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An rewarding Summer at sea... With parts of the sector going through many changes, what next for the maritime industry? Welcome to the August 2019 issue of Marine & Maritime Gazette the monthly magazine aimed at Worldwide coverage of the commercial marine, shipping and waterbased renewables markets. With the Summer months affecting the industry in its usual fashion, we all look forward to improved business and invigorating events for the rest of the year. Inside this issue, as usual, we will be covering a huge amount of topics including ‘Dredging’ on page 26, to the ‘ins and outs’ of ‘Deck Equipment, Lifting & Winching’ from page 32. We also have a ‘peek’ into ‘Tugs, Workboats & OSVs’ on page 20, plus some aspects of ‘Training, Certification & Courses’ from page 38. Anyway, we hope you enjoy reading this edition and look forward to seeing many of you in and around events later this year. Commercial Ma If you have any news, reviews, product rine & Renewabl es Worldwide launches or absolutely anything else of interest across the whole marine market, please email it through to me at info@bljournals.plus.com for future consideration in our forthcoming issues.

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Cover story Multraship Towage & Salvage hold christening ceremonies for its two new Damen-built tugs

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Port of Lowestoft names pilot boat

The Port of Lowestoft recently hosted an official naming ceremony to launch its new state of-the-art Goodchild Marine pilot boat, the Kingfisher.

Kinfisher represents an significant investment of £670,000 in port equipment and the latest addition to ABP’s Lowestoft fleet. With this new vessel in conjunction with a number of new pontoons and facilities for the boat, ABP’s total investment in equipment and infrastructure at the Port of Lowestoft in recent months has risen to £800,000. The event was opened by Tim Jenkins

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from the local Fishermen’s Mission and obviously included the traditional champagne christening. “The new vessel provides the combination of speed, significantly improved fuel efficiency and enhanced safety standards and features compared with previous models and we are proud to use the engineering knowhow and innovation from a skilled local manufacturer. By investing in our capabilities, we make sure that the Port of Lowestoft stays upto-date and can continue to offer the very best services available to our customer,” commented Andrew Hartson. Alan Goodchild, Managing Director of Goodchild Marine Services Limited, said: “It’s been a privilege to continue our long-standing relationship with ABP and The Port of Lowestoft, having built the last pilot boat Osprey nearly 25 years ago”. www.goodchildmarine.co.uk www.abports.co.uk

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Total to develop FSRU facility in Benin, Africa

Total in association with the Republic of Benin and the Société Béninoise d’Energie Electrique (SBEE) have signed an agreement for the development of an LNG import floating terminal.

Canadian Government spending on Port of Nanaimo Canada’s Government are to allocate $46.2m (CAD) in new funding to enable the Port of Nanaimo to make further infrastructure improvements and expansions at the Duke Point facilities. This funding is to allow the existing wharf to be expanded to 325m from its current 182m, an current crane to be replaced with two 24m cranes, a brand new warehouse for general cargo constructed, a new maintenance and administration building plus a new truck gate. The port will also increase the terminal’s storage area and upgrade electrical, sewer, drainage, water and security systems around the facility. "I don’t think we’ve ever seen this type of major financial investment in Nanaimo before," said Donna Hais, chair of the Port of Nanaimo Board. An estimated 900 jobs will be created in the region during construction, besides the long-term employees who will be working at the expanded facilities. The funding announcement by Marc Garneau, Canada’s Minister of Transport, came after months of work by the Port of Nanaimo team, which included terminal operator DP World. Ms Hais stated that the investment will improve the ports ability to receive goods directly, while Port of Nanaimo CEO, Ian Marr, said the funding is an integral step towards the port’s goal of expanding its short-sea shipping and cargo operations. Mr Marr added: "With our location and the high volumes of cargo moving into and out of Vancouver and Vancouver Island, we are ideally situated to become the primary point of entry and exit for trans-shipment of goods for Vancouver Island.” https://npa.ca/

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The deal includes the supply of up to 0.5 million tons per annum (Mtpa) of regasified LNG from Total’s global portfolio to Benin for 15 years, starting in 2021. Total will develop and operate the regasification infrastructure that will comprise a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) located offshore Benin and an offshore pipeline connexion to the existing and planned 127MW power plants in Maria Gléta. Benin's government is working to restore Benin's energy independence. A new legislative framework fosters the participation of private capital in the energy sector. For Total, the project is in line with group’s strategy to develop new gas markets by unlocking access to LNG for fast-growing economies, said Laurent Vivier, Senior Vice President Gas at Total. “Access to LNG will help Benin to meet growing domestic energy demand and add more natural gas to the country’s current energy mix, hence reducing its carbon intensity.”

Total is the second-largest private global LNG player, with an overall portfolio of around 40 Mtpa by 2020 and a worldwide market share of 10 percent. Through its stakes in liquefaction plants located in Qatar, Nigeria, Russia, Norway, Oman, Egypt, the UAE, the U.S., Australia or Angola, the Group sells LNG in all global markets.

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Diverse Marine celebrate successful first year on Isle of Wight Last month marked 12 months since the Directors of Diverse Marine at Medina Yard, Cowes acquired the assets and equipment of their former employers South Boats IOW, securing the employment of 20 staff on the site. From humble beginnings, but always with the support of the company’s staff, clients and suppliers, the team have forged a successful path in the commercial marine sector, achieving a multi-million pound turnover and securing the immediate future of the business through long term work commitments. Deliveries of note include a new harbour patrol vessel for Cowes Harbour Commission and successful refit projects for Aspect Land & Hydrographic Surveys, Commercial RIB Charters, Faversham Ships, PAG Group/Ambrey, the RNLI, Seacat Services,Turner Iceni, UK Border Force. Diverse marine has also supported many operators with maintenance and repairs including Solent & Wightline Cruises, Mareel/TurbineTransfers, Seaward, Newhaven Port Authority, Hampshire Police, NR Marine Services,Williams Shipping, Landau UK, MST and many others, for which the company are extremely grateful. Ben Colman, Director adds: “We have been truly humbled by the support we have received from our staff, clients and suppliers and are proud to work with each and every one of them. Twelve months ago, we started with some equipment, a loyal team, a very modest business plan but with our ethos of delivering high quality, cost effective refits and repairs to clients that valued an integrated approach to complete each project. Our staff, clients and suppliers are all part of the Diverse Marine family”. Ben adds,”there are too many to thank but special mention must go our staff, all of whom were facing an uncertain future 12-13 months ago, but as a team have worked hard to deliver each and every project, often working long hours.The welfare of these guys and girls is very important to us and we can’t thank them enough”. As well as the 9m harbour patrol RIB for Cowes Harbour the success of the business has generated further new build contracts including a 10m Aluminium Survey Catamaran, a further 9m Aluminium RIB and most notably a 24m Wind Farm Crew Transfer Vessel for Seacat Services on the Isle of Wight. Diverse Marine works closely with island business Aluminium Marine Consultants, also now based at Medina Yard, who deliver the aluminium fabrication and hot works for most of the company’s projects. This approach enables both companies to keep their overheads down, ensuring competitive pricing and the ability to produce both bespoke and production builds to an international market. The company also attracted the attention of Bremerton USA based but internationally renowned boat builder, SAFE Boats International. Diverse Marine now has a formal agreement in place to support SAFE in the UK and has a SAFE 35 MultiMission Interceptor demonstration vessel at the yard. Matt Chessell. Director adds “The company is also keen to mimic our relationship with AMC into a new venture to produce GRP and Composite vessels. We have a license from Peter Eyre Marine Design to produce a range of Pilot Boats and Search & Rescue Craft and we will be pursuing this through the course of this year”. Another key area for the future is fishing vessels and Matt Floyd, Director adds “We have worked for over 12 months to understand the requirements of the industry and what is needed from an Under 10m and Under 12m craft. Working with Chartwell Marine Design, we have produced the Catchwell 10m and 12m vessels, featuring a high buoyancy hull form to enable high catch payloads yet retaining high raft height and high levels of seakeeping and comfort”. The company has no plans for rapid expansion but intends to use its second year to solidify its position for stability and continue to provide high levels of support, competitively priced commercial refits and selected new builds. Diverse Marine is looking to secure its future on the Isle of Wight. www.diversemarine.co.uk

