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New Year across the maritime world... Just what do we all have to look forward to in 2022? Welcome to the January 2021 issue of Marine & Maritime Gazette the monthly magazine aimed at Worldwide coverage of the commercial marine, shipping and waterbased renewables markets. As we look forward to a brighter 2022, with the promise of the maritime world still on the road to normality, we hope for continued improvement across the sector and a more normal environment for all. Inside this issue, we are, as usual, covering a vast amount of topics, from ‘Anchors, Mooring, Rope & Chain’ on page 28, to the ‘ins and outs’ of ‘Vessel Build, Repair & Maintenance’ from page 20. There is also a quick look at ‘Training, Certification & Courses’ on page 36 and from page 40 we also have a ‘peek’ at ‘Marine Survey & Inspection’. Anyway, we would like to wish you all the best for the coming year and, of course, Commercial Ma happy reading. rine & Renewab les Worldwide If you have any New Year news, reviews, product launches or absolutely anything else of interest across the whole marine market, please email it through to me at info@-.plus.com for future consideration in our forthcoming issues.

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Seiche Ltd works with Ørsted during construction of its Hornsea Two offshore wind farm.

Cover story Hydroscand hold two BFPA training courses.

p18 Crew tender First Crew Tender Vessel of the NG Endurance class christened at Next Generation Shipyards, Lauwersoog.

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As well-respected specialists in the field of marine mammal monitoring and mitigation measures, Seiche Ltd was engaged by Ørsted earlier this year to minimise the impact on marine mammals during construction of its Hornsea Two wind farm, located 89km off the UK’s North East coast. This was a key requirement of the wind farm’s marine licence conditions. Marine Mammal Observers worked from the installation vessel to ensure that marine mammals were protected during the installation of the Substation (OSS), Reactive Offshore Compensation Station (RCS) (September to October 2020) and the Wind Turbine Generators (WTGs) (October 2020 - October 2021). To achieve this, Seiche provided an Acoustic Deterrent Device (ADD) and marine mammal observers/ADD operators. Extensive reporting was carried out throughout the project. Project Manager at Seiche, Jennifer Shearing comments: “It was exciting working with Ørsted on such an important and well-organised project. Ørsted’s enthusiasm towards protecting the marine environment was a pleasure to see. The project was such a success, it finished ahead of

Vessel monitoring P&O Ferries and We4Sea sign agreement to roll out vessel monitoring solution.

p20 Environmental tech Fugro deploy two autonomous environmental landers off coast of Saudi Arabia to collect deep data in remote areas..

p42 time, and Seiche is thankful to the fantastic marine mammal mitigation team we had in the field. Their commitment and hard work ensured the project ran smoothly. Communications with DEME, the installation contractor, were excellent, resulting in efficient, well organised crew changes.” Jennifer Brack, Consent Manager for Ørsted’s Hornsea Two Offshore Wind Farm said: “As experts in their field, Seiche were a pleasure to work with. Their work was well-organised, wellcommunicated, and fulfilled all our requirements in terms of protecting mammals in the marine environment while construction took place”.

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Tekmar Energy secures CPS supply contract for Arcadis Ost 1 Offshore Wind Farm

Tekmar Energy Limited, a Tekmar Group Company, is pleased to announce a contract award by Global Offshore to supply Cable Protection Systems (CPS) for the Arcadis Ost 1 offshore wind farm in Germany. Arcadis Ost 1 is a 257 MW offshore wind project developed by Parkwind. The project will be located in the Baltic Sea, northeast of the island of Rügen in Germany. Under the supply contract, Tekmar Energy will design, manufacture, and supply its latest generation of TekTube CPS to protect the wind farms array cables as they transition from the seabed into the wind turbine foundation at 27 separate locations. The CPS will be manufactured at Tekmar Energy’s state-of-the-art facility in the North East of England and delivered to Global Offshore in 2022. Tekmar Group’s comprehensive engineering capability and unrivalled industry experience make it uniquely positioned to deliver the optimum cable protection solution. This was demonstrated by Tekmar Energy working alongside fellow Group companies Ryder Geotechnical, Subsea Innovation and AgileTek Engineering to engineer and optimise Everard are a forward thinking marine insurance brokerr, offering CPS for Arcadis Ost 1. comprehensive, cost effective insurance packages for the shippingg industry. Marc Bell, Managing Director at Specialising in every aspect spect of marine insurance for over 40 years, we pride ride ourselves Tekmar Energy, said: “We are on our professional and d independent advice and in-house claims service e 24/7. delighted that Global Offshore has For more information please get in touch with Gareth Evans or Justyn Lemar emar. selected Tekmar Energy’s Generation E: gareth.evans@everardinsurance.co.uk rdinsurance.co.uk | T: 01732 224 681 10 CPS technology to protect Arcadis E: justyn.lemar@everardinsurance.co.uk rdinsurance.co.uk | T: 01732 224 698 Ost 1. This project award demonstrates the industry’s continued confidence in our subsea protection solutions. We look forward to working with Global Offshore to ensure costeffective and timely project delivery”. Mark Gillespie, Managing Director at Global Offshore, part of the Global Marine Group, commented “With Tekmar Energy supporting the Arcadis Ost 1 project, we have a proven and reliable CPS partner. Global Offshore has full confidence in successful project delivery and is delighted to have Tekmar Energy onboard”.

