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.
The MPC22 WFSV CWind Spirit was officially named at a ceremony in Ipswich. It is the second of two ordered by CWind.
September 2015 the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm's emergency response procedures in handling a major offshore incident will be tested.
In preparation of the ECOFIN ministers formally adopting their position on the 2016 EU draft budget, LERU announced their wishes for the Horizon 2020 budget to be respected.
Through the collaboration of their subsidiaries, Atlas Professionals completed the acquisition of a 100% interest in Subserv Pro Ltd (SSP) and ORCA Offshore Ltd (ORCA).
The WaveCraft Offshore Service Vessel, Umoe Firmus, will be chartered by Tidal Transit following a Ship Management contract with Umoe Unda.
Further investment by Precision Drilling has helped it win a raft of new construction and demolition jobs stemming from increased offshore wind contracts.
Government planning inspectors are set to hold a preliminary meeting meeting today with regards to the installation of 40 miles of onshore electrical cables from the Tritton Knoll offshore wind farm.
Following it's ten-day operational trial, EnBW Baltic 2 will be offcially put into operation 21 September 2015. The ceremony will be held on the Gorch Fock 1, Stralsund at 09:30 local time.
MPI workboats has increased its presence at the Sheringham Shoal offshore windfarm. The MPI snowball and MPI Napoleon have been set to task to provide crew transfer to the site alongside the current two CTVs working on site.
Global Tech I is an excellent example of why the epicentre of the offshore wind industry lies off the coast of northern Germany according to Bremen Mayor, stating "offshore wind power occupies centre stage in the climate policies of the German government. It is an important precondition to achieve the CO2 reduction goals that have been set and it is absolutely imperative for the successful phasing out of nuclear energy.
The third offshore summit has taken place at the premises of Sail Sassnitz. Some of the widely recognised companies in the offshore wind energy sector were present which allowed members of the public to express and discuss their fears and opinions of the industry and current and future projects.
TenneT have mapped the export cable route for the Borssele wind farm zone.
Johannes Remmel, Minister for Climate Protection, Environment, Agriculture, Conservation and Consumer Protection of North Rhine-Westphalia, has put into operation the Trianel Wind Farm Borkum.
Bladt's final loadout, for the Gode Wind offshore wind farm, has been completed. The transition pieces were manufactured and loaded at Bladt's facility in Aalborg, Denmark.
A new type of sensor could soon be installed on the blades of subsea tidal turbines to monitor the interaction between marine life and renewable energy installations, as a result of a new collaborative project involving the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult and CENSIS.
DONG Energy and ESG have just completed one of the most comprehensive pile testing campaigns ever. Initial results show great cost reduction potential for the offshore wind industry.
Navitus Bay Development Ltd has named ABS Group Ltd as the 'Preferred Supplier' for a multi-year project certification contract by for the proposed Navitus Bay Wind Park project in the United Kingdom.
Van Oord has successfully installed the two Offshore High Voltage Stations (OHVS) and first 77 transition pieces at the Dutch Gemini Wind Park. The realisation of the large offshore wind project construction is proceeding as planned.
Summer build of Vattenfall’s Kentish Flats Extension has finishing line in sight
Vattenfall, the Swedish state-owned European energy company, has produced first power for the National Grid from its 15 turbine extension to the Kentish Flats Offshore Wind Farm.
RWE Innogy UK expects to reach financial close for the Galloper offshore wind farm by October, if not the end of this year.
Ecofys has assessed the offshore wind climate for the Borssele offshore wind farm zone in the Dutch North Sea.
According to the company Arise, a group of Swedish wind power companies and landowners believe a separate new support system for offshore wind power is an expensive as well as unnecessary way to increase the share of renewable energy in Sweden.
Aberdeenshire Council today approved an application by a Scandinavian consortium for an electricity converter station and underground cables near Peterhead for the NorthConnect interconnector.
Oceanteam as it confronts a prolonged downturn and the volatility in the oil and gas market, it is facing up to the pressure on the sector by broadening its focus to different key areas. According to them this diversification strategy allows company to maintain and improve its performance, even during challenging market conditions.
Governor Kate Brown today announced the formation of the WindFloat Pacific Offshore Wind Advisory Committee in order to identify smart solutions for Oregon's economy through the burgeoning offshore wind energy industry.
End of week 32, the first two monopile entry systems (Pro-MES) have been successfully installed by Van Oord, at Gemini OWF project.
Turbine Transfers has appointed Andy Nattrass as Customer and Business Development Manager.
According to local press seven bombs have been found on the seabed of The Wash at the Race Bank offshore wind farm site.
CWind, a leading provider of integrated services to the wind industry, has today announced that it has won a 3-year contract to supply crew transfer services during the operations and maintenance (O&M) phase at Gunfleet Sands offshore wind farm (OWF) off the coast of Essex.
