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.
MeyGen, today almost welcomed the Scottish Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing, to its site in Caithness. The minister was unable to make it to the site this afternoon due to 'travel disruptions'. Atlantis will now re-schedule The Ministers visit.
CWind, has today announced that it is providing corrosion protection services to Ballast Nedam at Butendiek Offshore Wind Farm (OWF). The service, which extends to all WTG foundations, commenced in May and is expected to complete in August.
Atlas Professionals has been chosen as the 1st tier supplier for Dutch-German transmission system operator TenneT for the supply of senior personnel to the North Sea.
Offshore WindForce, a joint venture between Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. and Volker Stevin International (VolkerWessels), has awarded Seajacks UK Limited the contract to provide the Seajacks Scylla, for the transport and installation of 67 monopiles at the consented Veja Mate 400MW wind farm.
The transmission system operator, TenneT has brought the fifth grid connection system DolWin1 into operation this year. This means that the offshore grid connections in the North Sea now achieve a transmission capacity of around 4,300 MW.
The first foundation has been installed on the US wind farm Block Island, its the first foundations to be installed into US waters and all went according to plan.
The ceremony saw SgurrEnergy partner with Chinese lidar manufacturer, OASIS, in a deal which will complement the company’s package of wind farm SgurrOptimiser services.
Rumours have speculated that the renewable transition company Mainstream Renewable Power is selling its stake in the 448MW wind farm Neart Na Gaoithe based off the coast of Scotland.
MMT has been granted a contract from DONG Energy Wind Power for UXO inspections and excavations of various contacts with option on disposal and removal at Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm, off the east coast of England.
Mike Unsworth is to join Tidal Lagoon Power in August as Delivery Director for the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon. He will support Andrew McNaughton in bringing the world’s first tidal lagoon power plant into service by leading the construction and commissioning activities of the project’s contractors.
Thursday 23 July saw senior representatives of Maersk Supply Service, DeepOcean UK and the Damen Shipyards Group gather at Damen Shipyards Galati, Romania to witness the launching of subsea support vessel Maersk Connector. The vessel is owned and operated by Maersk Supply Service and is built to contract for a seven year charter agreement with DeepOcean.
OWP Nordergründe GmbH & Co, a subsidiary of wpd AG awarded the contract for the supply and installation of subsea medium voltage cables to NSW. After the first contract was signed on 29th January 2015 the parties to the contract have finished the financial closing on 02nd June 2015.
The measures announced by the Department of Energy and Climate Change today raise more alarming questions for investors in low carbon, renewable technologies who are already struggling to finance projects after a series of sudden policy changes. The latest changes remove the current certainty ...
The UK Government promised that they would end the lack of clarity about the future of renewables, that they would deliver a clear statement of policy towards 2030 and how they will maintain and achieve their climate targets. They have decided to delay the announcement which was promised for this month for an indefinite period.
Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change is today announcing a package of reforms to take control of the costs of renewable electricity subsidies under the Levy Control Framework (LCF).
VBMS completed the repair of an inter-array cable at Trianel Windpark Borkum Phase 1. The scope of work included the removal of the defective cable, and installation, burial, terminations and testing of a replacement cable.
Having designed an innovative new oil recovery vessel, Gobbler’s MD Paul Jauncey approached GROW:OffshoreWind for funding to help get the boat into production. GROW:OSW provided £49k towards the cost of the plugs and moulds and the Gobbler Offshore 290 was launched on 4th June 2015.
Ofgem has decided to grant the FAB Link, IFA2 and Viking Link interconnectors a cap and floor regime in principle and subject to no material escalation in the costs as submitted to us to date by the project developers
The Energy and Climate Change Committee questioned the Secretary of State as part of the Committee’s inquiry into the Department of Energy and Climate Change's (DECC) priorities for 2015. During the questions from the committee Amber Rudd surprised industry watchers by casting doubt over a time frame for a second CfD round, or indeed if there would be one.
The Danish Energy Agency calls for applications for a special test scheme of 50 MW for new offshore wind technology. The deadline for applications is 15 October 2015 and the first commitments are expected to be assigned within the end of the year.