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Hydrogen powered container terminal

The Port of Duisburg, Germany, is to be home to first climate Europe’s container terminal powered by hydrogen and intelligent operations.

AD Ports Group celebrates Khalifa Port’s nine years of growth AD Ports Group is celebrating the ninth anniversary of Khalifa Port with the announcement that it has reached its highest-ever position at number 56 in the 2021 Lloyd’s List Top 100 ranking, the global record of the world's container port facilities. Strategically located between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, Khalifa Port was officially inaugurated in 2012 by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Lloyds List highlights that Khalifa Port was one of only a handful of ports in the world to achieve double-digit volume growth over the past year, despite the impact on shipping and the global supply chain due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This impressive volume growth is driven in part by its standing as a regional hub for some of the world’s top shipping companies, such as COSCO SHIPPING Ports and MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company. This growth is set to continue thanks to the recent agreement signed in September 2021, between AD Ports Group and CMA CGM Group, to build a new terminal in Khalifa Port with an initial capacity of 1.8 million TEUs. The terminal will provide CMA CGM with a new regional focal point, making Khalifa Port a hub for three of the world’s top four shipping companies. Growth has also been driven by Khalifa Port’s proximity to KIZAD, Abu Dhabi’s integrated trade, logistics and industrial hub. The access to global markets and convenience provided by the joint port and industrial zone value proposition is a great advantage to the region’s manufacturing and industry sectors. Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Group CEO, AD Ports Group, said: “Khalifa Port continues to expand in response to the ongoing market demand and at the direction of the leadership of Abu Dhabi, which has prioritised diversification and economic growth. “Even during the challenging conditions that we saw at the start of the global pandemic, we continued to sustain volume growth and continued to develop new facilities to boost capacity. As our expansion programme continued, we have deployed cutting-edge technology and innovations to ensure that our operations are smart, sustainable and contribute to our mission to reimagine global trade and logistics.” Linton Nightingale, Lloyd’s List Deputy Editor said “Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi has continued to go from strength-to-strength having gained support from two of the world’s largest container shipping lines, MSC and COSCO, helping draw traffic too from their affiliated alliances. The port has cemented itself as a premier hub for container transhipment services in the Middle East and is on the cusp of becoming a top 50 box hub in terms of annual TEUs volumes. This is a remarkable achievement given how Khalifa Port has attained this status in such a short timeframe.” Khalifa Port was developed from a stretch of reclaimed land four kilometres out to sea and is now a major hub serving more than 25 shipping lines with direct links to 70 international destinations. Development continues across all service areas to create a truly multipurpose port, in response to ongoing and exponential business demand. For general and bulk cargo South Quay is now operational, and great progress has been made on the South Quay Wall, with the majority of landside works completed. In addition, work on Khalifa Port Logistics continues, with landslide works progressing well and infrastructure in place for the new Arabian Chemical Terminals commercial liquid and gas storage facility. Work is continuing apace on the dedicated Khalifa Port Etihad Rail Terminal, which will connect the port to the national rail network. In November, Etihad Rail announced that it had completed 50 percent of the marine rail bridge construction to connect Khalifa Port with the network. Other recent achievements include the announcement that CSP Abu Dhabi terminal is the first container terminal in the Middle East to implement an autonomous port truck system. A total of six electric Q-Trucks have been commissioned to support mother vessel loading and unloading activities within the facility’s container yard. www.adportsgroup.com

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On the site of the former Coal Island, Duisport will construct the trimodal Duisburg Gateway Terminal, to be completed next year, together with its partners Cosco Shipping Logistics, Hupac SA, and the HTS Group. To implement the complete energy transformation, Duisport and the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT have analysed forward-looking technologies and developed models for Europe’s largest hub as part of the existing enerPort project. As part of the follow-up project, called enerPort II, the next step will be to install a sustainable energy system that links renewable energies, energy storage, consumers and various hydrogen technologies. The key components for this are fuel cell systems and hydrogen engines for power generation as well as battery storage. The final stage, which follows the two construction phases, involves a multimodal

