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10 August 2015

Last month saw the first steel in the water for the 30 MW wind energy project offshore Block Island. The project developer, Deepwater Wind, organised a boat tour event to mark this milestone for USA’s first offshore wind farm. Among others, the event was attended by Sally Jewell, US Interior Secretary, Bryan Martin, Managing Director […]

6 August 2015 Business & Finance, R&D

Leeghwater, a Dutch pilot project proposing to install fifty to seventy offshore wind turbines off the coast of Zeeland, has been cancelled, Dutch media reports.  The project was abandoned due to high costs and lack of interest among companies, the project initiator TKI Wind op Zee confirmed today. The construction of the EUR 1 billion project would have begun […]

28 July 2015

LOC Houston has been named marine surveyor for America’s first 30 MW offshore wind farm offshore Block Island. This project will connect Block Island to the mainland grid for the first time, reducing island electric rates and diversifying Rhode Island’s power supply, while creating 300 local construction jobs. Andrew Hughes, LOC’s Vice President of Energy said: “This represents […]

28 July 2015

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper joined Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo, the state’s congressional delegation and representatives of Deepwater Wind – the project developers – in celebrating an historic “steel in the water” milestone for America’s first commercial scale offshore wind […]

27 July 2015 Wind Farm Update

The first jacket foundation has been installed three miles (4.8 km) off the Block Island coast yesterday afternoon representing the first steel in the water for Deepwater Wind's 30 MW project. According to CEO Jeff Grybowski, the 400 ton lift was conducted by the floating barge crane, Weeks 533, as “smooth as silk.” Even though the […]

22 July 2015

China Huaneng Group’s first offshore wind project entered construction phase when the 105-tonne monopile foundation was installed offshore Baxianjiao, Rudong late last month. The 300MW Rudong offshore wind farm will comprise 50 turbines of 4MW and 20 turbines of 5MW covering an area of 82 square kilometres. The first batch of turbines is expected to […]

13 July 2015 Technology

Allswater has started working on the detailed design of the semi-submersible Triton Tidal Platform for Black Rock Tidal Power (BRTP), the company said Friday. The Triton Platform will host an array of Schottel Hydro turbines generating up to 2.5 MW of power. The first platform is planned for installation at the FORCE site at the Bay of […]

9 July 2015 Vessels

Blue Water Shipping Brest has assisted French company Sabella SAS with installing their D10 tidal turbine on the seabed off Ushant Island, which is located 30 kilometers off the western tip of Bretagne, France. The installation of the tidal turbine took place during May and June and Blue Water Brest assisted Sabella on the full […]

23 June 2015

Matt Simpson, a Member of the Institute of Acoustics with over fifteen years experience, has joined Baker Consultants as Senior Underwater Noise Consultant. Baker Consultants’ expanding Marine team carries out marine mammal monitoring and underwater noise mitigation work for a range of projects, including offshore wind farms such as Borkum Riffgrund 1 and Gode Wind […]

23 June 2015 Environment, Technology

Supported by Vattenfall and Geosea, W3G Marine recently achieved an underwater noise reduction of 25dB in SEL (Sound Exposure Level) and 35dB in peak pressure using its patented HydroNAS™ system. The trial was conducted during the installation of a 5m diameter monopile with no energy restriction, using an S1200 hammer. The result confirms numerical modelling […]

16 June 2015 R&D

The Germany's Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) is inviting tenders for the establishment of a specialised information system for hydrophones. The development of the systems in close coordination with the acousticians is required as similar developments are missing in Europe so far. Underwater acoustics in the civilian sector focuses on research and development during […]

3 June 2015 Business & Finance

The significant growth continues for Blue Water Shipping, the company announced today, reporting that annual accounts for 2014 show an 11 per cent increase in turnover and an increase of 80 per cent on the bottom line compared to 2013. The total turnover for 2014 was DKK 4,980 bn (EUR 669 million). The company said: "We are in particular […]

2 June 2015 Grid Connection

The submarine electric cable that will link Sabella D10 tidal turbine to Ushant island's power grid has been installed.  The operation has been carried out between May 24th and 26th by BOURBON OFFSHORE SURF using the vessel L'Argonaute, a 69 meters long and 15 meters wide vessel usually used by French Navy for State missions […]

