DEME’s offshore marine engineering subsidiary GeoSea has received the ‘Notice to Proceed’ for fabrication and offshore installation of 16 wind turbine foundations and 1 offshore transformer module (OTM) for the EnBW Albatros offshore wind farm.The Albatros offshore wind farm is located in the so-called “exclusive economic zone” of the North Sea, in the immediate vicinity of the EnBW wind farms Hohe See and He Dreiht, approximately 90 km north of the island of Borkum in the German North Sea. The project will cover an area of around 11 square kilometers with water depths of up to 40 meters and will feature 16 turbines of type Siemens SWT-7.0-154 with a total installed capacity of 112 megawatts.The design of the offshore foundations for the Albatros wind farm is based on monopole and transition piece foundations. Fabrication of the foundations is foreseen in 2017/2018 whilst offshore installation will take place in 2018 together with the offshore installation of the EnBW Hohe See offshore wind farm.Christopher Iwens, general manager of DEME’s German subsidiaries: “We see the award of the Albatros project as a recognition by our Clients of our continuous strive for efficiency and synergies in the execution of projects. Our presence in Germany also strengthens our relationships with all our German partners and as offshore foundation specialist we are proud to support Siemens in the entry to the German offshore wind market with the Siemens Offshore Transformer Module (OTM). The Albatros contract gives continuity to our project portfolio in Germany and will be handled by our local project team of experts from our regional offices in Bremen.”
UK and Chinese researchers are set to collaborate on five projects to develop the next generation offshore renewable energy (ORE) technologies.The three-year collaborative initiative will tackle key challenges affecting the development of tidal, wave, and offshore wind systems to maximize their environmental and socio-economic benefits.The projects will seek to determine where the best energy resource is available and where would be best to implement ORE technologies, and inform the development of technology so that structures are resilient to extreme events such as typhoons and earthquakes.The work will also focus on the advancement of virtual prototyping in the design and optimization of ORE power take-off (PTO) systems, and on tackling challenges related to the integration of different offshore technologies into multi-purpose platforms.The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) are supporting the projects with almost £4 million of funding, which will be distributed from the Newton Fund.The National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) is providing the funding for all of the projects, as part of the Joint UK-China Offshore Renewable Energy program.Duncan Wingham, NERC’s Chief Executive, said: “This research will develop the potential of offshore renewable energy technologies, integrating environmental science to provide a better understanding of the energy resources, the sustainable development of ORE systems and where best to locate and deploy these systems to ensure a stable power supply with minimal environmental impact.”Richard Harrington, Minister for Energy and Industry, added: “This £4 million investment will support collaborative research into the next generation of offshore technologies with one of our largest global trading partners, unlocking further opportunities for projects across the UK and the rest of the world.”
In an effort to speed up innovation and co-creation on new business models, including intelligent vessels, Finland’s technology group Wärtsilä has opened the first of four Digital Acceleration Centres (DAC).The first such centre was launched in Helsinki, Finland on October 11, the second will open in December in Singapore and two further acceleration centres, one in Central Europe and one in North America, are anticipated during 2018. In addition “pop-up” DACs will be tested around the globe, the company said.Opening DACs is an integral part of Wärtsilä’s digital transformation, designed to shift the company towards a data-driven, insights led, smart technology firm that enables sustainable societies.“The Digital Acceleration Centre is all about getting business outcomes at pace. By adopting a start-up mind-set, we can rapidly prototype ideas with customers; including the use of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, block chain and virtual reality,” Marco Ryan, Wärtsilä’s Chief Digital Officer, said.Wärtsilä’s first Digital Acceleration Centre in Helsinki has already been running as a beta version for a couple of months and several projects have been accelerated there with different partners. Current projects include co-creation with one of major cruise companies. One of the greatest successes incubated so far in the Helsinki DAC is Wärtsilä’s Intelligent Vessel Strategy.