split being implemented, which provides for 40% transport by rail, 40% transport by inland waterway vessel and only 20% road transport by truck. For this purpose, 240,000m2 of terminal space will accommodate six gantry cranes, twelve block train tracks with a length of 730m and a number of berths for inland waterway vessels. Duisport CEO Markus Bangen commented: “In the Duisburg Gateway Terminal, our operations will not only be state-of-the-art, digital and efficient, but also 100% climateneutral. The largest development project since ‘logport I’ 22 years ago is a model project with a resonance far beyond the Port of Duisburg. It shows what the logistics and energy supply of tomorrow will look like.” Hydrogen-powered shunting locomotives are planned to be used at the DGT in the future. There are no reach stackers; all goods movements are controlled digitally. An onshore power connection is available for each barge at the dock to minimise greenhouse gas emissions. This terminal is already considered as a test field and model for climate-neutral inland ports worldwide. www.duisport.de

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Damen Shipyards hands over new RoPax 6716 To Port Authority of Timor-Leste

In a ceremony held on the 20th of December, Damen Shipyards officially handed over the new RoPax 6716 ferry to the Port Authority of Timor-Leste (APORTIL). Built at Damen’s Yichang Shipyard in China, the Berlin-Ramelau arrived on the 9th of December at Timor-Leste’s capital city Dili, to start an extensive training programme for the new crew.

Timor-Leste has a population of just 1.3 million, making the vessel a significant addition to the country’s infrastructure. It will link Dili with the nearby island of Ataúro and the enclave of Oecusse-Ambeno, a coastal settlement otherwise surrounded by the neighbouring West Timor, an Indonesian province. The 67-metre Berlin-Ramelau, named after Germany’s capital city in recognition of that country’s financial assistance with the project, and Timor-Leste’s highest mountain, is projected to bring substantial economic and social benefits. Built to take up to 308 passengers plus private and commercial vehicles, and cargo, it will increase access to education and employment for those living in the outlying regions, as well as increasing internal trade. Damen Regional Director, Mr. Gysbert Boersma, commented: “Despite all sorts of challenges arising over the course of the project due to the worldwide pandemic, I am delighted that we managed to deliver the vessel on time. This was only possible due to the joint efforts of Aportil, IMS Nord, the KFW bank and Damen Shipyards. “The timing and construction site resulted in this project finding itself at the centre of a global crisis but, despite all the difficulties, our team was able to complete the project two years later, and with less than three percent deviation from the budget.” “I consider this a great success,” said Minister of Transport H.E. José Agostinho da Silva in his speech at the ceremony. “Maritime connectivity reinforces national unity and is the main source of supply for the populations of Oecusse-Ambeno and Ataúro. The Maritime Transport Policy provides for the extension of maritime links to the east and south coast, and this is the original objective of the BerlinRamelau.” Damen’s RoPax series offers mid to high speed ferries in a wide range of sizes and specifications, all of which are safe, comfortable and contemporary in their design, equipment and styling. Damen’s trademark combination of standardisation, the availability of a wide range of options, and customisation where required, ensures that the precise needs of each customer are met to the full. www.damen.com

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Almost two-thirds of species at deep-sea hydrothermal vents are at risk of extinction. New research from Queen’s University Belfast has led to 184 deep-sea species being added to the global Red List of Threatened Species. With almost two-thirds of the species assessed listed as threatened, it highlights the urgent need to protect them from extinction.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s Red List of Threatened Species is the world’s foremost conservation authority, with universally recognised extinction risk categories (e.g. Endangered, Critically Endangered, etc.) used to raise awareness of species’ conservation needs to industry, policy makers, and the general public. More than 140,000 species have been Red Listed but less than 15% are from marine environments and barely any are from the deep sea. The deep sea is the largest environment on earth with thousands of unique species living in extreme habitats. The remoteness of these seafloor habitats means they are often understudied, making it difficult to understand and communicate their conservation requirements. Hydrothermal vents are just one of these unique deep-sea ecosystems. Vent habitats host a similar density of life as tropical rainforests and coral reefs. There are approximately 600 of these hotspots known worldwide and most are one-third of a football field in size. Vent communities are also distinctly different from the surrounding seafloor, making these highly insular habitats. There is growing industrial interest in the deep sea, including deep-sea mining for commercially important metals, meaning it is now vital to protect these unique, insular ecosystems and their specialist endemic species. Lead researcher and Queen’s University Belfast PhD student, Elin Thomas, said: “We focused on assessing species found at hydrothermal vents, as these areas are increasingly targeted for their natural resources, and we wanted to better understand the threat this poses to the rich marine life found there. As one of the dominant species groups at vent habitats and following on from the assessment of the Scaly-foot Snail as Endangered in 2019, we focused our study on molluscs.” The researchers applied the IUCN Red List criteria to assess the extinction risk of all mollusc species known exclusively from hydrothermal vents. The research found that of the 184 species assessed, 62% are listed as threatened: 39 are Critically Endangered, 32 are Endangered, and 43 are Vulnerable. The paper - Global Red List for Hydrothermal Vent Molluscs - was published in Frontiers in Marine Science, and supported by the Marine Institute. The research involved an international team from the USA, Canada, Japan and the UK. Elin added: “Almost two-thirds of the molluscs are listed as threatened, which illustrates the urgent need to protect these species from extinction.” “Indian Ocean vent molluscs are under the greatest extinction risk, with 100% of species listed in threatened categories and 60% as Critically Endangered. This coincides with the distribution of mining contracts granted by the International Seabed Authority, highlighting the risk that mining poses to vent species and clearly demonstrating why we need these data. In fact, we found that seabed management and mining regulation consistently had the greatest impact on a species’ extinction risk so we need regulations in place as a matter of urgency. This research should be used to develop new policies to protect these species before it is too late.” The novel approach, which combines mining regulatory frameworks and species distributions, has been published in Conservation Biology entitled ‘Assessing the extinction risk of insular, understudied marine species’. The approach could be applied beyond the marine environment, with the potential to rapidly gauge extinction risk outcomes for species across insular ecosystems worldwide. Elin concluded: “It’s vital that we continue to deepen our understanding of the marine environment before it’s too late for too many species. Using the IUCN Red List has enabled us to assess which species are most at risk and we hope that these data will be used to inform policies to protect these species from threats like mining, as well as enable conservationists to use this approach for assessing the extinction risk of other data-limited species, both marine and on land.” www.qub.ac.uk