Lincolnshire County Council calls for a halt to the planning process for Triton Knoll Electrical system. The Church Of England, Local pressure groups, alongside representatives from the farming community, Parish councils, pressure groups and others square up to oppose the Triton Knoll Electrical system.
This morning on Twitter the CEO of Deepwater Wind announced that Block Island the very first wind farm in the US has started construction.
Nova Scotia is advancing its leadership position in the tidal industry with two new international research grants.
Ségolène Royal, French Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, designated four areas for the development of pilot farms for floating wind turbines in three different regions: Brittany, Languedoc-Roussillon and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. These four areas are considered the most favorable in terms of technical requirements and acceptability. They are..
– In the first half of 2015, another 422 offshore wind turbines, with a combined capacity of 1,765.3 megawatts went on line. Up to 30 June 2015 a total of 668 offshore turbines with an overall capacity of 2,777.8 megawatts fed power into the German grid.
Known for spotting the ‘next big thing’ in the technology sector, the MacRobert Award identifies outstanding innovation with proven commercial success. "The Artemis system is a massive leap forward. The team has done for hydraulic engines what James Watt did for steam engines. "The largest floating wind turbine in the world is to be powered with a Digital Displacement transmission.
Two 700 MVA power transformers were successfully delivered and installed on the platform based in the Warnemüde shipyard in Germany, operated by Nordic Yards.
Today OFGEM published their report "Electricity security of supply - A commentary on National Grid’s Future Energy Scenarios for the next three winters" and it was highlighted that its power interconnection with neighbours will be subject to a net import of 1.1 GW.
DeepOcean 1 UK Ltd., a subsidiary of DeepOcean Group Holding BV (DeepOcean), today announces that company has been awarded the inter array cable installation contract for the Bligh Bank Phase II Offshore Wind Farm offshore Belgium.
According to the announcements made yesterday, East Anglia 1 is expected to create up to 3000 jobs in total, and at least 50% of all content will be sourced in the UK. According to Jonathan Cole this is a "first" for the UK.
VBMS and consortium partner Prysmian Powerlink have been awarded a contract by Jersey Electricity for the supply and installation of an interconnector between Jersey, the largest Channel Island, and France.
The Trianel wind farm Borkum is on the grid and is producing electricity at full capacity. "Around a year after completion, all 40 turbines have been connected and are undergoing a test operation".
Seajacks UK has entered into contract with DONG Energy for the transportation and installation of all 87 wind turbines at the Walney Extension offshore wind farm.
Turbine Transfers has announced it has supplied a further vessel to support E.On at the Robin Rigg Wind Farm in the Solway Firth.
Following a rigorous tender process, ERSG recruitment, has – amongst other bidders – successfully won a 4 year supply agreement with TenneT, one of Europe’s top 5 transmission systems operators.
Navitus Bay today announced the creation of £8.6 million (€12.1 million) ($13.4 million) in funding for skills and supply chain engagement as part of its commitment to maximise the benefits felt across the South Coast from the proposed offshore wind park.
Offshore Marine Management (OMM) has been awarded a contract by RWE Innogy to deliver cable repair and an option for maintenance services to the German Nordsee Ost offshore wind farm.
Today, the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) unveiled two advanced underwater monitoring platforms, now in their final stages of testing in Dartmouth before sea trials in the Bay of Fundy.
Natural Power has been working alongside Tidal Lagoon Power on the Swansea Bay project – the world’s first tidal lagoon – which was granted planning permission last month.
EU countries have agreed to invest a total of €150 million for 20 cross-European energy infrastructure projects, mainly in Central Eastern and Southern Eastern Europe, and the Baltics.
The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult is asking offshore wind industry leaders to join a £1 million project aimed at tackling turbine blade leading edge erosion, one of the key operations and maintenance challenges facing the offshore wind sector.
The company has equipped its trenching vessel, Fugro Saltire, with a compact, custom-made, cable-lay spread that comprises a reel drive system to store the cables, a tensioner to lay them, twin winches and a quadrant deployment system on rails.
Contracts totalling €1.5billion have been awarded to build the NSN Link – the first electricity link between UK and Norway.