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CWind Taiwan awarded two crew transfer charters for Formosa 1 Offshore Wind Farm

CWind Taiwan announced today that it has been awarded two crew transfer vessel charters for Formosa 1 wind farm by FOWI and Jan de Nul respectively. The Formosa 1 project, Taiwan’s first offshore wind farm, is located approximately 2-6 km from shore of Miaoli in the Taiwan Strait. Phase 1 has operated commercially since 2017, with a capacity of 8 MW. While phase 2 is due to be installed during 2019 with a capacity of 120 MW. The Formosa 1 project is currently a joint venture project of Orsted A/S (35%), JERA Co Inc (32.5%), Macquarie Capital Group Ltd (25 %) and Swancor Renewable Energy Co Ltd. (7.5%). After a successful first three years of performance since 2015, CWind Taiwan and the Taiwanflagged Ocean Surveyor 3 has been extended by 90 days by FOWI, in support of ongoing phase 1 maintenance requirements. Aiming to deliver Formosa 1 phase 2 by the end of the year, Jan De Nul have contracted CWind Taiwan’s CWind Phantom, a 27m CTV on charter, supporting their construction of Formosa 1 Phase 2 starting this June. Increasing their fleet of Taiwan-flagged CTVs, CWind Taiwan is currently shipping CWind Phantom from Europe and will re-flag as a commitment toward industry localisation. Ethan Wang, CWind Taiwan’s Commercial Director, said: “In this immature but rapidly growing market, the availability of capable vessels, manned by highly skilled crew with local knowledge, is vital to deliver projects successfully. CWind Taiwan has growing access to specialist vessels and experienced local crew and has been serving Formosa I Offshore wind farm since 2015. We look forward to working closely with our partners FOWI and JDN during the second phase of this milestone project.” https://cwind.global/

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The document aims to augment Singapore shipping industry’s readiness to meet IMO’s 2020 cap on sulphur oxides emissions from ships The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) ’the industry voice of Singapore’s maritime community’ recently issued the ‘IMO Sulphur Cap 2020 Readiness Plan’ for Singapore’s shipping community. The document provides an overview of the key requirements of the IMO 2020 global sulphur cap, outlines the major preparatory milestones in the lead up to January 2020, and presents key compliance measures. “The Singapore Shipping Association has been conducting a series of dialogues, workshops, and seminars to help the maritime community in Singapore anticipate and prepare for changes stemming from the IMO 2020 cap on sulphur oxides emissions from ships. The readiness plan has been designed as a handy tip sheet that presents the key information in an accessible and practical way tailored to the shipping community. SSA will continue to work with partners and regulators to prepare the industry for these and other policy changes from IMO,” said Caroline Yang, President of SSA. The IMO Sulphur Cap 2020 Readiness Plan is available for download online at https://www.ssa.org.sg/mediaimg/publications/other-publications.html or scan the appended QR code (left).

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Orolia collaborates with Radio Holland to provide world’s first VDR solution targeted at inland waterways market

Orolia has announced a new partnership with Radio Holland that includes the development of a Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) specifically designed for inland shipping. This solution will enhance safe navigation and ship performance and provide tools for understanding the cause of incidents. Radio Holland will also be installing Orolia’s Netwave VDR NW6000 series as its preferred global VDR solution for retrofit and new build projects, while Orolia will utilise Radio Holland’s established global network as one of its globally preferred service partners. The architecture of Orolia’s renewed Netwave NW6000 VDR system, which has a global install base of over 6000 vessels, is based on latest ethernet technology, making full use of so-called PoE (Power over Ethernet) solution. This leads to reduced need for cabling saving in installation time. As an increased number of navigation and communication equipment with ethernet output will become available on board of ships, the NW6000 VDR can provide additional tooling for performance measurements. Next to the standard VDR function, the NW6000 VDR can be used for optimising ship performance. Chris Loizou, Vice President Maritime Business Line at Orolia, said, “We have a long-established relationship with Radio Holland and look forward to taking this to the next level. This partnership is based on our mutual experience and understanding of the growth of the marine inland waterway economy, and the ambition to ensure that technology utilised in SOLAS vessels can be used to analyse accident data and help develop risk-reduction strategies for the future.” Paul Smulders, CEO Europe for Radio Holland said, “Radio Holland is continuously seeking partners with whom we can work to develop and create solutions which can meet our customer’s requirements. As a result, we partnered with Orolia on the new and unique Inland NW6000R VDR, which registers all movements and communications on and around the inland vessels. The VDR is obligatory in Deepsea Shipping, but for inland shipping it is also a relevant tool to enhance safety and ship performance. The NW6000R VDR is perfectly suitable to monitor, measure and improve the performance of the ship. Based on the interest we have found with inland ship owners; we believe this innovative product is a relevant addition on board of inland vessels.” Radio Holland is also partnering with Orolia on its innovative M-SecureSync system and will adopt this solution as its preferred navigation cyber security technology. The M-SecureSync employs various technologies to resist GPS/GNSS jamming and spoofing attacks, alert the bridge to discrepancies in the navigation signals and activate defence solutions. It offers modular layered protection that can be utilized as a stand-alone safety indicator or integrated into existing vessel navigation solutions. www.radioholland.com

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IC Brindle launch new line launcher in Europe International safety expert IC Brindle & Co Ltd signed a distributor deal in June this year to distribute a ground-breaking new safety product in the UK and further afield. The Line Launcher by Kiwi Rescue Ltd can propel a highvis safety line and flotation pod 80m with one powerful launch. Ian Brindle of IC Brindle said: “This is a unique and refreshing new product on the market – a clever product that is almost entirely reusable with easily replaceable CO2 cartridges. It fills a real niche in the market.” The Line Launcher’s main USP is that it’s the only product of its kind to use a 16g CO2 which is cost effective and easy to replace. Whereas its counterparts that use pyrotechnics to propel the line can be expensive, difficult to replace and some applications are single use. Line Launcher can also be used in rescue situations where combustible equipment is banned for use in hazardous environments. Designed for ease of operation in the most extreme of weather conditions and where making a line connection between two parties is required, including ship to ship transfer, ship to shore, man overboard and ocean lifesaving. Line Launcher has multiple land-based operations including crossing gaps, rivers, floods and construction. It is manufactured by one of New Zealand's leading line makers and is made from 2.5mm polypropylene, which floats. It has a high breaking strain of 80kg, but when necessary, it can also be used as a pilot to attach to a stronger line when more strength is required or replaced with a stronger line. Ian Brindle said, “The Line Launcher was the brainchild of an operator of the rescue hovercraft at Auckland airport that has a flight path directly over water and mud.” He continued to explain “Regular line launchers, used pyrotechnics to propeller which could be unsafe in situations where non-combustible equipment is required.” Following proof of concept trials project development was continued by a new company Kiwi Rescue Ltd headed by New Zealander Gerald Davies. He and his business partner and composite moulding expert Bruce Holt continued development to bring the Launcher to market. Gerald Davies said, “We are delighted that I C Brindle Ltd will be distributing the Launcher in the UK and beyond.” IC Brindle is currently looking for dealers to come on board to supply the product www.icbrindle.com

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Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam completes major maintenance programme on OSV Deep Arctic Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam has bid farewell to the Diving Support Vessel Deep Arctic following a significant maintenance stopover, a substantial proportion of which was spent in dry dock. It was an exceptionally complex project with a total of 2198 work permits issued, an indication of the large number of individual jobs that were completed and the number of stakeholders involved. The work was completed with zero hours lost to injuries and restricted work cases.