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Sustainable and efficient crew tender vessel christened at Next Generation Shipyards The first Crew Tender Vessel of the NG Endurance class was christened at Next Generation Shipyards in Lauwersoog recently. This innovative vessel which will sail under the name 'COS Master' and will be operated by CoastWise Offshore Services for the transport of personnel and material to and from, among other things, offshore wind farms.

The spacious aluminium ship offers comfortable space for 31 passengers and 5 crew members. This is a significant capacity increase. Until now, it was common practice to carry only 12 to 24 passengers. In addition, a further 22 tons of deck cargo can be transported, such as materials and equipment needed for the construction and maintenance of the wind turbines at sea. In the specially developed hull shape, the good properties of a single-hull vessel are combined with the user benefits of the double-hull catamaran. The shape of the hull and the weight distribution significantly increase the workability and in addition, a further 20 percent fuel is saved. In addition to saving fuel, this ship emits much less NOX than is required by law. It is possible to sail on HVO, the fuel that is made from 100% vegetable oils. This gives a further CO2 reduction of 90%. Construction of the second ship for the same client is now in full swing at Next Generation Shipyards. The employability is considerably higher than comparable ships on the market. Albert Keizer, Managing Director of NG Shipyards: “Based on the average North Sea conditions over the past 15 years, the NG Endurance can be employed at least 50 to 60 days more per year. This is because the ship can still operate safely at greater wave heights. The greater availability contributes to shortening the construction time of the wind farms. This can shorten the construction phase of the wind farms, making them more profitable and it is just as important that the impact on nature is also reduced. The good sea behaviour and therefore the great comfort on board offers the workers in the wind farms highquality work. Over the past week, many stakeholders watched the NG Endurance and showed themselves very excited. We therefore expect a lot from this ship.” www.ngshipyards.com

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Damen Shoalbuster 3815 SD delivered to Caspian Offshore Construction

Damen Shipyards has delivered a new Shoalbuster 3815 SD to Caspian Offshore Construction LLP (COC). The Shoalbuster 3815 SD is one of the newest and largest vessels in the Shoalbuster range and stands out for its ability to operate in waters of no more than 120 centimetres in depth. Named the Caspian Amwaj, this new addition to COC’s fleet will initially be deployed on a project in the Arabian Gulf, the company’s first in the region.