With HEAVYLIFT@SEA being a dedicated ship design office and SeaRenergy as a full service provider to the offshore industry, the new vessel benefits from best practice from both ship design and offshore experience.
Yesterday, the European Investment Bank (EIB) set forth a proposed €250 million for the backing of the 165MW Belgian Wind farm, Nobelwind. The project is expected to cost €650 million.
A Plaid Cymru government will deliver 100% of Wales’ electricity from renewables, the party’s Shadow Energy Minister Llyr Gruffydd has announced. He said that the Party of Wales will publish a route map towards generating 100% of Wales’ electricity needs from renewables by 2035 within 100 days of a Plaid Cymru government.
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D. has officially opened the UCC Beaufort Building in Ringaskiddy, which will provide Ireland with world-class infrastructure for renewable energy and maritime research to power the ‘blue economy’.
Lessons learned from the prolific increase in building workboats for the offshore wind farm sector can benefit the military user, according to CTruk CEO Andy White.
K2 Management is pleased to announce that Simon Luby, 42, has joined the company as Global Director, Due Diligence & Country Manager, MD (UK & Ireland).
Senators Tom Carper (Democrat-Delaware.) and Susan Collins (Republican-Maine) introduced the Incentivizing Offshore Wind Power Act, which would provide critical financial incentives to encourage investment in offshore wind energy.
Team Humber Marine Alliance (THMA), one of the UK's leading offshore and marine business development organisations, has welcomed Able UK’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with DONG Energy.
On 7th July, the meteorological mast, supported by a Mono Bucket foundation, at the Horns Rev 2 wind farm, Denmark, was successfully decommissioned. The met mast was no longer required at the Horns Rev 2 wind farm by the current owner Dong Energy.
Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has announced to island council leaders that he has received assurances of the UK Government’s commitment to continuing the Scottish Islands Renewable Delivery Forum (SIRDF).
Blue Water Shipping Brest has assisted French 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.
RWE Innogy has commissioned the Dutch company Fabricom Offshore Services BV to maintain the inter-array substation of the Nordsee Ost offshore wind farm for the next five years.
Group Ginger has been appointed by Dalby Offshore to design Yorkshire’s premier offshore, renewable centre, following a competitive tender. To be built on Endeavour Wharf, in the centre of historic Whitby, the new building(s) will house Dalby’s Headquarters and also will act as a combined centre for Operations and Maintenance, marine control, training and public exhibition.
Dudgeon Offshore Wind Ltd has awarded the contract to build its onshore operations and maintenance (O&M) base to East Anglian construction company R G Carter.
DONG Energy, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which could see a new major operational hub for DONG Energy at the Able Marine Energy Park (AMEP) for the construction and installation of offshore wind farms.
During September 2015, Bilfinger Mars Offshore (BMO) will start the production of 91 Transition Pieces (TPs), for the Race Bank offshore wind farm in the North Sea.
ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won a contract worth around $25 million from the electrical transmission system operator RTE France to supply transformer products and services to create safe, reliable grid connections for ongoing offshore wind power projects that will help boost France’s renewable energy supply.
Pile driving has begun on monopile "SB 62", marking the start of construction of the "Sandbank" wind farm 90 km off the coast of Sylt by Vattenfall and SWM. After the DanTysk offshore wind farm, Sandbank is now the second infrastructure project that Vattenfall and SWM are realizing together.
Oriel Windfarm Ltd. and Gaelectric Holdings plc have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to co-develop a significant offshore wind farm in the north Irish Sea. the Irish Sea and will commence with the development of a 15 MW demonstration project entailing an investment of €80million in a new research and development hub for offshore wind energy.
The Italian Council of State (Consiglio di Stato) has rejected an appeal from the City of Taranto, the project led by Beleolico Ltd. can now proceed to construction
Sustainable Marine Energy’s (SME) PLAT-O becomes the first tidal energy system to generate power off the south coast of England. In doing so, SME has demonstrated that the cost of tidal energy is rapidly coming down with systems like PLAT-O coming on stream.
A2SEA will provide their specialist purpose-built offshore installation vessel SEA CHALLENGER to install the 91 Siemens Wind Power 6MW turbines.