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The 156-metre, TechnipFMC-owned Deep Arctic came to Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam (DSAm) primarily for a main class renewal (intermediate) docking and for maintenance including the renewal of the steel plates to her box coolers. To achieve this the yard removed 31 separate box coolers from the forward, midships and aft sea chests. The preparations needed to accomplish this involved the disconnection of all the associated piping on both the coolers and the anodes, the removal of any associated deck plates and benches, and the installation of lifting pad eyes above the box coolers where required. Following the secure and precise removal of the coolers according to a pre-prepared lifting plan, they were placed either on the floor of the dock, on the quayside, or into shipping crates specially fabricated by DSAm for transport to the owners’ own specialists. Once all the overhauls and inspections were completed and the coolers returned, the yard reinstalled them all. The works required renewing the box cooler steel plates included cropping the old sea chest plates and replacing them with new steel plates prefabricated in the DSAm steel workshop and machine shop. Once the works were complete, all the interior areas affected, including the ballast water tanks, forward tanks, coffer dam tanks and hull plates, were treated with a coatings programme. The yard also blasted and painted all the repaired sea chests and 16 additional forward sea chests. Whilst the Deep Arctic was in the dry dock, she also overwent a complete thruster overhaul including upgrades to her tunnel, retractable and Azimuth thrusters, six in total. Her propeller shaft and centre line rudder also had their 10-yearly overhaul. These operations all took place in close collaboration with the Owner’s specialists Rolls Royce and OEM. Additional associated works included the fabrication of new piping for both tunnel thrusters, renewal of the lower gear units, repairs to the rudder stock actuator and the overhaul of the stern tube seal boxes. To finish off, the yard also performed a large number of works at considerable heights. These included repairs to the gangway and load tests on the accommodation ladder and platform. Maintenance was also done to the structures of cranes no.1 (400T) and no.2 (58T), which included the removal of rust and painting the main and navigation masts and the helideck support structure. All the works were undertaken to TechnipFMC’s and DSAm’s exceptionally high safety standards, aided by the close cooperation and planning that took place between the Damen and TechnipFMC project teams. The carefully configured seven-man DSAm project team ensured that the yard had enough resources to meet the high demands of TechnipFMC, and it included three junior project managers plus one, fully project-dedicated safety officer, which is relatively unusual. Both teams also had a planner onboard to keep the works operating to schedule. The overall result was a project delivered on time and to the highest quality. www.damen.com

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Second large ferry export for Wight Shipyard

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UK shipbuilder Wight Shipyard Co has completed its second export order. The order placed by Ultramar, the largest ferry operator in Mexico, consists of two 37m fast ferries which will be transported to Cancun Mexico at the beginning of July. “Working with Ultramar is a good match for WSC, our standards and attention to detail are of paramount importance to produce not only an on-time build, but one of superior quality. Ultramar provide both commuter and holiday destination vessels and the level of fitout is far higher than normal commuter boats. Stages for lives bands, multi coloured LED lighting above and below the waterline and very powerful sound systems were a first for us,” said Peter Morton, CEO WSC. Peter pointed out that the critical issues for these newbuilds were timely delivery and the weight saving target that needed to be achieved. Fuel costs are high in Mexico and are of paramount importance to Ultramar. The vessels were designed by Incat Crowther, which has a long-standing relationship with Ultramar and WSC whose previous export order to Austria was also an Incat Crowther Design. Ultramar said that one of the main reasons for choosing WSC for the build was that the yard has a strong reputation for delivering on time, something it said has struggled with in the past. These builds will also have been completed in the short turnaround time of 10 months. Lightweight In addition, the vessels come in 20,000 kg lighter than comparable models and 3,000 kg than design which means faster, more fuel-efficient vessels. This has been achieved by using new construction techniques developed by WSC, the use of light-weight materials and an attention to detail. The weight savings are achieved by investigating each of the thousand pieces of equipment used in the construction and sourcing the lightest most efficient parts and materials. Because the focus has been on efficiency, the engines in these vessels are capable of achieving their service speed at lower MCR, something that Ultramar specified. Both vessels have the capacity to accommodate 459 passengers over 3 decks, with bright airy mid deck seats, accessed from a central staircase in the main cabin and two external staircases leading to a top deck with seating for 122 passengers. The vessels are powered by two MTU 12V4000 M63 engines with output at 2 x 1500 kW (2012 hp) @ 1800 rpm. Gearboxes are two ZF 7600’s with propulsion being supplied by two fixed pitch propellers supplied by Southampton’s CJR Propulsion who also suppled their new curved hydrodynamic designed rudders.

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Bayonet GPE overtopping a modelling tool at the cutting-edge of coastal engineering Bayonet GPE - the free online overtopping tool developed by industry experts at HR Wallingford - is now live for coastal engineers to use at www.overtopping.co.uk . The tool builds on more than three decades of computer modelling in the field, and employs sophisticated statistical modelling to predict overtopping with a wider range of information than ever before. Since HR Wallingford developed the first wave overtopping computer model in the 1980s, the field has moved on apace. The latest model, Bayonet GPE, uses the powerful statistical ‘Gaussian Process Emulator’ (GPE) technique, replacing the more traditional neural network model. Used to predict overtopping, GPE modelling better predicts uncertainty by capturing a wide range of sources, including the fitting process and errors from laboratory data that historically haven’t been taken into account. Uncertainty has significant implications at the design stage of a project so better overtopping predictions are a big advantage when conceiving coastal structures. Dr Tim Pullen, project director at HR Wallingford, says: “Bayonet GPE allows engineers to test a wide range of sea wall types and specifications - such as berms, rock-armoured toes and upper walls - against a detailed range of sea conditions. We hope the tool will be invaluable to coastal engineers and professionals throughout the industry.” The tool is easy and intuitive to use, with features such as ‘sliders’ that enable designers to understand the sensitivity of model outputs to a range of parameters. A simple green ‘thumbs up’ or red ‘thumbs down’ provides the user with an indication of the validity of the calculations being undertaken by the model. HR Wallingford is receiving very positive feedback from those already using Bayonet GPE. Dr Eleni Anastasaki, Maritime and Coastal Engineer at engineering firm Ove Arup said: “Bayonet GPE is a significant improvement on the models we have used before. The increased finesse means we are more confident about predicting overtopping.” Bayonet GPE has just completed beta-testing and as a result has been transferred to a new platform. It is now fully operational and available at no cost to the user at www.overtopping.co.uk. So, with its accuracy and usability, Bayonet GPE is truly at the cutting-edge of coastal engineering know-how. www.hrwallingford.com @hrwallingford