The Shoalbuster 3815 SD is a highly versatile workboat capable of taking on a wide variety of assignments. Handling anchors, buoys and hoses, as well as towing and other general support tasks for the offshore oil & gas industry, all fall within its operational profile. Suitably equipped it can also undertake dredging and support activities in waters that few other vessels can access. Installed power of 1,540 bhp directed through four 1,000 mm aft propellers delivers 18.6 tonnes of bollard pull, and twin bow thrusters bring added manoeuvrability. 185 m2 of working deck space enables it to carry substantial cargos. The standard accommodation in the 38-metre, 250 dwt vessel allows for comfortable living space for 11 persons in accordance with MLC regulations. The Caspian Amwaj was built for stock at Albwardy Damen and the sale contract with COC was signed in midOctober 2021 with the handover taking place just four weeks later. This rapid delivery was possible due to the excellent cooperation between COC and Damen. Established in 2003, Caspian Offshore Construction is based in Kazakhstan and is a leading supplier of offshore marine services in the Caspian Sea, which is well known for its shallow waters. A valued customer of the Damen Group, its fleet includes a Damen Stan Tug 1606 ICE, a Multi Cat 1908, two Fast Crew Suppliers 3307 and a Fast Crew Boat 1605. “We are indeed very excited to have taken delivery of this unique unit from our established partner Damen Shipyard with whom we have been successfully cooperating over last 15 years”, says Timur Sharapiev, COC Managing Director. “Word Amwaj in Arabic language means Wave, therefore selected name Caspian Amwaj is quite symbolic to this occasion in a sense that COC is now “sailing” into Middle East market on the back of our strong track record of operating in Caspian waters. I would like to wish Caspian Amwaj and her crew safe journey and best of luck”. “The ultra-shallow draught Shoalbuster 3815 SD was developed in close consultation with owners and operators of vessels operating in shallow waters,” says Marc Tijssen, Sales Manager Damen Shipyards Group East & South-East Europe. “The vessel is ideal not only for work in the shallow waters of the Arabian Gulf but also for COC’s primary area of operations, the Caspian Sea. We look forward to seeing Caspian Amwaj excelling in her role.” www.damen.com

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Damen opens Service Hub in Hamburg, Germany

Damen Shipyards Group is opening its latest service hub, in Hamburg, Germany. This takes the total number of hubs to fifteen, spread across Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Middle East, and Australia. The Hamburg hub will serve not only Germany but also Denmark and Poland.

The hubs ethos is to provide a local service, worldwide, and the Hamburg hub will act as the one-stop-shop for Damen customers located in the region seeking warranty service, training and service support. However, customers do not necessarily need to own Damen vessels. The group’s resources are available to all seeking advice and support as well as access to facilities and expertise. Like all Damen service hubs, Hamburg is staffed by local personnel with experience of ship building and maintenance in their region and able to respond quickly to enquiries. The hub is also expanding its network of local suppliers to ensure that products and services are sourced locally wherever possible. “A key part of our service offering is the provision of integrated maritime solutions,” adds Carsten Wiese, Service Hub Manager, Hamburg. “By being geographically closer to our customers, we are well positioned to engage with owners throughout the lifecycle of their vessels. This enables us to offer targeted and relevant solutions to help minimise long-term operational costs, particularly when vessel connectivity facilitates knowledge-powered operations, and also maintenance support solutions.” While the hub acts as a single point of contact for customers in the Germany, Denmark, Poland region, customers can be assured that the full resources of the Damen group stand behind it, and the hub can also coordinate with the other hubs around the world to ensure continuity of care as a vessel moves across the oceans. www.damen.com


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Herbosch-Kiere NV and its British subsidiary Herbosch-Kiere Ltd have recently been awarded a contract for the renewal of Thunderer Jetty, situated on the Thames in Dagenham, London, UK. The jetty is owned by the international organisation Stolthaven Terminals, which is making significant investments in modernization of the jetty and the terminal. The project starts this month and will take over a year and a half to complete. Thunderer Jetty was originally built in the early 1900s and is operated today by Stolthaven Terminals. Smaller refurbishments were previously undertaken to adapt the jetty to the changing needs of shipping, but this time a thorough and complete renewal has been chosen. New mooring structures, scaffolding platforms and access bridges are being built, along with the installation of new pipe-racks, piping and electromechanical equipment. The works have to be carried out in various complex phases as the terminal must remain operational throughout the project. To bring the project to a successful conclusion, Herbosch-Kiere will call on its own extensive fleet of vessels and equipment and the expertise of its staff. In recent years, Herbosch-Kiere NV has successfully constructed several similar jetties within the port of Antwerp, and the experience they have gained there, will now be applied in the United Kingdom. Benny De Sutter, CEO Herbosch-Kiere NV commented: “We are very pleased to have signed this contract and to be able to contribute to the development of Stolthaven Dagenham. With the renewal of Thunderer Jetty, we can underline our position as an International specialised hydraulic contractor.” Bas Verheul, Asset Management Director Stolthaven Terminals added: “Upgrading our historic jetty is a significant milestone for Stolthaven Dagenham. After significant modernizations and expansion onshore, this is a crucial next step in our program to make Stolthaven Dagenham the most respected terminal in the UK. We are happy to able to work with an experienced contractor in a collaborative approach, keeping operational disruptions to an absolute minimum.” www.herbosch-kiere.be

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Latest Modulift spreader beam goes into action at Dover, UK

Modulift’s new MOD 1100/2000t spreader beam, the latest addition to their modular range of DNV type approved spreader beams, recently completed its first lift in Dover in the UK.

