Australian shipbuilder Strategic Marine has started 2012 strongly, signing contracts to build eight 20 metre offshore wind farm
crew transfer vessels (including options) for the European market.
The company will also be establishing a Service Network in Europe to support the vessels it will be supplying to clients in the region.
The vessels will be managed by Njord Offshore, a subsidiary of Norse Management UK, which has a long history in the marine industry.
Strategic Marine's Chief Marketing Officer, Terry O'Connor said the 20 metre catamarans were designed by world-renowned ship designer
BMT Nigel Gee and will be built at the company’s Singapore shipyard.
"We are absolutely thrilled that the management team at Njord Offshore chose Strategic Marine to build their fleet of offshore
wind farm support vessels," Mr O'Connor said.
"The signing of these contracts fulfils our aim of entering the rapidly expanding offshore wind farm support vessel market in Europe
and sets us on our ultimate path to become the market leader for this type of vessel.
"Strategic Marine has a vast amount of experience in building boats for the offshore oil and gas sector, which we can draw-on to
provide high quality, high speed, reliable vessels to meet the needs of the offshore wind farm industry."
When delivered later this year, the multipurpose vessels will be among the most sophisticated in the market, built to DNV Class
Rules (+IAI HSLC R2 Wind Farm Service 1). Each vessel will be powered by twin MTU 8V2000M72 engines and be capable of speeds in excess
of 25 knots.
Tom Mehew, commercial Director of Njord Offshore said the company was delighted to be building its vessels with Strategic Marine.
"The vessels' design and features incorporate feedback from all levels of the European offshore windfarm industry and we believe that
Strategic Marine's experience in building high speed, high quality aluminium craft, makes it the ideal partner to deliver these vessels."
BMT Nigel Gee’s Technical Director, Ed Dudson said: "The signing of these contracts cements the Teaming Agreement between Strategic Marine
and BMT Nigel Gee in September 2011.
"This 20 metre boat is the first in a range of offshore wind farm support vessels developed specifically for Strategic Marine. The
design is based on a well proven hull form that encompasses excellent fuel economy as well as superior seakeeping," Mr Dudson said.
James Fisher Offshore Ltd, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, announces that it has reached an agreement with KPMG in Scotland to acquire a number of subsea assets free from encumbrances from Specialist Subsea Services Limited.
ABPmer, a recognised provider of metocean information to the offshore sector, has extended its SEASTATES service to include the Baltic Sea.
Siemens has supplied, installed and commissioned 80 wind turbines for the 288-megawatt project, each designed to generate 3.6 megawatts of power and equipped with a 120-meter rotor. Now Siemens wind turbines with a total capacity of over 1 gigawatt feed offshore wind power into Germany's power grid.
Kentish Flats, located off the coast of Kent, is undergoing an extension.
The nacelles and blades scheduled to be fitted end of June/July.
The Group is not liable for the costs regarding the grouted connections on the Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm project.
Government introduced legislation yesterday, April 29, to ensure marine renewable energy projects are developed in a responsible manner to respect the environment and the interests of local communities.
The wind turbine manufacturer Senvion SE, previously part of the Indian group Suzlon Energy Limited, has changed owners.
The depth of knowledge about the geology of Dogger Bank has increased through the surveys undertaken by Forewind as part of its environmental impact assessment process, and outlined in a recently published summary factsheet.
Today the Planning Inspectorate released comments made by local organisations affected by the Swansea Tidal Lagoon, organisations such as Fish Legal, Whale and Dolphin Conservation and Natural Resource Wales all had concerns towards the construction of the lagoon. Severn River Trust raised its issues over the tidal lagoon saying that the construction of not just only the Swansea Lagoon but the Cardiff Lagoon and Western Somerset Lagoon would disturb the migration of certain fish.
Two E.ON offshore wind farms are gradually coming online, further increasing the economic significance of the company’s renewables business. Humber Gateway began exporting power to the U.K. grid at the end of February.
Oceanteam Shipping is pleased to announce that the 100 percent owned subsidiary RentOcean has successfully signed a EUR 15 million revolving term loan facility provided by NIBC Bank N.V. The facility matures in 3 years after the facility start date.