Dalby Offshore Services, in conjunction with Scarborough Borough Council, is developing Endeavour Wharf, Whitby to become a key Operations and Maintenance centre for the Offshore Wind industry.
MPI Offshore is pleased to announce that its wind-turbine-installation vessel MPI Enterprise has completed its first charter under MPI ownership.
Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm has reached a ground-breaking moment with the start of construction of the onshore substation in Heysham, Lancashire.
Today MHI Vestas Offshore Wind signed a conditional contract with DONG Energy for delivery of V164-8.0 MW turbines for the 450 MW Borkum Riffgrund 2 project in Germany.
A recent study performed by the National Wind Technology Centre (NWTC) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is helping Norway-based Statoil prepare for the installation of what has the potential to be the world’s first multi-turbine floating offshore array..
Fugro has undertaken successful trials of its new GeoWing, a system designed to detect low ferrous content unexploded ordnance (UXO) items in challenging marine environments.
VBMS has been awarded a contract by E.ON for the installation of two 16 kilometre-long export cables for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm. The 150kV HVAC cables will transport the power ashore from the 400 MW wind farm to the onshore cable in Brooklands Pleasure Park in Worthing, South East England.
Ofgem published today its cost assessment for the West Of Duddon Sands transmission assets, originally budgeted at £311 million (€432 million) and despite asking for £296.7 million (€412.4 million), Ofgem and its advisors knocked the developers cost assessment down to...
Today, DONG Energy acquired the Hornsea zone and the project rights to Hornsea Project Two and Three, which have the potential of 3 gigawatts (GW) offshore wind capacity.
Ofgem today completed the second tender round of its Offshore Transmission Owner (OFTO) regime. It granted West of Duddon Sands (WoDS) Transmission plc a licence to own and operate the £269 million ($421million) (€371million) transmission link to the West of Duddon Sands offshore wind farm.
The installation of the foundations for the offshore wind farm project Gode Wind is progressing successfully. In a few weeks, the last of the 97 foundations will be installed.
Yesterday, Windcat Workboats MD, Neil Clarkson, formally handed over Windcat 38 to its new client - SSE’s Head of Offshore Wind Generation, Steve Rose. SSE has chartered the vessel to work on Great Gabbard OWF. The presentation of the newly built 19m vessel took place at Windcat’s new marine engineering facility in Lowestoft, UK.
Weeks ahead of schedule, the first can for the Burbo Bank Extension project is done. In total, 144 cans will be rolled at Offshore Structures (Britain)’s site by the Teesside River in the UK.
Today the first HV Substation was installed on the Gemini offshore wind farm, Rambiz was used to place the mega structure onto its jacket foundation.
Offshore maintenance contractors Offshore & Wind Assistance (OWA) and EWE Offshore Service & Solutions GmbH (EWE-OSS) will use their combined skill in the coming years to ensure that the Gemini offshore wind park operates smoothly.
West of Duddon Sands, a joint venture owned by DONG Energy (50%) and ScottishPower Renewables (50%) today announced that it has signed an agreement for the sale of transmission assets to WoDS Transmission plc.
Energinet.dk is planning the replacement of two sections of the submarine cable to the Anholt offshore wind farm during September and October.
The first of 82 A-frames has been completed and is ready for the next step in the fabrication process for Iberdrola's 350MW Wikinger Offshore Wind Farm.
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 consist of a monopile and a transition piece.
The construction of the 48 Siemens wind turbines for near-shore wind farm Westermeer Wind in the IJsselmeer has started. Today the first tower was placed on the earlier (in May) completed foundation.
DONG Energy A/S released their first half financial report for 2015. Reporting an increase of DKK 1.4 billion from last years first half.
A fund of more than £19 million (€26.98million) ($29.75million) has been made available from the Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm to communities in the coastal areas of Conwy, Denbighshire and Flintshire.
The third offshore project by 50Hertz gets official opening of the construction programme for the Ostwind 1 offshore submarine grid project in the presence of the Prime Minister Erwin Sellering.
The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator has completed the analysis of data gathered from the pioneering £2 million measurement campaign at E.ON’s Rødsand 2 wind farm, and has now launched a call for Expressions of Interest from other organisations who want to access and continue research of the data.
Work to install the latest generation of Tekmar Energy’s TekLink cable protection system (CPS) has started on the Gemini project in the Dutch North Sea.
DNV GL, independent energy organisation and certification body, is supporting energy solutions and transport company Alstom, through the process of achieving Prototype Certification of its innovative tidal turbine OceadeTM 18 - 1.4 MW.
CWind has announced that it is now providing corrosion protection, latchway inspections and snagging to Dong Energy at Borkum Riffgrund 1 offshore wind farm (OWF) in addition to the temporary power services it supplied earlier this year.
