Wave Energy demonstration project, offshore Western Australia. Summarising the original sourcing decision, David Kessel, Carnegie supply chain and IMS manager, said: “As part of the ground-breaking Perth Wave Energy Project, a […]

27 April 2015 Business & Finance

DONG Energy is seeking views of local people on a proposed Community Fund, worth up to £660,000 each year, which will to be set up if the company goes ahead with the Walney Extension offshore wind farm. The proposed 660MW Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm was approved consent by the Secretary of State for Energy […]

17 April 2015 Business & Finance

Johnathan Reynolds, business development lead for renewables and innovation hub OrbisEnergy in Lowestoft, Suffolk, and director of energy firm Nautilus Associates, said that East of England businesses can be confident of the development of many offshore wind farms off their coast. As the supply chain in the East of England prepares to compete for work with developers of […]

14 April 2015 Business & Finance, Wind Farm Update

FoundOcean has been awarded the contract to grout the 150 monopile foundations for the 600MW Gemini Offshore Wind Farm, on behalf of main contractor Van Oord. The project will be the first to use MasterFlow 9800, a new material jointly developed by FoundOcean and BASF. The grouting work will take place in June 2015. FoundOcean […]

13 April 2015 Technology, Wind Farm Update

Mainstream Renewable Power said today that its 448 megawatt Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm in Scotland will use two recently launched technologies. The technologies include the new Offshore Transmission Module (OTM), by Siemens Energy Management Division and High Wind’s Boom Lock system to be deployed by GeoSea for wind turbine component installation at sea. […]

17 March 2015 R&D, Technology

New time lapse radar imaging at FORCE has shown flow features in western Minas Passage over two tide cycles (approximately 25 hours) in December 2014. While they appear to derive from a satellite, these images were created using FORCE’s marine radar system, perched atop its visitor centre. Typical marine radar filters out sea clutter, but this radar […]

17 March 2015 Authorities

The UK House of Lords EU Committee today called for strong leadership on the management of resources among the countries along the shoreline of the North Sea, including offshore wind. In a report published today, titled "The North Sea under pressure: is regional marine co-operation the answer?", the Committee finds that the North Sea is […]