The new owner, Safe Lifting Europe, carried out the lift for its customer Bonn & Mees Floating Cranes. The new spreader beam has a 33 metre span. “Part of the project to supply this ‘beast’ of a beam, required Modulift’s compressive test bed to be extended to 33 metres and increased in capacity to 2300t which was quite a project in itself,” commented John Baker, commercial director for Modulift. The spreader beam was transported using two trucks from Safe Lifting Europe’s yard to Bonn & Mees Floating Cranes in Rotterdam. Bonn & Mees Floating Cranes then used two of its largest floating sheerlegs to lift and store the spreader beam before it was shipped to Dover to lift two parts of a bridge. As part of the lifting configuration, two additional Modulift MOD 400 spreader beams had to be used. The assembly of the spreader took the Safe Lifting Europe team a whole day. They utilised an electric torque wrench, enabling them to work at a much faster pace. “It was incredible to see the new MOD 1100/2000t spreader beam up in the air for the first time,” said Giovani Vroegop, technical commercial manager for Safe Lifting Europe. “The sheer size of the beam can only be really appreciated when you’re up close. It really is huge,” he added. www.modulift.com

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Damen’s ASD 2312 Tug is now available at simulator centres globally, as well as in the SimFlex Cloud, following an agreement with FORCE Technology, a leading maritime research and development company and frontrunner in developing simulators for the maritime industry. FORCE Technology’s SimFlex simulator model of the ASD 2312 Tug provides an accurate and completely realistic experience that corresponds to the actual vessel. Bastin Kubbe, Damen Regional Service Manager Asia Pacific, comments: “We decided to team up with FORCE Technology because of their global coverage and highly respected reputation in the maritime industry. Originally, we came up with the idea to design a simulator model for the ASD 2312 because of the various Covid lockdowns and travel restrictions in countries such as Australia and New Zealand. “We want to enable our customers to thoroughly test our vessels in an accessible manner prior- or during the acquisition process. Simulations can assist customers when deciding on the tug type they require, but they are equally important after an acquisition, when the simulator can be used for training purposes for existing and new customers. The SimFlex simulator is a super realistic, immersive experience. Operators can really see how the Damen ASD 2312 Tug manoeuvres in real life.” This investment in simulator technology also fits in with Damen’s policy of being the most sustainable shipbuilder in the world, he stresses. “Previously, customers would have to fly to one of our yards which can be difficult currently, given the various lockdowns and travel restrictions. By collaborating with FORCE Technology and creating access to this new Damen design, every port in the world can now simulate operations with the Damen ASD 2312.” FORCE Technology already has several renowned Damen vessels in its simulator portfolio. Jan Michelsen, Head of Department, Simulation, Ports & Training at FORCE Technology, comments: “We use advanced modelling techniques to ensure a realistic environment in our own and client simulator training facilities. This is achieved by using mathematical ship models that respond exactly like the actual vessels. Our models are based on an eclectic approach where sea trials as well as data from physical model tests derived from our towing tank, wind tunnel test facilities and from numerical calculations (CFD) is applied to ensure that the reactions of the simulated vessel replicate reality. “Damen is world renowned for their innovative ships with an enhanced focus on sustainability, safety, reliability and efficiency – values that are also core to FORCE Technology, hence this strategic partnership makes good sense. We have decided to make the ASD 2312 Tug model available in simulator centres globally, as well as in our brand new SimFlex Cloud SaaS solution that is available anywhere and at any time.” The Damen ASD 2312 Tug is one of the company’s most well-known vessel types. This compact, multipurpose ASD Tug delivers a powerful 70 tonnes of bollard pull, while the patented Twin Fin skeg plus twin Azimuth thrusters ensure excellent manoeuvrability. An obstacle-free working deck provides a safe working environment for the six crew members, as does the integrated winch which handles both forward and aft operations. The central positioning of the winch means the vessel can tow both fore and aft. www.damen.com

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Hydroscand hold BFPA training courses

“By continuing to train our teams, we can offer excellent customer service and confidence to our customers”.