JDR, a provider of technology connecting the offshore energy industry, has been awarded a subcontract by Siem Offshore Contractors GmbH (“SOC”) to supply submarine composite power cables and related accessories as well as termination and testing services for the Veja Mate offshore wind farm (“OWF”).
The "BoDo Installer" is in Great Yarmouth picking up concrete mattresses ready to be used as cable protection and the "Neptune" has returned to Esbjerg in Denmark to collect three more set of turbines. After completing the array and export cables "Nostag" has been demobilised and left the site, All vessels are on schedule and should return to the site shortly.
The shareholders behind ESVAGT have today announced the sale of ESVAGT. 3i Infrastructure plc and AMP Capital, two international infrastructure investors, have entered into an agreement to jointly acquire 100% of Danish company ESVAGT from Maersk Group and ESE-Holding A/S. The sale amounts to a value of DKK 4.1bn equalling to approximately €553m (£392m).
Siemens will supply, install and commission 67 of its 6-megawatts direct drive offshore wind turbines with a total capacity of 402 megawatts at the Veja Mate Offshore wind power plant in the German North Sea.
SCHOTTEL HYDRO will manufacture and deliver the variable pitch hub for the AR1500 turbine for Phase 1a of the MeyGen tidal energy project under contract to Lockheed Martin.
DONG Energy has awarded an eight year framework agreement to the Fife-based Briggs Group for the contingency and repair of export and array cables for offshore wind farms throughout the UK and Northern Europe.
Specialised foundation construction company from Oldenburg and project shipping experts from Bremen bundle respective competencies and experiences in the joint application for and execution of large scale industrial projects.
The Alicat workboat built vessel is sister to the proven ‘Dalby Swale’ delivered to Dalby Offshore in June 2014, she has already worked on Greater Gabbard, and London Array Offshore Wind Farms.
Canada is emerging as an international leader in tidal energy research and technology development. Much of this development is happening right here, in Nova Scotia. The opportunity results from a number of key factors. First and foremost is the massive resource potential in the Bay of Fundy.
Wind Minds have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Korean company Doarm Engineering to develop offshore wind farms in South Korea.
The first part of the foundation installation for the Gode Wind Offshore Wind Farm in the German North Sea is completed.
DONG Energy has decided to make Siemens the preferred turbine supplier for the Hornsea Project One wind farm.
SgurrEnergy, has delivered full technical lenders’ due diligence to KfW IPEX and the European Investment Bank, in support of the achievement of financial close on the 110MW Nordergrunde offshore wind farm.
Alstom, DEME and Merkur Offshore sign a contract for the delivery and installation of 66 Haliade offshore wind turbines to be installed in Germany.
DBB Jack-Up’s new purpose-built vessel J/U WIND SERVER has just completed her first large commercial operation performing commissioning support during the turbine commissioning of the Borkum Riffgrund 1 project in the German North Sea.
Freddie S has just started supporting a Siemens retrofit project on the SSE operated Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm located on the East Coast of the UK.
The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult has today announced that it is in discussions with Samsung Heavy Industries about potentially acquiring the 7MW offshore wind turbine at Methil for research purposes.
Van Oord’s offshore installation vessel Aeolus has successfully installed Gemini wind project’s first monopile. The offshore wind project, one of the largest in the world, will consist of 150 monopiles. The project is expected to be fully operational by 2017 generating clean and renewable energy for 1.5 million people in the Netherlands.
With 19 financial investors, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) establishes its new investment fund, Copenhagen Infrastructure II K/S. The investors have given a total commitment of approximately DKK 14.7 bn (EUR ~2bn).
Westermost Rough – the first offshore wind farm in the world to make commercial use of giant Siemens 6MW turbines with 75 metre blades - has been officially opened at a ceremony in Grimsby today.
Atlantis is pleased to announce that it has, through a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, today completed the acquisition of Marine Current Turbines Limited from Siemens AG in an all share deal, conditional upon admission of the consideration shares.
Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay Plc will today begin the tendering process for three main operations and maintenance (O&M) contract packages to support the £1billion Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon.
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