“The Digital Acceleration Centre shows its true power in such complex concepts like Intelligent Vessels. In a matter of weeks we created an aligned strategy, concepts, roadmaps, and technology requirements that would have taken months or years,” Ryan added.Wärtsilä’s start-up acquisition, Eniram, has worked together with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCL) for years in optimising fleet and ship operations as well as reducing emissions and cutting fuel costs. Building on this experience, Wärtsilä and RCL are now working together to develop all aspects of the intelligent vessel further, using the DAC to accelerate some of the prototyping.Wärtsilä has also partnered up with Accenture Interactive in the Digital Acceleration Centres to speed up innovation and go-to-market as well as to help grow Wärtsilä’s own talent for creating world-class digital services.The latest example of the Intelligent Vessel strategy being driven at pace is Wärtsilä’s acquisition of Guidance Marine Limited, a technology leader in the marine industry for sensor solutions relating to dynamic positioning and other vessel control systems.Image/Video Courtesy: Wärtsilä
Greek Assodivers Underwater Contractors have taken delivery of two MERMAC winches from MacArtney to be used on the Kriegers Flak offshore wind project in the Danish Baltic Sea.The delivery consists of one 19.5 ton AHC (active heave compensation) winch and one 6 ton umbilical winch. In addition, the scope of supply includes electrical slip rings, junction boxes, MRUs, extra level wind guide roller kits and wireless remote controls.The AHC winch is intended to relocate huge stones from the seafloor, and the umbilical winch is to be used for pulling a cable plough.Electric AHC winch solutions are often preferred for ROV systems and for handling equipment that is to operate near or on the seabed, MacArtney said. AHC immediately compensates for vessel movement caused by waves, even in heavy seas. This feature reduces weather-related downtime and considerably facilitates launch and recovery of tethered equipment, the company said.”This is not the first time we’ve placed an order with MacArtney. Our business relations go further back and emphasize the fact that we always rest assured to be granted superior customer service and product quality on the part of MacArtney,” said Sarantos Konstantatos, Procurement Officer, Assodivers Underwater Contractors.The Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm is owned by Vattenfall and will comprise 72 Siemens Gamesa 8MW turbines, expected to be fully operational by 2021.Assodivers is responsible for cable burial works at the Kriegers Flak Combined Grid Solution (CGS), a project that will interconnect Danish and German grids via Kriegers Flak and Baltic 2 offshore wind farms.
Seri Cemara (Image courtesy of MISC)Malaysian LNG shipper MISC, a unit of energy giant Petronas, has taken delivery of a new liquefied natural gas carrier, the Seri Cemara.This is the final carrier in a series of five Moss-type LNG carriers.The naming and delivery of the 150,200-cbm LNG carrier Seri Cemara took place on Monday at the Hyundai Heavy shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea.The delivery of Seri Cemara brings the current number of MISC’s LNG fleet to 29 vessels.Image: MISCSeri Cemara joins her sister Moss-type Seri C Class LNG carriers Seri Camellia, Seri Cenderawasih, Seri Cempaka and Seri Camar on long-term charter to Petronas, MISC said in a statement.According to MISC, the vessels have been designed for worldwide trading capability to enable them to call at all major LNG terminals in the world as well as loading capability at floating LNG (FLNG) units.The vessels have been built with an Integrated Hull Structure (IHS), whereby a continuous cover encloses and shields four separate spherical tanks.Each of the LNG carriers complied with and will carry ECO Notation.The vessels will be powered by an Ultra Steam Turbine (UST) plant. They can operate on extended low-load gas mode, meaning that they can operate entirely on LNG for full compliance with existing and impending Sulphur Emissions Control Area (SECA) regulations, according to MISC.
Bibby Offshore’s chief executive officer has decided to leave the business and pursue new challenges. The company on Monday confirmed that its CEO Howard Woodcock will leave the company after 25 years with Bibby.Howard Woodcock said: “After 25 years with Bibby, more than half of which has been with Bibby Offshore, I now wish to find a fresh challenge. Having successfully brought Bibby Offshore through recapitalization and the change of ownership the business is both in a safe and stable place and growing again so the time is right for me.” Mark Bessell, CEO of Rever Offshore and chairman of Bibby Offshore Holdings, added: “Howard has been instrumental in helping to create a great business in Bibby Offshore for both our customers and employees, I would like to personally thank him for all his contribution and hard work over the past 25 years and wish him the very best in his future endeavours.” Howard Woodcock became the CEO of Bibby Offshore in 2007, following a number of years spent in other roles in Bibby Line Group.Woodcock holds an MBA from Lancaster University.