2 June 2015 R&D

FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility at Edinburgh University and Canadian marine turbulence specialists Rockland Scientific will work together to develop tank-scale turbulence measurement technology, which can also be deployed at sea, on both sides of the Atlantic. The two firms – which already completed a first round of technology testing in 2014 – announced the […]

1 June 2015 Environment

The developer of the 332 MW Nordsee One project has invited tenders for environmental monitoring and reporting during the construction phase of the offshore wind farm. The contract covers underwater sound monitoring, marine mammal monitoring and acoustic deterrence in accordance with BSH Standard 'Investigation of the Impact of Offshore Wind Turbines on the Marine Environment (StUK4)' […]

28 May 2015 Business & Finance

Following the recent news about Siemens 7MW turbine being installed in Østerild for field testing, Blue Water Shipping reported that it had been in charge of the loading, shipping and discharging of the new turbine. The company handled nearly 420 tons of cargo with the largest unit weighing 155 tons. The units were discharged by combining the lifting capacity of […]

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, […]

12 May 2015 Business & Finance, Technology

ABPmer has been contracted by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) to create a Geographical Information Systems (GIS) tool that generates data to map the distribution of man-made continuous underwater noise in the south marine plan areas. The outputs of the tool will improve the MMO’s understanding of underwater noise. They may also inform marine planning […]

7 May 2015 R&D, Technology

ETI Offshore Renewables Programme Manager Andrew Scott presented at the Offshore Wind 4: Floating Turbines session at All-Energy 2015 on ‘the 2050 potential for floating foundations in UK waters’. In his presentation, Scott said that floating wind concept is not about going far offshore, but about making best use of good wind resources close enough […]

4 May 2015 Wind Farm Update

The first monopile foundation at Kentish Flats Extension was installed yesterday morning. GeoSea’s offshore wind installation vessel Neptune, carrying two foundations, arrived on site on Friday afternoon, while the construction kicked off later that evening. “This is a great start to the project and puts us nicely on schedule which is a good sign for […]

15 April 2015 Wind Farm Update

The first foundation was successfully installed at the Gode Wind Offshore Wind Farm in the German North Sea yesterday. With this project, DONG Energy is building Germany’s biggest offshore wind farm 45km from the mainland and around 33km from the islands Juist and Norderney. Trine Borum Bojsen, Managing Director from DONG Energy in Germany said: […]

7 April 2015 Training & Education

US offshore wind developer, Deepwater Wind, is currently accepting applications for paid 2015 summer internships. The internships will take place from June 15 to mid-August and will be based in Providence, Rhode Island. Deepwater Wind is interested in students who have completed their junior year or recently graduated with an engineering or environmental studies/science degree. […]

26 March 2015 R&D, Technology

The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) has recognised Lloyd's Register (LR) Consulting's poster “New Method for Accurate Prediction of Underwater Noise from Pile Driving” with the Best Poster Award in the joined category: Planning and Environment / Health and Safety. This LR Consulting-headed contribution was recognised above nine other posters at EWEA Offshore 2015. The work […]

26 March 2015 Business & Finance

MacArtney Group has  hired experienced engineer and underwater technology specialist, Tom Zezou, as it aims to bolster its system sales focus in Australia and New Zealand. According to Managing Director of all MacArtney Asia Pacific Operations, Steen Frejo, MacArtney Australia has come a long way since its inauguration in 2012. “While the Australia and New […]

24 March 2015 Authorities, Business & Finance, R&D, Technology

Scotland’s marine energy sector has benefited from WATERS funding of almost £3.7million to further test and develop new marine energy prototypes in the seas around Scotland. Awards have been made to three companies – Albatern, Nova Innovation and Sustainable Marine Energy – to support total project costs of £7million for the development of new wave […]

19 March 2015 Technology

Allard van Hoeken, Head of New Energy at Bluewater Energy Services, has been elected Engineer of the Year. The Prince Friso Engineers Prize at the University of Twente was handed to Van Hoeken by Martin van Pernis, President of the Royal Institute of Engineers (KIVI), in the presence of Princess Beatrix and Princess Mabel. The Institute […]