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12 August 2016

Following the new Massachusetts energy legislation, which calls for 1,600MW of offshore wind capacity by 2027, entering into law, Deepwater Wind has appointed Matthew Morrissey, the managing director of Offshore Wind: Massachusetts, to head its operations in the state.  According to South Coast Today, the Marine Commerce Terminal in New Bedford, Massachusetts, could host the development of Deepwater Wind's Deepwater ONE project, which would be […]

21 July 2016 Wind Farm Update

The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) has postponed the meeting on Deepwater Wind’s 90MW Deepwater ONE – South Fork project, after receiving a request by its partner agency NYSERDA (New York State Energy and Research Development Authority) to do so. At the meeting, which was scheduled for 20 July, LIPA was expected to approve the 90MW wind […]

11 July 2016

Last September in Baltimore at the AWEA Offshore WINDPOWER conference the buzz words heard over and over again were “we have steel in the water.” This is, of course, a reference to the jacket foundations for the five French built GE Haliade 6MW wind turbines which will be installed on the first North American Offshore Wind Farm site almost 5km […]

23 May 2016 Vessels, Wind Farm Update

Blue Water USA has been providing hub logistics services to General Electric (GE) in the Port of Providence, Rhode Island, for the 30 MW Block Island wind farm project since December 2015.  The scope of the services includes heavy lift and storage of turbine components for the first offshore wind farm in the United States, as […]

19 April 2016 Business & Finance, Vessels, Wind Farm Update

Danish shipping company Blue Water Shipping (BWS) has won a contract to handle and transport jackets and piles constructed for the 350MW Wikinger offshore wind farm in the German sector of the Baltic Sea. The wind farm comprises 70 turbines with four-legged jackets fastened to the seabed with four piles. 41 of the jackets were produced at […]

25 March 2016

A pilot Marine Spatial Plan is now in place for the Pentland Firth and Orkney waters. The plan provides planning guidance and aims to balance the needs of local communities and marine economic activities whilst protecting the environment. These economic activities include renewable energy generation, fishing, tourism, recreation, aquaculture, shipping, and oil and gas. The plan has been […]

14 March 2016 Business & Finance, R&D, Vessels

The Netherlands-headquartered subsea inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) services provider N-Sea, has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with CERES Recherches & Expertise Sous-Marine and TechSub Industrie Environement, to provide subsea survey, installation and remediation services to the French offshore wind industry. “N-Sea has developed a strong track record in UXO management, construction support and IMR […]

26 February 2016 Authorities

Deepwater Wind, the company behind the first U.S. offshore wind farm, is looking into using South Brooklyn Marine Terminal as a staging area for one of its potential offshore wind projects. In addition, the developer is considering a partnership with two local companies, a freight-transport facility Red Hook Container Terminal and Industry City, an innovation and manufacturing […]

15 February 2016 Vessels

The first crew transfer vessel dedicated to serve the U.S. offshore wind industry was placed into the water for the first time last week, according to social media pages of Rhode Island Fast Ferry and its subsidiary Atlantic Wind Transfers.  "On Wednesday the workboat was lowered down the railway at low tide and left to wait […]

20 January 2016 Vessels

Gardline's new vessel MV Bittern will be undergoing sea trials in Great Yarmouth this week prior to her launch. Once the sea trials are complete, the 23m vessel will be launched and delivered to Ramsgate and begin operational trials at the London Array offshore wind farm before heading back to Great Yarmouth to begin work on her first […]

12 January 2016 Vessels

The Rix Leopard, the latest wind farm workboat to the Rix Sea Shuttle fleet, was introduced to the water on 15th December at a launch ceremony at the Piriou shipyard in Vietnam. The small ceremony took place with the shipyard personnel and the team who are building the vessel. Rix Sea says that progress of the […]

16 December 2015

Blue Water Shipping has signed a five-year terminal contract covering all logistics on Bilfinger Mars Offshore's new fabrication site n Szczecin, Poland, including operation of a state-of-the-art gantry crane, handling of components and stevedoring. Bilfinger Mars Offshore, which provides offshore foundations to the wind industry, will use the site in Szczecin for serial production of […]