Karlsruhe. The EnBW offshore wind farm Baltic 2 has reached the next milestone. Last weekend the first kilowatt hour of electricity was generated and fed into the grid. By now EnBW Baltic 2 is connected to the grid with 8 plants.
Atlantis, a global leader in the tidal power sector, is pleased to announce that it has reached agreement to acquire the entire issued share capital of the Bristol based tidal business, Marine Current Turbines Limited, (“MCT”) from Siemens AG (“Siemens”) in an all share deal. The acquisition is conditional upon certain conditions precedent being satisfied.
ABB has secured an electrical services contract to service 54, 3.6 MW offshore wind turbine generators on Lynn & Inner Dowsing offshore windfarm (LID) located three miles off the coast of Lincolnshire, England.
Andrew McNaughton, FREng, CEng, FICE, is joining Tidal Lagoon Power as Director of Engineering and Construction and will oversee the technical development of world-leading British infrastructure to harness power from the rise and fall of the tides.
On Saturday morning the first two foundations sets were lifted on board Osprey Carrier II barge (featured photo). With the barge fully loaded it was towed to Vlissingen in the Netherlands where the first load out will take place.
HiDef Aerial Surveying Limited (HiDef) is pleased to announce the agreement of a further year’s contract to deliver high-resolution digital video aerial survey services to Centrica Energy’s Lincs Wind Farm.
DONG Energy is officially opening its operation management centre at Norddeich harbour today in the presence of the Parliamentary State Secretary Enak Ferlemann (Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure).
DEME has just confirmed its order for two new trailing suction hopper dredgers to enhance its fleet. Built according to a 'green' design the two vessels will have a 'Green Passport' and a 'Clean Design' notation.
DONG Energy is seeking the 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.
Strainstall, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, is pleased to announce the successful completion of the world’s first Intelligent Fender System trial with energy companies SSE and RWE at their Suffolk based wind farm, Greater Gabbard.
Siemens has handed over SylWin1, the third North Sea grid connection this year, to its customer TenneT. The German-Dutch transmission grid operator has now put the world's most powerful grid connection to date into commercial operation.
From autumn 2016, A2SEA will play a key role in building the 258MW Burbo Bank Extension Offshore Wind Farm in the UK for DONG Energy.
Dominion Power has decided to delay its bid for construction due to doubled costs. The proposed build 'VOWTAP' was expected to cost near $200 million (£132.2m) (€184.8m) however, recent estimates have valued the build at $400 million(£264.4m) (€369.6m) causing delays for a final bid.
DONG Energy recently decided to construct the offshore wind farm, located 8 km off the United Kingdom coast in Liverpool Bay. It is the world’s first offshore wind project to be built using energy yield calculations based on wind resource data collected from a floating lidar (FLiDAR).
More than half of the turbines at Trianel Borkum offshore wind farm were connected up yesterday, the project has been producing power since February, the connection was made back in December.
The 219MW wind farm Humber Gateway has installed all of its 73 Vestas V112-3.0MW turbines, 44 out of the 73 are generating power. Array cabling still needs to happen and will be connected up before the end of summer.
SABELLA, which latest tidal turbine, SABELLA D10, will very soon operate in the same location and is equipped with FMGC ballast foundation, supported the test phase
A UK supplier has successfully completed one of the largest seabed investigation campaigns in the history of the offshore wind industry in preparation for DONG Energy's 1.2 gigawatt Hornsea Project One project.
Vattenfall are preparing themselves for the installation of the array and export cables on the 49.5MW extension. Cables will commence load out onto the vessels in Nordenham in Germany on 1 May.
Thanet OFTO has today confirmed that they have made a commitment with both Balfour Beatty Power Transmission & Distribution and Briggs Marine, to carry out the wind farms cable repairs.
Gardline has announced plans to reconfigure and refurbish two of their 20m crew transfer vessels. Following the work, the vessels’ foredeck will be extended by 2.2 meters and a two tier wheelhouse will be added allowing for greater visibility as well as capacity foran increased cargo height of 3m. Both vessels will be launched Q4 2015.