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Remote control lifebuoy Designed to help those in distress, the selfpropelled Dolphin 1 is guided to where it's need by remote control Time is critical when rescuers are alerted to a swimmer in trouble, a mariner in distress or a yacht guest who has fallen overboard. There have been a number of crafty assistance devices over the years that are designed to help keep those in trouble afloat, but the Dolphin 1 Smart Lifebuoy is a unique concept - it is thrown in the water and then propels itself out to the person in distress. The Dolphin 1 weighs just 13 kg and can be thrown in the water by an operator who can remotely control the unit from shore, up to a maximum wireless range From the water's edge, the motorized lifebuoy can then be powered on in the water using a handheld remote and directed to where it's needed. Wireless operation range is reported to be up to 500m (1,640ft), and if the rescue craft is overturned by choppy waves, the remote operator can easily flip it back over remotely. The orange plastic hull has a bumper to front to minimize accidental impact injury and two fog lights in case of poor visibility. Each of the two propellers is enclosed in metal casing to shield them from the flailing limbs of those in distress, and to make sure it doesn’t get tangled up with debris or trailing plants. The maximum speed is 15 km/h (9.3 mph) and battery life per charge is 30 minutes. The Dolphin 1 is designed to be big enough so that an exhausted swimmer can lay on it like a bodyboard, grab hold of the ropes around the edge or the carry handles at the nose and be brought safely back to shore. The unit measures 115 x 83 x 21 cm (45 x 32 x 8 in) and tips the scales at 13kg (28lb) and could also transport a lifeguard out to a someone in trouble and keep them both afloat until a rescue boat arrives. www.oceanalpha.com


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Multraship holds naming ceremony for two new Damen tugs

Dutch towage company and maritime services provider Multraship Towage & Salvage has carried out christening ceremonies at its home port of Terneuzen in the Netherlands for its two new Damen-built tugs - one of which is the first IMO Tier III-compliant tug in Europe. The vessels are a Reversed Stern Drive (RSD) Tug 2513 and an Azimuth Stern Drive (ASD) Tug 3212, which were officially named Multratug 6 and Multratug 29 respectively. The naming ceremonies took place on 28 June during the Terneuzen Harbour Days, a three-day maritime festival. Multraship managing director Leendert Muller says, “The purchase of Multratug 6 was a combined response to the need for additional tonnage and a desire to reduce our exhaust emissions. We take responsibility for the environment and this is the reason that we have chosen an IMO Tier III-compliant vessel, the first of its kind in Europe. This is also in tune with the increasing demand from local port authorities for clean operations. The reduced noise and vibration levels exhibited by the RSD Tug 2513 was another deciding factor, because we really care about the comfort of our crews.” Damen, meanwhile, has built up extensive experience of how to minimise onboard vibrations from its work in the superyacht and naval vessel sectors. Damen’s Benelux Sales Director Mijndert Wiesenekker says, “Vibration is the enemy of any shipowner – and we draw on our knowledge to reduce it to a minimum on our tugs. This is another example of the benefits of our standardised shipbuilding strategy – we can improve vibration levels as the series progresses. This is important for the crew as well as for the equipment.” While the RSD Tug 2513 is a new vessel type for Multraship, the ASD Tug 3212 design is well-known to the company’s personnel. In fact, Multraship has experience of operating five ASD Tugs 3212 over a period of time. “It is our experience that these are very good vessels,” says Mr Muller. “Of course they can work inside harbours, but it is when conditions get rougher and tougher – offshore, for instance – that the seakeeping characteristics really show themselves. Our crews are extremely happy to have this new ASD Tug 3212 in the fleet. And this vessel in particular, with an open stern, stern roller and additional equipment, is a real multipurpose tug.” Versatility of vessel design is a vital factor for Multraship, with Leendert Muller emphasising, “We believe that most of our port tugs should be able to work at sea, and that our seagoing tugs should also be able to perform port operations.” www.damen.com

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Compact anchor handling tug

Netherlands-based ship designer OSD-IMT have released a new design of it’s compact anchor-handling tug. Positioned in the middle of the conventional tug and AHTS was always the anchor-handling tug (AHT), which was recognisable by a slightly shorter hull. OSD-IMT originates from Wijsmuller Engineering and has now identified a void at the lower end of the market versus the large powerful AHTS designs and project design number 7501 introduces a vessel 51m in length and maximum bollard pull of 120 tonnes, described as a ‘modern interpretation of the Tempest and Typhoon’ and aimed at O&G and renewables installation and decommissioning markets. The OSD-IMT7501 aims to keep things simple and effective, and to enhance onboard safety the working deck freeboard is higher than on similar sized vessels providing a dryer aft deck and improving stability. Technical and workspaces are laid out to provide a safe working environment and easy access to equipment with a large and comfortable accommodation providing a home for 14 to 20 persons. The design includes OSD-IMT’s S-bow, the transverse profile of which can be amended to suit specific performance requirements. A fine waterline entry angle offers smooth vessel motions and flares outwards sufficiently towards the top to provide additional reserve buoyancy. At the aft and midships sections a knuckle has been introduced at the waterline resulting in a narrower waterline beam for reduced resistance while also providing reserve buoyancy and added stability for anchor-handling operations or in case of heeling. The design can be tailored to suit specific client requirements including alternative layouts and power generation systems along with a hybrid arrangement and OSD-IMT offers the basis for the customers’ choice of equipment and system suppliers and of course the all-important selection of shipyard. www.osd-imt.com

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Orkney Islands Council signs contract for two new tugs A contract was recently signed for two new tugs for Orkney Islands Council's Marine Services. The design and build contract for the 32-metre tugs was secured by Sanmar Shipyards of Turkey. Construction is due to take place at Sanmar’s new specialist tug building facility, all of which is undercover, at Altinova about an hour south of Istanbul. Delivery of the first tug is due around May 2020, with second tug three months after that. The names of the new tugs will be decided by public vote in due course, but they are currently described simply as Orkney 1 and Orkney 2. They will each cost £6.1 million. The Council’s Marine Services team currently operates three tugs, each with a bollard pull of 55 tons. The operation of tugs, with a full firefighting capability, is an essential component of the long running services provided to the Flotta oil terminal. They are mainly used for Flotta tanker operations, but over their 30 years of life they have undertaken a broad range of other operations, including increasing Ship to Ship transfer business, cruise ship berthings, marine renewables device towing, and complex charter operations for oil-related vessels and platforms. The tugs have also been involved in their fair share of emergency assistance operations and, though thankfully never used in the role, they are a crucial component in the marine pollution and fire-fighting response plan for the harbour area. Without the tugs, there would have been no oil port operation, an activity which has been a key economic driver for Orkney for over 40 years. The current vessels have been worked hard and are now reaching the end of their useful lives in Orkney. As a result, the Council approved the purchase of two new-build tugs to a modern design and to modern standards of safety, stability and operational capability. Following a competitive procurement process, Sanmar was selected as the successful tender with Canadian Designer Robert Allan Limited’s RAstar 3200SX design. The new tugs will each have up to 80 tons of bollard pull and will be powered through two Rolls Royce azimuth stern drives with controllable pitch propellers. They will have some specific features for Orkney’s conditions and operations, but the overall design is well proven world-wide. They will have a full fire-fighting capability, forward and aft winches and will be much more capable than the current tugs, further improving operational safety as well as increasing the operational flexibility available to the Harbour Authority. Brian Archibald, Head of Marine Services and the Council’s Harbour Master, said: “The current tugs have served us very well indeed for over 30 years and the three vessels, with their highly skilled crews, have provided an excellent service for Flotta and other marine business at the highest standards. “Although the tugs have been expertly maintained, they are now approaching the end of their useful life in Orkney and, in order for Scapa Flow to maintain its faultless safety record and to continue to thrive as an income generator for our islands, the new tugs are essential. “We are replacing two now and will work on the best solution to replacing the third tug over the next 12 months or so. I am delighted that we have selected Sanmar as the yard to build these two new ships - I was highly impressed with their modern facilities, design team capabilities and quality of workmanship I observed when I visited the shipyard in December. “They have an excellent reputation as one of the top builders of tugs worldwide and I look forward to working with them over the course of this contract.” Councillor Graham Sinclair is Chair of the Council’s Development and Infrastructure Committee. He said: “We are proud of the services we have provided to Flotta over the decades and that we will continue to do this at the same time as establishing Orkney as the pre-eminent location for ship to ship operations in northern Europe, with 66 operations last year. “This growth along with the Flotta operation would not be possible without world class tugs and crews and this success means that now is the time to invest in this essential equipment.