The teams at Hydroscand receive regular training in several aspects of their roles. The British Fluid Power Association (BFPA) offer a suite of industry specific training courses and back in November the company held not one but two, two-day BFPA Hose Assembly Skills Training Courses, at the head office in Nottingham. There were a good cross section of team members taking the course, from Sales Managers to Mobile Hose Technicians to Branch Technicians. Here are just some of the comments from those who attended: Rob Roseveare, Mobile Hose Technician at the Bodmin branch said: “The BFPA Course was excellently delivered by Stephen Dilks as always. He is happy to answer any questions and gives good suggestions to alternative methods to achieve better results. “After 10 years of working within the hydraulic hose industry, this course keeps everyone up to date with all the latest industry standards, and new practices to keep us as engineers informed and safe and keeping customer downtime to minimum. “The course content is very in-depth when looking at the Thread Form chapter. You come away with a better understanding, of how to identify the different types of hose inserts and adaptors Hydroscand keeps as standard in stock.” John Vincent, who recently joined Hydroscand as Mobile Technician at the Birmingham branch added: “I attended the BFPA course and found it very interesting. It was a real eye opener to the dangers when dealing with hydraulics and making it a safer environment. “I also learned about the hoses, fittings, measurements and thread types…very useful course and I enjoyed it.” Kelvin Curnow, Sales Manager commented: “As usual, a well delivered and presented informative course, with plenty of opportunities to ask questions and discuss topics within the syllabus. I was pleased with the pace and coursework material provided, which proves a valuable ongoing reference. “No matter what level of hydraulics experience you possess, you can be sure you’ll either take away something new or will at least get refreshed. “Always a pleasure to attend these BFPA courses professionally run by Stephen Dilks.” Mobile Hose Technician, Jed Saxby at the Nottingham branch said: “The course was very interesting and gave a good in-depth, insight into making hydraulic hoses.” Conor Borrett, Branch Technician also from Nottingham branch added: “The course was very informative and helpful in giving the basics on hydraulic hoses. It was nice to meet colleagues from different branches.” www.hydroscand.co.uk

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P&O Ferries and We4Sea have signed a cooperation agreement to roll-out the We4Sea Digital Twin based performance monitoring solution over the P&O Ferries chartered fleet. The aim is to reduce fuel consumption and emissions from ships.

P&O Ferries are one of the UK's largest ferry operators with a vast fleet of ships serving a network of ferries to France, Belgium, Holland, Ireland, England and Northern Ireland. We4Sea, a Rotterdam based maritime scale-up focussing on increasing the fuel efficiency and reducing the emissions of seagoing ships, uses a Digital Twin based analysis as part of their online software platform. The Digital Twin is used to provide shipowners and ship charterers with improved analysis tools. As part of their continuous efforts to reduce fuel consumption and emissions, P&O Ferries and We4Sea have agreed to roll out the monitoring solution over the P&O Ferries chartered fleet. P&O Ferries is not the owner of many of the vessels they operate. We4Sea’s software module has been developed with a focus on charterers, that do not have direct access to the vessel and do not have the option to install monitoring equipment. The proprietary Digital Twin technology of We4Sea enables the building of a digital sister vessel with all relevant technical characteristics of the real vessel. This data is enriched with other data sources, such as data on vessel speed, draught, weather conditions, wave heights, currents, and wind. The Digital Twin is capable of transforming this big data pool into real-time actionable management information. This technology does not require the installation of hardware on-board and is therefore ideal for charterers. Charterers like P&O Ferries can use a web-based platform to continuously monitor the fuel consumption and carbon emissions of their chartered vessels in real-time. The software solution supports full transparency as to the operations of ships, and is used to optimize fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. www.we4sea.com

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Contract for modification

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Dales Marine Services Ltd in Leith has won the contract, worth around £1 million, following a competitive tender process and the work is now underway. The works are expected to be completed by early 2022, with CalMac crew then undergoing on board training and familiarisation. The MV Utne has been earmarked for the Oban-Craignure route, and communities in Skye and the Western Isles will also benefit as a result of the cascade of vessels elsewhere on the network. Engagement work will take place with key stakeholders to develop detailed deployment, cascade and related timetables for the 2022 summer season. Minister for Transport Graeme Dey commented: “This contract award is another welcome step towards the MV Utne entering into service on the Clyde and Hebrides network, which will bring much needed resilience to the service. “It’s also pleasing to see a local company win the contract to carry out the vessel modifications. “The purchase of the MV Utne is part of our £580 million commitment to fund new ferries and port investments over the next five years. We continue to work with CMAL and CalMac to develop potential programmes that will deliver additional improvements to the network.” Kevin Hobbs, chief executive of CMAL added: “Taking delivery of MV Utne is a positive step towards bringing extra resilience to the fleet. The vessel requires some modifications to ensure she gains Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) approval to operate in Scottish waters, which differs from Norwegian regulations. ”Once Dales Marine has completed the work and the CalMac team have had familiarisation training, she will be a valuable addition to our fleet. “We’re currently running a competition to decide her new name, and encourage anyone who would like to get involved to visit our website to cast their vote” Michael Milne, CEO for Dales Marine Services Ltd, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this comprehensive scope of works enabling the vessel to be aligned with UK regulations for passenger ferries and enabling the vessel to join the CalMac fleet next year”. www.transport.gov.scot/news/mv-utne-update/

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Albert Keizer (NG Shipyards), Eelco Wijdieks and Douwe van der Berg (Coastwise)

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NG Shipyards and CoastWise Offshore Services have recently completed the newbuild order for a third Crew Tender Vessel of the NG Endurance class.