The two Gemini substations "Buitengaats" and "ZeeEnergie" have left the Hoboken yard, near Antwerp, to begin their journey towards the Gemini offshore wind farm.
The German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency - BSH has, on schedule, decided on the fate of the 50Hertz Ostwind 1 offshore cable project. Ostwind 1 represents the submarine cable route in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) for the grid connection needed to support both the Wikinger and Arkona Offshore wind projects.
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) have announced the funding of MAXFARM, a three-year project to improve the reliability, lifespan and efficiency of offshore wind farms.
Dalby Offshore has acquired a high specification Damen 2610 mark 2 Twin Axe vessel from Bhagwan in Australia, where the vessel was operating since delivery in 2013.
Only a few days after announcing the project, Siemens senior management and political leaders gathered in Cuxhaven for a signing ceremony for the planned facility.
SeaPlanner has been selected by E.ON to help manage the operations and maintenance (O&M) phase of the Humber Gateway offshore wind farm through its software system.
The DONG Energy owned and operated wind farm, located seven miles offshore west of Walney Island, Barrow-on-Furness, has signed a contract with Barrow-based supplier Elevated Systems Technology (EST) Ltd.
3sun Group, provider of products and services to the global energy industry, has further enhanced its offering by launching a fully comprehensive asset integrity service.
With the construction of new large-scale wind farms combined with the remaining gas, the North Sea remains an important energy source for the Netherlands. Kamp: "Offshore wind farms will supply electricity within the next eight years to more than 5 million households, ....
The 78 metre offshore wind turbine rotor blade from the US has arrived today at the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult’s test, demonstration and research centre in Blyth, Northumberland, ahead of a planned six month testing programme.
ENGIE which was previously known as GDF, is setting out to double its renewable energy involvement within France by 2016.
An innovative multi-mattress deployment system, which entered the offshore market earlier this month, has successfully completed its first contract on Gode Wind in the German North Sea.
CWind has been awarded a contract for the supply of two crew transfer vessels to the London Array offshore wind farm (OWF) supporting operation and maintenance (O&M) activities.
Back in July we reported on UK's OFGEM's decision NOT to grant the Greenlink Power Interconnector project a Cap and Floor regime - the UK's new regulatory regime designed to support the development of electricity interconnectors. Today they announced that they had reviewed
Vattenfall has announced that the final the last of the15 MHI Vestats V112 3.3MW has been installed at the Kentish Flats Extension site. GeoSea's Neptune jack up vessel completed the installation on schedule and is leaving the site.
Navitus Bay has today reached an agreement with The Crown Estate to hand back the remaining, unused parts of the original wind farm development zone.
Tekmar Energy's TekTube system was installed for the first time on an offshore project. TekTube was successfully installed on Westermeerwind near-shore wind farm in the Netherlands.
Blade Dynamics is shipping the “D78” advanced assembly blade to the UK from its NASA-based facility to be structurally tested at the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult’s blade testing facility at Blyth, UK.
The first 4 turbines for Gode Wind 1 + 2 left Esbjerg last Thursday, Saturday the first turbine was installed on the site.
ABB achieved an important project milestone, the installation of the DolWin beta. The 320-kilovolt converter station, housed on an offshore platform, has a 916 megawatts (MW) power transmission capacity, enough to power more than 1,000,000 households with clean energy.
The Danish Energy Agency (DEA) has extended the EIA public hearing deadline for the Sæby nearshore wind farm. The new deadline for comments is 24 August, 2015.
ScottishPower Renewables and Vattenfall have agreed to independently take forward offshore windfarm projects within the East Anglia Zone. This follows on from industry-wide changes agreed with The Crown Estate, which will see ‘zone development agreements’ replaced with project specific agreements.
The Crown Estate announced today the first series of agreements reached with offshore wind developers, including EDF Energy Renewables, Eneco Wind UK Limited (Eneco) and Forewind Limited, to replace their previous zone development agreements with project specific agreements.
President Barack Obama aims to reduce USA power plant emissions by about a third. German Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks has welcomed the fact that the USA is accepting the challenges posed by climate change.
RenewableUK, the wind, wave and tidal energy trade association, says figures from the International Monetary Fund show that fossil fuels are still getting billions of pounds in subsidies every year from the UK Government while it is cutting financial support for renewable energy.
Law firm Eversheds has successfully advised the Forewind consortium on the second phase of Dogger Bank Teesside A & B offshore wind farm – making it one of the largest energy projects to receive planning consent in the UK.
Wildlife surveys by HiDef Aerial Surveying played a crucial role in today’s granting of permission to build the UK’s largest offshore wind farm almost 100 miles into the North Sea.
Rix Sea Shuttle will take delivery of a 27.4 metre ship made by French company Piriou in April, 2016.
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