German Renewable Shipbrokers is bringing a british freight ferry as an accommodation vessel into the offshore renewables market.
Advanced power services (APS) have been involved with UK Rail Infrastructure for many years as electrical installation contractors, APS is now expanding into market sectors such as renewable energy, including solar and wind farms.
AXYS Technologies Inc. (AXYS) has achieved a world-first that is likely to become the new standard in floating LiDAR devices by deploying a dual ZephIR 300 arrangement on the leading WindSentinel buoy.
Jan De Nul Group has secured two contracts with Dong Energy to execute cable installation works for the Burbo Bank Extension Offshore Wind Farm in Liverpool Bay. A first one for the installation of the export cables, and a second one for the installation of the infield cables.
Alstom has been awarded a three-year service contract by Statkraft for the substations of the 317 MW Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm, located off the coast of North Norfolk, England.
Regen SW has today written to MPs and Parliamentary candidates in the south west urging them to support the development of a world-leading renewable energy industry in the next Parliament by signing the South West Renewable Energy 2015 General Election Manifesto.
The first seven employment opportunities for managers and engineers to be based from the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm O&M [Operations and Maintenance] base in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk have just been posted on the Statoil website, Statoil being the operator for both the construction and operational phases of this 402 MW offshore power plant.
CTruk has won an order for two more of its 22m multi-purpose catamaran Wind Farm Service Vessels (WFSVs). Both will be delivered to leading offshore wind service supplier CWind this summer as the first-of-class CWind Sword continues to impress on the EnBW Baltic 2 Offshore Wind Farm in Germany.
SME will be taking on one of the berths at the Fall of Warness tidal test site where it will deploy five PLAT-O systems in an array over the next two years. This array will host SCHOTTEL SIT turbines and will deliver almost 1MW capacity.
ELA Container Offshore GmbH delivered 7 Living Quarters and 2 Stairway Containers to Tiefbau GmbH Unterweser in Oldenburg. Each ELA Living Quarter generates living space for two people with a shared sanitary unit and is additionally equipped with high quality LCD televisions.
CWind has today announced that it has placed an order for four new crew transfer vessels from Aluminium Marine Consultants (AMC), a shipbuilding and consulting company based on the Isle of Wight. The order consists of two 23m aluminium catamarans and two 26m aluminium catamarans.
Tidal Transit’s personnel transfer vessel (PTV) Tia Elizabeth is following its sister vessel, Kitty Petra, to fulfill a contract at Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farm off the Welsh coast.
Alicat Workboats Ltd., builders of Aluminium Workboats and Wind Farm Crew Transfer Vessels (CTV’s), has delivered the third of class Alicat 21m, ‘Iceni Conquest’ to Iceni Marine Services Ltd., also of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.
EMEC has procured an electrolyser to convert power generated at its tidal test site in Orkney to hydrogen fuel. The ground-breaking new project will pilot the storage of electricity from different forms of renewables, overcoming island grid constraints.
Gode Wind Offshore Wind Farm project starts foundation installation in the German North Sea.
Fugro has been contracted by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, to execute the geotechnical site investigation and geological modelling of sites I and II of the future Borssele wind farm park. The 1,400MW wind farm zone is located off the Zealand coast at the southern border of the Dutch EEZ.
Responding to the Conservatives' election manifesto launch today, RenewableUK’s Deputy Chief Executive Maf Smith said:
“The Conservatives’ manifesto spectacularly fails to recognise the high level of support among ordinary voters for onshore wind, which stays consistently at two-thirds of the British public.
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 revolutionary new material jointly developed by FoundOcean and BASF.
With UK government elections just over three weeks away, the major parties have been launching their election manifestos this week. So what do they have to say on renewable energy policy? Not that much, it would seem.
Located in Southampton, United Kingdom, the office has been created to support a growing European client base and meet the demand for Incat Crowther’s products and services in the region.
