Statoil Installs Final Wind Turbine Offshore England
Installation of all turbines in the Dudgeon wind farm located 32 km off the coast of Norfolk, England, is complete, and it will be operated from Statoil’s office in Great Yarmouth. Dudgeon has been providing electricity to households since February, and when it is fully operational Statoil wind projects will deliver electricity to a total of 1 million people. The offshore wind farm installation, which included 67 turbines with a capacity of 6 MW each, totalled a cost below the expected budget of £1.5 billion.
Seabed Geotechnical Investigation Tool Targets
Offshore Soil Testing and Equipment Siting
Horizon Geosciences and Atlantic Marine teamed up to provide seabed geotechnical investigation using the Atlantic Carrier and Horizon’s 200-kN seabed CPT and sampling systems. The 200-kN CPT includes a standalone launch and recovery system, and the Atlantic Carrier has a vibrocorer and offshore soils testing laboratory suitable for gathering data for site assessment, ground modeling and turbine siting and export cable route and inter-array cable investigations.
New Website Engages with Young Marine Businesses
EU-funded Marine-i launched a new website, www.ma
rine-i.co.uk, to list funding sources and types of businesses that are eligible for support and to educate and engage businesses that are new to marine technology. Marine-i is a £9.3 million collaboration between the University of Exeter, Plymouth University, The Cornwall College Group, Cornwall Marine Network, Cornwall Development Co. and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult.
ROV Testing Tank Unveiled
M² Subsea built a 73,600-liter indoor fresh water tank for commercial testing of ROVs and ancillary equipment before they are deployed for domestic and international projects. The tank measures 8 by 4 by 2.3 m and includes a gantry crane with S.W.L 15 t and an independent 415-V three-phase 200-A power supply. The tank in Westhill, Aberdeenshire, is available to rent and can accommodate both work-class and observation ROVs.
World Ocean Council Launches Young Ocean Professionals Initiative
The World Ocean Council Young Ocean Professionals (YOP) Initiative is a global, multisectoral, educational network to support the future of sustainability in the ocean business community. It is geared to create corporate ocean responsibility, understanding of ocean biodiversity and economic activity impacts, tackle sustainable development challenges and secure a healthy ocean and sustainable ocean economy.
Finnish Environment Institute Takes Delivery
Of Algae Detection and Alarm System
The Finnish Environment Institute SYKE has taken delivery of a CTG ALGAE-Wader Pro system, an in-situ algae monitor providing data on chlorophyll a and other algae- based pigments to augment sample collection for laboratory analysis. It includes a CTG TriLux sensor that allows real-time data display and recording to a handheld unit with GPS and an alarm system to indicate algae levels of concern.
N-Sea Opens New Office in Germany
N-Sea, which provides inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) services for the renewable, oil and gas, telecom and utility industries, is opening a new office in Stralsund, Germany, to support Germany’s offshore renewable energy market and provide ongoing maintenance and repair services to existing and planned wind farms.
The company appointed Jörg Butgen, who was previously head of marine operations and diving superintendent for Bard Offshore, as business development manager for the Germany office
Teledyne Optech and IGI Cooperate To Develop New Technology
Teledyne Optech formed a cooperative agreement with the German company IGI (Integrated Geospatial Innovations). The first product created via the cooperation is the Optech Eclipse high-precision LiDAR sensor with IGI’s CCNS-5 flight management system and AEROcontrol Compact inertial solution for small to mid-size area projects and/or high-precision corridor surveying. The sensor has a Class 1 laser with an 800-m range on 10 percent reflective targets (8 pts/m2 at 100 kt.), parallel scan lines and an integrated IGI DigiCAM-100 camera.
Anchor Field Testing Is Complete For Challenging Locations
Vryhof completed field tests with its STEVSHARK REX anchor at three locations in the North Sea famous for their anchoring problems due to stiff clays. The anchor has unique fluke and shank geometries and is designed to be effective in the mooring industry. Other tests included the anchor’s use by a rock cutter suction dredger on cemented soils and in a carbonate silty sand seabed overlaying calcarenite rock.
Virtual Simulation of the River Thames
HR Wallingford is assessing the Thames Tideway Tunnel project’s fleet of vessel masters at its U.K. Ship Simulation Centre to ensure they meet health and safety standards using a specially created virtual reality simulation of the route the boats will take. The Tideway project in London, which will upgrade the city’s sewer system for more than 8 million inhabitants, requires excavation on an enormous scale, and 4 million tons of material will be transported by river.
North P&I Club Receives Maritime Insurance Award
The North of England P&I Club won the Insurance Day Maritime Insurance Award at the Lloyd’s List Global Awards held at the National Maritime Museum in London, England. Judges cited North’s market-leading work in loss prevention and risk management, which includes a comprehensive range of practical loss prevention guides and briefings, as well as crew training and workflow guides.
Unique Antique Shipwrecks Detected in the Black Sea
The Black Sea MAP (Maritime Archaeological Project) completed in September mapped submerged submarine landscapes along the Bulgarian coast, where ancient shorelines can be found down to a depth of more than 100 m. Swedish company MMT and Norway’s Reach Subsea participated with underwater technology and survey and ROV vessels (MV Stril Explorer, 76 m; and MV Havila Subsea, 98 m). A total search distance of approximately 2,600 km has been mapped, and 50 sediment cores were collected for analysis. More than 60 new shipwrecks have been found, inspected and documented with work-class ROVs (Kystdesign Supporter and Shilling).
Parts on Demand Extends to International Service
Gardner Denver Petroleum & Industrial Pumps (P&IP) launched a parts-on-demand program in the Middle East. The program facilitates management of replacement inventory at customers’ regional locations, facilities or well sites and offers a large inventory in after-market parts and consumables. P&IP designs petroleum and industrial pumps for the global oil and gas industry, with repair shops and service facilities serving the drilling, well-servicing and fracking pumps market with aftermarket support, including high-performance consumables, field service and repair and exchange programs as well as training, technical support and partnership and supply agreements.
Argentinian Research Ship Outfitted With Deep Hydroacoustic Systems Integration
Kongsberg successfully completed the installation of a suite of Simrad marine ecosystem assessment technology aboard Victor Angelescu, the Argentinian National Institute of Fisheries Research and Development’s (INIDEP) new oceanographic and fishing research vessel. Built at Spanish yard Astilleros Armon Vigo SA, the new 52-m research ship is a silent vessel that, combined with the Simrad marine ecosystem package, will enable highly accurate survey results for Argentinian scientists.
Acoustic Technology Used in Search For Helicopter Flight Recorder
A mission to search for the wreckage of an Irish Coast Guard helicopter that crashed in the Atlantic earlier this year was assisted by Sonardyne underwater locating equipment including the Scout USBL (ultrashort baseline) and ROV Homer acoustic tracking and relocation systems owned by the Irish Marine Institute. The mission detected emergency signals from the aircraft’s flight data recorder, and, using an ROV, search teams pinpointed the exact location of the wreck lying in 40 m of water.
New Rule to Accommodate Floating Storage and Regasification Units
Bureau Veritas published a new Rule, NR645, for the classification of floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs) that enables comprehensive classification of all types of floating storage and regasification assets. The new rules detail the requirements for technical and operational issues of FSRUs and provide two distinct class notations: Liquefied Gas Carrier FSRU notation, which enables gas trading in addition to floating storage and regasification terminal operations, and FSRU notation, for units dedicated to pure gas storage and regasification terminal operations and not intending to trade.