“This will allow the Council to make the most of current and future marine business opportunities and this will enable harbour operations to continue to cover the full costs of the Marine Service operations as well as where appropriate providing a return to the Strategic Reserve Fund, which in turn provides the opportunity for the Council to maintain services as a whole at a time of financial challenge. “Over and above this, I have responsibility for the safe operation of the harbour and these new tugs are essential to maintaining our reputation for safety. The design expertise and skills of Sanmar in building the new tugs means that we can look forward to the arrival of two fantastic new vessels and I very much look forward to seeing them operate in local waters in 2020.” Ali Gurun, from Sanmar Shipyards said: “We are proud to be building these two superb Robert Allan Limited design tugs for Orkney. We have visited the port and spent time with the team and the crew and tried to understand the operational needs of the area. As a result, we have suitably modified the design with our designers not only according to the tender requirements, but also according to the demanding conditions of Orkney.” www.orkneyharbours.com

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Damen signs contract with Baleària for Eco-efficient tug in Port of Ciutadella Damen Stan Tug 1606 E3 the first IMO TIER III compliant harbour tug in the Mediteranean Damen Shipyards Group has signed a contract with Spain-based major ferry operator Baleària for the delivery of a Stan Tug 1606 E3. The contract was signed by Mr. Ettore Morace and Mr. Guillermo Alomar, executive director of operations and fleet director of Baleària respectively and Carlos Gonzalez Martin on behalf of Damen. The vessel is an answer to increasing demands for sustainability in the maritime industry. It will be the first IMO Tier III compliant tug to operate in the Mediterranean Sea and the first Damen vessel to serve in Baleària’s fleet. Baleària has acquired the tug to reinforce the operation of its vessels in the harbour of Ciutadella – Menorca. The tug, which arrived on June 26th, is named Rolon Plata II, after Rolon Plata; the name of the first ferry operated in the Port of Ciutadella by Flebasa – the precursor to Baleària – in 1993. Baleària required a compact, powerful tug to give towage assistance and one that should be ready to take up its role in the quickest possible timeframe. Thanks to Damen’s philosophy of standardised shipbuilding in series, the tug was on stock ready for delivery just four weeks following order. Damen has delivered more than 80 Stan Tug 1606 vessels to clients during the last 15 years. Despite its standard design Damen has tailored the vessel to Baleària’s requirements This includes outfitting the vessel with FiFi capabilities, oil recovery kit and inclusion of a NOX Reduction System, an advanced active emissions control system using SCR technology for NOX reductions of approx. 70% compared to a conventional vessel and aligned with IMO Tier III. With the additional noise reduction associated with the system, this is an important feature for a vessel that will operate in Menorca – a biosphere reserve. The system is easy to fit at any stage of the shipbuilding process, or as a retrofit. It is available for inclusion on all vessels in Damen’s next generation of tugs. It is notable in its compactness, enabling emissions compliance even in a relatively small tug. Application of the system onboard the proven Damen Stan Tug 1606 gives the vessel Damen’s E3 accreditation, being environmentally friendly, efficient in operation and economically viable. Baleària, a leading ferry operator serving routes in Spain, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands and North Africa, has committed itself to increased sustainability in its operations, in accordance with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. For the company this has involved constructing new RoPax vessels using dual-fuel LNG propulsion, as well as the conversion of existing vessels. “This next-generation tug will be able to meet the needs of all operators, as well as being available for salvage and rescue in the area," said Baleària's General Director of Operations, Ettore Morace. Damen Sales Manager Carlos Gonzalez Martin said, “We as Damen, are very proud to play a role in supporting Baleària in bringing this proven Damen vessel – environmentally friendly and fitted with efficient technology – to the beautiful and ecologically important Balearic Islands. The cooperation between our two companies has been excellent, very smooth and efficient, enabling us to comfortably deliver her on schedule. This is in no small part due to our shared commitment to the further development of a sustainable maritime industry.” www.damen.com

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30 years on the Manchester Ship Canal Earlier this year Carmet Tug Company Ltd celebrated 30 years as the sole towage providers on the Manchester Ship Canal. The Manchester Ship Canal is a 36-mile-long waterway in the North West of England linking Manchester to the Irish Sea and has seen Carmet Tugs and their exceptional crews work around the clock for all these years. Carmet’s moto, which has existed for as long as they have is ‘it’s not about the boats we offer, it’s about the crews that operate them’, and it all started with Ian Metcalfe 30 years ago… Below, Brett Metcalfe, Ian’s son and Carmet’s Managing Director answers some questions about how this contract came about and why it is so successful to this day.

How did Carmet get the Manchester Ship Canal contract 30 years ago? “The seed was sewn in the Harbour Master’s Conference that Dad (Ian Metcalfe) attended. The Harbour Master of the Manchester Ship Canal, Ken Stacey, approached Dad and asked if he would provide towage services on the canal. A conversation later took place at home with myself and Dad and we both said ‘no way, it’s not going to happen’. We didn’t feel that this contract was achievable. But a couple of months later Ken was back again… determined to get Carmet out on the ship canal. Ken asked if we’d responded to his offer and come up with a price yet. Following this Dad and I spent a lot of time juggling figures and a price was given, but we still weren’t sure. Ken then said that Carmet should take a percentage of the earnings from the tugs. So, we studied the accounts over recent years and it was at that moment that we decided Carmet tugs and their crews would be working on the Manchester Ship Canal. Little did we know this would still be the case 30 years later”.

Have you faced any challenges along the way? “Yes, at the beginning of the contract… Starting the job without any ex MSCC personnel made it difficult. We had to shut down offshore operations to utilise the crew on the Manchester Ship Canal tugs. Gradually we integrated successful applicants from previous tug boat staff. We’ve also struggled with keeping aging vessels operating to a high standard, which is what Carmet’s reputation is built upon. This issue is still ongoing today but with the help of an amazing engineering super intendent we are able to continue our work on the ship canal to a level of quality we are proud of”.

Why do you think this contract has lasted so long? “Carmet was approached at the beginning because we were known as a company who were non-union, meaning managers were approachable without the need for mediation, and this is still how we run now, which is rare. We had and still have a strong family ethos – ‘every employee joins the family’. Because of this we offer an exceptional service for every client that works with us. The tug boats are also kept in great condition and it’s important that we build strong relationships between the tug skippers and pilots that work alongside us”.

What makes you different to similar companies? “The crew.”