9 December 2015 Wind Farm Update

Deepwater Wind, the developer of the first US offshore wind farm is proposing a new offshore wind project with two new battery energy storage systems for Long Island’s South Fork. Deepwater ONE – South Fork project includes a 90MW offshore wind farm comprising 15 turbines, and represents the first phase of a regional offshore wind farm the company is developing some 30 […]

8 December 2015 Wind Farm Update

With all five steel jacket foundations fully installed at the Block Island Wind Farm (BIWF) site, Deepwater Wind officially completed the first offshore construction season for America’s first offshore wind farm. The last deck platform was placed on top of a foundation on 21 November and all of the construction and crew vessels associated with the operation […]

7 December 2015

Blue Water Shipping has handled the transport of four gigantic wind turbine towers on their way to Osterild, where the Danish test centre for wind turbines is located.  The tower sections weigh up to 190 tons each and have a diameter of nearly seven metres. The fourth transport was completed in October when the latest turbine […]

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 […]

20 November 2015 Operations & Maintenance, Vessels

Norwegian shipbuilder Umoe Mandal placed the new WaveCraft Surface Effect Ship Umoe Firmus into the water for the first time on 16 November 2015, keeping the vessel on schedule to arrive in the UK in mid-January 2016. Umoe Firmus is to be operated by Tidal Transit Limited, which has an initial charter contract in place, with a […]

27 October 2015

Blue Water has recently participated in a panel discussion at a pre-event to the AWEA conference and exhibition (American Wind Energy Association) and also participated at AWEA. The company was invited due to its experience in offshore wind, especially in Europe. "This was a good chance for us to talk to other players within the industry and discuss optimization […]

13 October 2015

Blue Water France was invited to participate in a panel discussion at MRE (Marine Renewable Energy) conference in Le Havre. The topic of discussion was: Are the port and logistics operators ready? Blue Water gave input on the challenges ahead and complimented the ports for the investments already made. It is the first time that […]

23 September 2015 Wind Farm Update

Construction of the first American offshore wind farm is progressing quite well, judging by Deepwater Wind's posts on social media pages. By September 18, the wind farm had 4 out of 5 steel jacket foundations in place. Vessels working on foundation installation are the floating barge crane Weeks 533 and self-elevating crane vessel Robert. A steel jacket structure […]

22 September 2015 Environment

Underwater noise in the marine environment is the focus of a new UK-wide research partnership to monitor the ‘soundscape’ in UK waters. The Centre for the Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) has teamed up with Marine Scotland Science and the University of Exeter to analyse underwater noise data from subsea sound recorders located around […]

17 September 2015 Authorities

The developer of the US first offshore wind farm, Deepwater Wind, has responded to New York's renewable energy request for information. This RFI is designed to identify new generation capacity rather than existing sources of renewable energy. Jeff Grybowski, CEO of Deepwater Wind, said that he is confident his offshore wind solution could shape New […]

15 September 2015 Environment

Deepwater Wind CEO Jeffrey Grybowski will be giving the keynote address at the upcoming international symposium on marine spatial planning (MSP) that will be hosted at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography in Narragansett on October 6. The five wind turbines Deepwater Wind is just beginning to install off the Block Island […]

14 September 2015 Wind Farm Update

The developer of US first offshore wind farm, Deepwater Wind, is making some safety changes after an independent consultant has identified several health and safety issues. ABS Group, a Houston-based firm listed several concerns during the construction of five foundations at the 30MW Block Island offshore wind farm. In the report for Rhode Island Coastal […]

20 August 2015

In the German part of the North Sea, Bilfinger is installing 72 foundations for the Sandbank Wind Farm. Blue Water’s stevedore department in Esbjerg is responsible for the loading operations. The foundations, consisting of a monopile and a transition piece, are transported to Esbjerg on Bilfinger’s barges and picked up again by the installation vessel Pacific […]

17 August 2015

The German marine energy developer, Nemos, started the fully automated operation of its wave energy device at Nissum Bredning in Denmark last week. “With an advanced developed operation`s software and optimised hardware the device already feeds in electricity into the Danish grid,” said the company in a statement. The Nemos-system consists of an elongated floating […]