Following last week‘s order for two very large crude carriers (VLCC) placed with South Korean shipyard Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), Oman Shipping Company is set on growing its fleet further.“The new additions to OSC’s VLCC fleet will be among the most technically advanced in the world,” OSC’s CFO and acting CEO Michael Jorgensen said. “They will form a key part of our expansion plan over the coming years as we prepare for further investment in oil and product carriers in 2019/2020, particularly in the bulk and container market.”Jorgensen added that the key elements of the next generation design of the two VLCCs include highly-efficient engine and fuel-saving technologies. They will also be outfitted with open loop scrubbers addressing the new SOX, NOX environmental regulations effective from January 1, 2020.“The investment comes as OSC continues to report strong growth following long-term deals with local refineries and traders. Our crude oil and product vessel portfolio accounts for more than half of the company’s national fleet. The latest expansion is a further reflection of the significant upturn in liquid cargoes, including crude, refined petroleum fuels and petrochemicals, being generated by Oman’s largely hydrocarbon-centric economy,” Jorgensen continued.“Much of the recent growth has been underpinned by major industrial and petrochemical clusters established at Sohar, Salalah and Duqm. Recent investments in mega refining and petrochemicals schemes in these clusters well for the further growth of OSC’s shipping capacity.”OSC’s fleet of 49 vessels includes 16 VLCCs, 17 product tankers and 4 chemical carriers.Image Courtesy: Oman Shipping Company (OSC)
Mediterranean Shipping Company’s Terminal Investment Ltd (TIL) has reached an agreement to take over control of Medcenter Container Terminal S.p.A. from Italian terminal operator Contship Italia.Contship Italia and TIL’s subsidiary Itaterminaux S.à.r.l. have executed a share purchase agreement related to the sale of 50% of CSM Italia Gate, which owns 100% of MCT.The parties did not disclose the terms of the transaction, for which the regulatory approvals are still pending. The companies launched negotiations on the sale in mid-March 2019.MCT is the concessionaire of the container terminal activities in the port of Gioia Tauro and TIL already owned 50% of CSM Italia Gate S.p.A. At closing, TIL will own 100% of CSM Italia Gate S.p.A. and will indirectly control all the shares of MCT.Contship Italia Group started and has been running the now largest Italian container terminal for over 24 years.
Illustration purposes only (Image courtesy of SHI)South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries said it has secured an order for a liquefied natural gas carrier.According to the company’s stock exchange notice, the vessel has been ordered by an unnamed Asian owner.The order has been valued at 225.5 billion South Korean won ($186.2 million), the filing reads.Samsung Heavy Industries noted that the vessel is scheduled for delivery in October 2021. LNG World News Staff
The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) and Enel Green Power (EGP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the aim to encourage knowledge sharing in marine energy technology development and performance assessment, and to drive forward collaborations in marine energy demonstration projects.The partnership will address a gap in independent marine energy testing against international standards, the development of which would increase credibility and trust in the sector.Working in collaboration and sharing their wealth of knowledge and experience in the field, EMEC and EGP will provide both public and private investors with increased confidence in the industry and therefore encourage future investment and growth in marine renewable energy, EMEC said.Rob Flynn, international development manager at EMEC said: “EMEC is very happy to collaborate with EGP on supporting marine energy development. As an independent test lab, EMEC is at the cutting edge of assessing marine energy technologies. EGP is a global leader in renewables, and with first-rate technology due diligence processes. This project will help us learn from each other and drive the marine energy sector forward.”Fabio Fugazzotto, head of Marine Innovation at Enel Green Power, said: “This cooperation will allow us to share our expertise and know-how on marine energy with EMEC, leveraging on lessons learned and internationally recognized evaluation standards, with the aim to explore future opportunities in the ocean energy sector.”Based in Orkney, Scotland, EMEC supports the testing, demonstration and assessment of wave and tidal energy technologies by providing test sites suitable for early stage sea deployments through to full-scale grid-connected trials. EMEC supports technology development from concept to commercialization, including consenting compliance, environmental monitoring, technical verification, and independent performance assessment.EGP is the global renewable business line of the Enel Group. EGP is at the forefront in promoting innovation in green energy, including exploring applications for wave and marine energy technologies.