What are Carmet’s future plans? “We need to rejuvenate the tug boats. We’re currently in talks with Peel Ports about adding another 15 years life onto our tugs but this is going to cost a lot of money. We need to replace old equipment with new – pumps, compressors, electrical wiring, pipework, as well giving the engines and generators a major overhaul. There is also external work repair and replacements needed for the steel and fendering. We will continue to expand and build our reputation as the family company with exceptional crew.” www.carmettugs.co.uk

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Moby’s CEO Achille Onorato says: “We are very proud to welcome this new tug to our fleet. The vessel, which carries the name of my son, Vincenzino O., introduces the sixth generation of our family to the sea and is a clear demonstration of our commitment to the community of Sardinia. We have enjoyed an excellent cooperation with Damen in the construction of this vessel and are confident in their reputation for the delivery of high quality vessels.” Damen sales manager Antonio Marte says, “Moby strives for the highest standards of quality and safety, which is why they have chosen Damen. It is a great pleasure to establish a strong relationship with Moby. Achille Onorato has a long-term vision and I share with him the desire for innovation in the shipping industry, including in the harbor towage business. That is also one of the reasons why the ASD Tug 2813 was chosen, because the vessel is prepared for the installation of the plug & play Damen SCR NOX Reduction System, which makes the vessel IMO Tier III compliant. This is the first chapter of a long lasting relationship that will see Moby and Damen cooperate in the future, also in other markets.” The ASD Tug 2813 is part of Damen’s next generation of tugs. This series offers a range of new tug designs. The next generation tugs aim at ensuring maximum safety, reliability, sustainability and efficiency. The vessels feature innovative technologies ranging from safety glass to connectivity and from compliance with 2020 stability regulations to IMO Tier III readiness. The ASD Tug 2813 delivers approximately 85 tonnes bollard pull and offers MLC compliant accommodation and an aft deck area of about 80m2, providing both extended crew capacity and optimal towage capabilities fore and aft. Though built to a proven, standardised design, Vincenzino O. is outfitted with a number of options in order to tailor her to Moby’s requirements. This includes FiFi1, oil recovery notation, salvage notation and a number of features to facilitate salvage operations. Amongst these are a stern roller, independent double drum aft winch and a crane aft. The vessel also features remote monitoring capabilities enabling onshore viewing of such things as performance and fuel consumption, leading to optimised, efficient operations. Moby is a fifth-generation family company offering shipping services for both cargo and passengers with a fleet of approximately 50 RoPax vessels and eighteen tugs. The company operates ferry and cruise ferry services from the Italian and French mainland to the Mediterranean islands of Elba, Sardinia, Corsica and Sicily as well as to Tremiti in the Adriatic. Additionally, Moby offers Baltic Sea cruises between St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Helsinki and Tallinn. Moby also operates harbour towage services in the ports of Sardinia. www.damen.com

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Corpus Christi ship channel expansion underway Recently the US Port of Corpus Christi commenced the Port of Corpus Christi Ship Channel Improvement Project aimed at boosting the port’s oil and natural gas export capacity. The commencement of this expansion marked a significant milestone in the United States’ progress to becoming the net exporter of the nation’s energy production. Following the 40-year ban on crude oil exports, the Port of Corpus Christi handled the first shipment of US crude oil abroad on December 31, 2015. Its location on the Gulf of Mexico and proximity to the West Texas oil and gas boom has created a massive increase in demand and traffic for the Port of Corpus Christi. Three years later, in 2018, the port went from zero crude exports to exporting USD 10.8 billion worth of crude oil to US trading partners contributing to the offset of the United States trade deficit. As a leading US crude oil export port and a major economic engine of Texas and the nation, the Port of Corpus Christi is now the fourth largest port in the United States in total tonnage. Tel: +44(0) 2392 472710 Mob: +44(0) 7850 473713 E-Mail: info@fdsukltd.com Web: www.fdsukltd.com

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Lower Mississippi River dredging operations continue

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi Valley New Orleans (MVN) has resumed dredging operations in Southwest Pass (SWP) and on the Crossings Above New Orleans to respond to active shoaling deposited by long-term high river stages, reports Louisiana Maritime Association. There are several vessels presently working in the area of SWP (including hopper and cutterhead dredges) and two dustpan dredges that are restoring half channel width on the Crossings. Engaged in the works are: hopper dredges STUYVESANT, NEWPORT and WHEELER; cutterhead dredges C.R. McCASKILL, CAPTAIN FRANK and R.S. WEEKS; and dustpan dredges WALLCE McGEORGE, JADWIN and HURLEY. Federally authorized channel dimensions on the crossings are 500 feet wide by 45 feet deep, USACE continues to focus on the central 250 feet of channel or half of the authorized channel width. The MVN has also advertised Southwest Pass Hopper Dredge Rental Contract #12-2019 recently, in an effort to secure an additional industry hopper dredger.

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Vestdavit introduces new, flexible davit system

Vestdavit is introducing a new and flexible davit system that is optimized for multi-boat handling duties, with performance levels that will be of interest for the mission ships of the future and those in-service today. Using proven technology, the 2TDB-7000 davit system will offer single and dual point boat handling capability to ships that need to launch several boats over a short period, even in high seas. The high-efficiency unit is entirely compatible for use with the Vestdavit MissionEase system but is also ideal for refits where mission bays are not an option: the system can also be mounted on open decks that feature an extra foundation frame. Specifically designed for flexibility, the 2TDB-7000 features dual point sliding booms, adjustable boat cradle and hook distance capability. The system is controlled with ease by a single operator and can handle RHIBS, USVs, AUVs, 11m length Navy RIBS and work boats of up to 14 tons, and also leisure craft (Jet skis, kayaks, etc.). It is constructed in weight-efficient high tensile steel and is fully available for work even beyond sea state 5. Safe boat handling is further ensured by a painter system automatically controlled by davit swing/winch movements, which allows the operator to concentrate on boat movements assured of the painter’s correct outreach and tension in all boat positions. The 2TDB-7000 includes a dual winch system with independent, synchronized control, with each winch featuring a constant tension system for wave compensation and PLC ‘downstop’ to prevent overtravel. Other features that enhance both safety and efficiency include self-levelling capability for boats/hooks in both directions, independent shock absorbers and an integral ‘anti two block’ system to prevent hook blocks from coming into contact with booms. www.vestdavit.no

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Survitec Group expands comprehensive davit range Survitec Group has recently launched it’s expanded new range of boat and lifecraft launching davits. The new range which is engineered with its European partner, who themselves have over twenty years davit manufacturing experience, includes different davit types suitable for liferafts, rescue boats and fast rescue craft. The davits are designed and manufactured in Europe - to European standards - and with many elements made using European marine grade stainless steel, the davits have been created to withstand the harsh environments in which they operate. Marine grade stainless steel is known for its resistance to corrosion, which is why key elements have been made from the alloy, including the remote-control function, shackles, securing wires and cover plate. Further protection against corrosion is by way of a three-layer paint system that can adheres to Norway’s stringent NORSOK standards developed for the petroleum industry. A grooved drum guides the fall into the correct position and packs it tightly within the drum as the fall is wound up and down during the lifting and lowering of the raft or boat. This ensures that the top layers of the fall wires do not force themselves into the lower layers, avoiding abrasion and possible bights of the wire, thus eliminating any jerking or snatching motions when the liferaft or rescue boat is lowered. The davits are supplied as a fully tested and assembled unit, which can be installed in or out of drydock. Providing the pedestals have been installed and tested, a Survitec technician can assemble and commission the davit when the ship is in port, reducing the ship’s downtime and costs. www.survitecgroup.com

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NOVACAVI EXPANDS STEEL ARMOURED CABLE SINGLE LENGTH CAPABILITIES In these days of ‘bigger is better’, most applications require longer one single continuous lengths of steel armoured cables, so NOVACAVI efficiently improved equipment and optimized production system to handle cuts deployment to several kilometres. Focused on developing custom cables solutions for the most rigorous operational requirements, this implementation will help to go deeper and farer whether it is to the ocean floor, the bottom of a mine or down a well. Custom designed single and multi-layered steel armoured cables can be supplied using torsion balanced galvanized steel wire armour in various configurations, with or without overall sheath, in a wide range of diameters, with tightest size tolerance and high breaking strength in fit for purpose quantity and lengths. Specialist in custom cables design and manufacturing for harsh and demanding environments since 1975, NOVACAVI provided the most efficient cable solution to face and support all activities in the most difficult scenarios. https://www.novacavi.it/news/