Global wind and solar company, Mainstream Renewable Power, today announced that its 448 megawatt offshore wind farm in Scotland will use two recently launched technologies which are set to decrease costs, reduce construction and operational risk, improve safety and ultimately provide the cheapest electricity ever produced by a UK offshore wind farm.
Gamesa has begun the task of assembling its prototype G132-5.0 MW turbine, which will be equipped with one of the world's largest onshore rotors. To this end it has replaced the blades of the G128-5.0 MW, which has been in operation at the R&D facility in Alaiz (Navarre, Spain)
South Boats IOW Ltd has delivered its second of class South Cat 26m, ‘Seacat Courageous’ to Seacat Services Ltd., also of Cowes, Isle of Wight.
In response to oil and gas industry cost saving initiatives Gardline today announces, with immediate effect, the streamlining and amalgamation of both the geotechnical and geophysical services into one company, Gardline Geosurvey Limited.
Germany's first floating offshore foundation, the GICON® SOF, has cleared an important hurdle on the
way to the installation and testing phase by receiving its construction and operating license from the
State Department of Agriculture and Environment of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
Dalby Vessels Wharfe, Aire & Humber have won a contract to work on the Greater Gabbard Wind Farm for Client SSE, modifying the Davits on 117 Turbines. The contract is set to last until the end of 2015.
Starting this week, transmission system operators in Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Austria are conducting a common tender for primary control power for the first time.
Today the first BlueTEC Tidal Energy platform was formally named by the Mayor of Texel, the Netherlands. The floating platform, which holds tidal turbines below the sea surface, will soon be positioned near the island of Texel – supplying clean electricity to the Dutch grid.
Leading renewables businesses and industry figures are backing the Offshore Wind Connections 2015 conference and exhibition to be held on June 4 at the Spa, Bridlington. Mark O’Reilly, chairman of the business development organisation THMA, said: “OWC2015 comes at a crucial juncture in the region’s offshore wind development, and will have a focus on Yorkshire and the Humber region.
During March 2015, Atlantis confirmed an order with The Switch for an integrated PM medium-speed generator that resulted from a successfully completed pre-design project carried out in 2014.
Last month Rix Sea Shuttle was awarded a contract to provide the Rix Panther crew transfer vessel at an offshore wind farm construction site off the East coast.
A letter was sent last night by EWEA stating the importance of over seas collaboration for the North seas grid. The letter was written in time for the energy council in Luxembourg next week. It raises concerns about the possible reduction in fossil fuels and potential for Europe's offshore wind energy in 2030.
Atlantic Marine's new vessel, Atlantic Enterprise, is due to arrive in Tilbury dock early afternoon on Wednesday 8 April. Atlantic Enterprise is a 6400t vessel which is be operated as a new class of offshore mothership, floatel and accommodation vessel. She will remain in the dock for around three weeks while work is carried out including the installation of a DP2 system.
DONG Energy has agreed to take over RES Americas Developments Inc.’s (RES) more than 1000MW newly assigned development project rights off the coast of Massachusetts.
Global certification, inspection and testing group Bureau Veritas and the Spanish Maritime Institute (IME) are looking to raise standards of training and education in the offshore wind industry with a new Masters in Marine Renewables Energy course, starting 11th May 2015 in the second edition.
Osiris, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has successfully completed a long-term project started in spring 2014, carrying out a wide-range of services with cross-trained personnel on the 219MW wind farm, Humber Gateway, based 8km off the Holderness coast in East Yorkshire.
BMT Nigel Gee (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group, is pleased to announce the successful completion of sea trials for Njord Odin, the first of a series of advanced 26m windfarm support vessels (WSV) for Njord Offshore. Developed from BMT’s well-established range of WSVs, these are the largest BMT designed vessels built to date.
The first 3.0MW Vestas turbine has been installed at Eneco's Luchterduninen today, all parts for the first 8 turbines have been loaded onto Van Oords 'Aeolus' to be installed within the next couple of days.
The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) has become a member of the Nagasaki Marine Industry Cluster Promotion Association (NaMICPA), a non-profit organisation, to help support the development of marine renewables in Japan and stimulate further collaboration between the two countries.
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