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Palfinger awarded crane package for Valhall Safety and reliability have been given the highest priority in the new crane contract between Palfinger and the ‘Modification Alliance’, consisting of Aker BP and Aker Solutions, where one new fully electric offshore pedestal crane and overhead travelling cranes will be delivered to the Valhall Crane Replacement Project. The electric offshore pedestal crane will be the first crane in the North Sea with a fully redundant luffing system designed according to NORSOK, ensuring that the crane will be able to safely move the full load to a secure location even in the unlikely event that one of the luffing wires should fail. In addition to giving a higher safety level, it will also make it possible to significantly reduce cost by not having to build traditional protective safety barriers over high risk areas. In addition, the Palfinger crane will also be fully integrated with the Optilift sensor technology, which ensures the supply boat operations are performed with all the advanced safety and logistics functions built into this system. The integration of these functions into the crane control system opens up new ways of monitoring an offshore lift to make sure the lifts are being performed efficiently and safe. For the Wellbay area Palfinger delivers electric overhead travelling cranes (EOT) for handling heavy loads. Also these cranes are delivered with a newly developed fully redundant hoisting system. Similarly to the pedestal crane, one of the two hoisting wires can fail completely without causing any unintended movement of the load. The crane will also be able to handle the full load after the potential incident and place the load in a safe position. www.palfinger.com www.marineandmaritimegazette.com

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Ørsted Energy Masters scholarships now available

Ørsted is offering scholarships for outstanding UK and EU students who start an Energy Masters at Durham University in October 2019. The scholarships are available up to £6,000 and are valid for the MSc Energy and Society and MSc New and Renewable Energy. Ørsted is the global leader in offshore wind and its operations in the UK also includes other renewable technologies such as batteries and biogas, as well as providing green energy to UK businesses. In 2018, the company officially unveiled the world’s largest operational offshore wind farm, Walney Extension. The company is currently building Hornsea Project One, which will take the ‘world’s largest’ crown when it officially opens next year. Ørsted is a key strategic partner for Durham University and collaborates with Durham Energy Institute Researchers on a number of research projects and activities. This is a unique opportunity as these scholarships are only available to UK and EU students who wish to study on the MSc Energy and Society or the MSc New and Renewable Energy at Durham University. Benj Sykes, UK Country Manager at Ørsted, said: “The UK is the global leader in offshore wind and, if we are to maintain that position, we must attract the most talented minds to the industry. With the Ørsted scholarships we intend to do just that by providing the opportunity for those bright people who may otherwise been unable to progress to the next stage of their studies. Our partnership with Durham University to date is already producing cuttingedge research that is helping to drive innovation and we look forward to this continuing.” Neil MacDougall, a Fleet Operations Engineer at Ørsted, completed his masters in New & Renewable Energy in September 2014. He said: ““Completing the masters enabled me to pursue a career in an industry where I

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How to apply The deadline for Ørsted scholarship applications is 17th August 2019. By the deadline, candidates must have completed a Durham University MSc application and have sent a 400-500 word supporting statement of why they should be considered for a scholarship to: evelyn.tehrani@durham.ac.uk for MSc Energy and Society applicants eng.pgadmissions@durham.ac.uk for MSc New and Renewable Energy course. The MSc Energy and Society course,in association with the Durham Energy Institute, is an innovative postgraduate programme designed to appeal across the disciplines. The programme draws on leading experts in energy studies at Durham from Anthropology, Engineering, Geography, Physics, Economics, Humanities and other departments. It is taught through intensive block-teaching, group field-study, original dissertation research and a range of optional modules designed to complement the core teaching. The MSc New and Renewable Energy course is designed to equip graduates with the skills required to meet the growing challenge to achieve energy and environmental sustainability through the application of new and renewable energy technologies. The programme aims to enable students to develop the capacity to solve problems across the traditional Engineering boundaries and to have an appreciation of complete energy systems from source to end user, to have knowledge of the relevant technologies and to understand the interactions between them. The programme also provides students with the opportunity to develop skills in research, development, design and project management through individual and team-based project work. www.orsted.co.uk

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Active-Passive Radar Reflectors for Marine Use A significant advance in marine safety..

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Robust P.E Case with enhanced array giving a massive response 23.38m2 @ + or -3o within smallest possible case. Ideal for Ribs, Motor vessels, fish farms, poles, marina entrances, buoys and land hazards.

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Diploma in Restoration of Historic Ships & Boats

Sealite or Carmanah Solar Powered lanterns, or Orionis LED RINA Approved to 2N miles available in White, Yellow, Orange or Black, Red or Green.

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Response Max 23.38m2, average 2.27m2 @+ /-3o Ht 32cm Width 30cm, Wt 1.9kg Lid Diameter 15cm, Base Diameter 15cm Fixings to suit

EM325 Top Mark

For buoy upgrades, land or sea hazards. Maximum 86.04m2 RCS response with robust 5mm or 6mm thick UV resistant PE case to suit heavy navigation lights.

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Available in I.A.L.A Red, Green or Yellow.

EM325 2 Stack Ht 513 mm, Dia 365mm, Wt 5.4kg. Maximum RCS 62.15m2 Average RCS 7.92m2 EM325 3 Stack Ht 706mm, Dia 365mm, Wt 7kg. Maximum RCS 86.04m2 Average RCS 12.01m2 4x12mm Base fixings@200mm PCD with optional top fixings to suit a navigation light of your choice. (Replaces EM305 BM2/3 & EM305FPMS)

The Diploma in Restoration of Historic Ships and Boats, from the Maritime Training Academy consists of 10 modules. All students are required to successfully complete and pass the module assignments. Diploma students will also be required to sit and pass a final ECHOMAX EM700 Buoy Maintenance free, foam filled navigation buoys in yellow or green cones or red cans for: • Estuaries, harbours and inshore waters • Riverside boat yards and yacht clubs examination. The dream for many of us with an interest in the boats/ships and sea is to help to restore a fine old lady of the sea back to her original state and see the vessel as she was originally intended. This Restoration of Historic Ships & Boats course will help to bring that dream to fruition and allow you to take the steps required to fulfil your own vision with clear and easy to follow guidelines, and also help you towards a fuller understanding of the whole process. It will further your knowledge on Ship/Boat restoration, conservation and on what type of ships/boats to try and restore. It is not intended to be the ultimate in ship/boat restoration and conservation, rather an overall guide to what steps you should be able to take to achieve your quest of saving that old ship/ boat from the scrapheap. The course will be suitable for those who have a great interest to anyone who has ever thought about restoring that old vessel they pass every day. It can help anyone who is taking part in any kind of Marine Engineering or Boatbuilding Apprenticeship. • Anyone with an interest in old ships, sail, steam or diesel, experienced or amateur alike, will help with maritime history/research • Anyone who is taking part in any kind of Marine Engineering or Boatbuilding Apprenticeship • Looking to get into this growing field of restoration/preservation, this course will help guide you If you have a general interest in restoring old ships/boats or already have experience of building such, this course will add to your understanding and may help you participate in the restoration of old vessels. https://maritimetrainingacademy.com

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3M safety training facility approved for GWO advanced rescue training 3M, the science-based technology company, has received GWO (Global Wind Organisation) approval for two new, advanced rescue courses at its training facility in Oldham. The highly practical courses are limited to four students per instructor for maximum delegate-totrainer interaction involving practical demonstrations and application-specific teaching. Training areas include three telecommunications towers, a 17m working at height training tower, a confined space training area with a 40m tunnel and a nonoperational 30m wind turbine. Working at height remains one of the biggest causes of fatalities and major injuries. In workplace rescue, practical experience can make the difference between life or death giving rescuers the confidence to deal with a situation quickly and calmly because they have encountered it before in a realistic training scenario.

The new courses comprise: Turbine at 3M Safety Training Facility, Oldham,Lancashire, UK

GWO9 - Advanced Rescue Training (ART): This course deals with the specific issues surrounding advanced rescues in all areas of a wind turbines, giving delegates the knowledge and practical skill required to safely package and extract an injured person using industry standard lowering and raising equipment applicable to that issued by the employer. GWO10 - Advanced Rescue Training (ART) Nacelle, Tower and Basement Rescue Refresher (NTBRR): This refresher course reviews and builds upon previously gained knowledge and skills from the ART Nacelle, Tower and Basement training, as well as Working at Height training. Delegates practice entry type injured person rescue operations in a wind turbine generator, using industry standard rescue equipment, rescue methods and techniques. Successful delegates will receive a GWO ART certificate valid for two years and a Single Rescuer certificate with no expiry date. 3M is offering each course at an ‘early bird’ discounted price of £595 +VAT. (Cost mentioned is subject to change and purely at 3M discretion.) 3M.co.uk/safetytraining

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Icom IC-SAT100 PTT Satellite Radio now available The IC-SAT100 is a unique Satellite PTT handheld radio that uses the Iridium satellite communication network. Unlike a satellite phone, the IC-SAT100 will provide radio service to users with the push of a PTT (Press to Talk) button. It can be used as a communication tool in remote and isolated areas where there is no mobile phone or landline network infrastructure. Also, in the event radio or cellular network infrastructure may be rendered unusable by human or natural disasters, satellite communication can provide a stable and reliable backup solution. The IC-SAT100 PTT Satellite Radio uses Iridium satellite network which covers the whole earth, including both poles and can provide wide area global communication anywhere on the planet. Using 66 Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites it provides broader, more reliable network coverage compared to Geosynchronous Equatorial Orbit (GEO) satellites. So someone at the North Pole could talk to someone at the South Pole; there’s no other two way PTT device that can do this. Latency is incredibly low on the IC-SAT100. The delay is roughly 500 milliseconds, the same as it would be for any trunked radio system. Voice quality on the IC-SAT100 is superb and the radio is also MIL spec, waterproof and rugged. It is suitable for use in the harshness of some of the most inhospitable corners of the globe. The IC-SAT100 will be a perfect communication tool for governments, military forces, humanitarian, multinational, energy-exploration organisation plus any user that need communication in remote, isolated areas or for emergency assistance where terrestrial communication does not exist. The IC-SAT100 also features AES 256 encryption providing extra security in communication. The IC-SAT100 is ideal for an organisation that does not wish to or is unable to develop its infrastructure. With the Icom/Iridium solution, the infrastructure is already in place. All you have to invest in, are the radio terminals and airtime. Icom has also introduced the VE-PG4, a radio-over-IP (RoIP) gateway that is based on LTE technology. It acts as a gateway which acts as an interconnection to various devices including PMR, LTE/PoC Radio, IP Phones and also maritime and aviation radio. So, this is an ideal solution for those who want global communications while being able to connect local technology. www.icomuk.co.uk

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£25,000,000

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Centennial Oroquieta’s illustrious history celebrated at regional event Founded in Navarre, Spain, in 1885, Oroquieta owes its name to its founder, Manuel Oroquieta, a Spanish carpenter who closed his business to venture into the pyrotechnic industry. Manuel made use of pyrotechnic ‘secrets’ he had learned from Priests in Italy during his time there, enabling him to develop the company into one of Spain’s most well-respected industrial pyrotechnic manufacturers. In the early 1900s, Oroquieta’s products included a range of hugely popular fireworks, such as Manuel’s local adaptation of the Chinese dragon, the ‘Bull of Fire’, or ‘Zezenzuskoa’ in Euskara. Over time, Oroquieta became more synonymous with pyrotechnic distress signals due to the 1950s boom in the fishing market, and was later acquired by WesCom Signal & Rescue (then Drew Marine Signal & Safety) in 2012. This year, Oroquieta celebrates its 134th anniversary and was invited to a special event by the Navarre Chamber of Commerce, C·mara de Comercio Navarre. Centennial companies based in the district of Navarre came together to commemorate the Chamber of Commerce’s 120th anniversary, with a focus on celebrating the history and contributions of the region’s longest running companies. The ‘Homenaje a empresas centenarias’ event included a range of speakers from esteemed local companies, and a celebratory concert accompanied by cocktails. General Manager of WesCom Signal & Rescue Spain - Oroquietaís parent company - Maitane Arana, attended the event with Sales Administrator, Marta Maestrojuan. She comments, “We are very proud to be invited to such a prestigious event, celebrating the history of Navarrese business with some other fantastic organisations. We appreciate the opportunity to reflect on our growth and development as a company over the last 134 years, and strive to continue providing high-quality, life-saving equipment.” www.wescomsignal.com / www.p-oroquieta.com

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Jan de Nul start Northwester 2 construction

Construction works for a seventh offshore wind farm off the Belgian coast have started with offshore seabed preparation works commenced. Developer Parkwind and marine contractor Jan De Nul Group have announced that they are underway with the 219 MW offshore wind farm Northwester 2. The Northwester 2 wind farm will count 23 V164-9.5MW MHI Vestas Offshore Wind turbines and will be the first project to ever install this model. The turbines on monopile foundations will link through an offshore high voltage station to Elia’s Offshore Switch Yard (OSY) to export its electricity. As of 2020, the Northwester 2 wind farm will power approximately 220,000 households in Belgium. The Northwester 2 project will introduce a new design for the external access platforms on the foundations: the box platform. The platform has an innovative design developed and patented by Parkwind that consists only of steel plate material. Peter Caluwaerts, Project Director Northwester 2 at Parkwind states: “At Parkwind, we continuously look for optimizations and cost-effective solutions while developing offshore wind farms. The box platform is a showcase of this attitude. Indeed, this innovative design reduces the overall cost of the foundation fabrication by introducing ship building techniques in the fabrication process. Moreover, the box platform simplifies and reduces offshore maintenance activities over the lifetime of the windfarm. It is great to see the initial ideas now coming to life at the start of the offshore construction works.” Jan De Nul Group has just finished the offshore scour protection works on the different wind turbine locations. At each location, Jan De Nul Group’s subsea rock installation vessel Simon Stevin has installed a 32m diameter wide and 700mm thick rock layer to stabilize the seabed around the foundation. Jan De Nul Group is now gearing up to install the first foundation. The monopile foundations for the wind turbines will be hammered directly through the rock layer into the seabed. Stan Logghe, Senior Project Manager Northwester 2 at Jan De Nul Group, confirms: “A full year of preparation is now coming to an end with the start of the construction phase. With the installation vessel Vole au vent returned to Ostend, Jan De Nul is now ready to commence the installation of the foundations for the Northwester 2 wind farm.” Jan De Nul Group equipped its Vole au vent with the most advanced monopile gripper to date, delivered by Huisman. The monopile gripper has a modular, tailor-made design and is unique in its capacity and versatility. The gripper allows use on a wide range of projects already under construction, but also in the future for which the specifications are yet to be determined. Jan De Nul Group will deploy this most advanced gripper for the first time on the Northwester 2 project. www.jandenul.com

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