The ship will be delivered at the end of 2022. CoastWise state they again opted for the NG Endurance, because it is more sustainable and efficient than comparable ships in the market. Albert Keizer, director of NG Shipyards: “This third order is a confirmation for us that the NG Endurance is a ground-breaking design. We are very pleased with the trust from CoastWise.” NG Shipyards is currently building the second NG Endurance for CoastWise. The first ship, COS Master, was christened on December 10. CoastWise transports personnel and equipment to and from wind farms with these ships. In addition to being deployed as crew tenders, these vessels can also be used for or combined with hydrographic survey and research work. The NG Endurance is sustainable: thanks to the revolutionary hull design, a combination of catamaran and monohull, 20% fuel is saved. With this monomaran it is also possible to sail on the vegetable fuel HVO, which results in a further CO2 reduction of 90%. The NG Endurance operate safely in higher waves resulting in extending with 30% operational days. This means not only that windfarms can be built faster but also less impact on nature. The ship is able to transport 30 passengers so called Industrial Personal at once. www.ngshipyards.com www.coastwise.nl

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New Shoalbuster 2711 Duchess handed over to Ports of Jersey in christening ceremony

The second of Damen’s new Shoalbuster 2711 class was handed over to its owner Ports of Jersey on 11 November in a christening ceremony held at Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld. First introduced in 2019, the compact, 27-metre Shoalbuster 2711 provides an extra two metres of beam compared to its predecessor, the Shoalbuster 2709, for extra space both on and below decks, as well as added stability.

While Damen won the contract through a tender procedure, the Ports of Jersey took into account the performance and reliability of their existing Damen Shoalbuster, a 2609 model named Duke of Normandy, which they have been operating for the past fifteen years. The new Duchess delivers all the versatility for which the Shoalbuster range is well known and as well as the extra stability her additional two metres of beam keeps her into compliance with MLC regulations, making her easier to operate for clients working under the UK workboat Code. 43 tonnes of bollard pull establishes her towage credentials and, from the wide range of options available, she has been fitted with a large deck crane to assist in marine construction and other harbour works. Anchor handling, dredge assistance and surveys are additional activities for which she is well suited. As part of the Ports of Jersey’s commitment to sustainability Duchess is being made available to support wind farm operations in UK and French waters, as well as up into the North Sea. The extra space available for equipment and stores plus comfortable accommodation for up to seven personnel gives her enhanced range and durability. “Damen feels really honoured in supporting Ports of Jersey in their fleet expansion,” said Jeroen van Woerkum, Commercial Manager Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld. “The Shoalbuster 2711 is a great, all-round workhorse for harbours as well as offshore assignments, and we are confident that she will give many years of service and prove to be a great asset to her owners. We look forward to further strengthening the relationship between our two organisations.” Captain Bill Sadler, Jersey Harbour Master and COO Marine, Ports of Jersey, commented: “It was an important day for our marine services business, and it was special to spend it with colleagues, our friends at Damen and partners in the industry. We look forward to Duchess building its own reputation in the workboat industry, as its little sister the Duke of Normandy has over the years.” At the christening ceremony the Duchess was officially named by Ports of Jersey employee Fiona Planterose, after which she headed for Le Havre for her first assignment, a towing job. www.damen.com

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Diverse Marine & Caister Volunteer Lifeboat Service to build new lifeboat

Diverse Marine Ltd. and Caister Volunteer Lifeboat Service Ltd. are pleased to announce that the two parties have signed a new vessel construction agreement for a first of class 14m Medina Class Lifeboat.

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After a competitive international tender process using a design from Walker Marine Design, the construction of the vessel at Cowes on the Isle of Wight completes the evolutionary process that saw the original Medina Class Lifeboat built very close to the current build location over 35 years ago - before the design was adopted by the Dutch who built the station’s current Lifeboat, ‘Bernard Matthews II‚‘ 17 years ago. The 14m self-righting Lifeboat features an aluminium hull, deck and coach roof together with a resiliently mounted GRP wheelhouse to reduce noise and vibration for the crew. The fully air-conditioned wheelhouse layout has been designed for up to six crew, all with designated AllSalt Maritime SHOXS 2000 seats. Configuration is for a central helm station forward, nav station aft to stbd and an additional dedicated space for stretcher and casualties. Twin Scania DI13-077M main propulsion engines drive twin Hamilton HJ364 water jet units for speeds in excess of 35 knots. Twin helm stations will feature Hamilton Jet’s AVX control system and Jet-Anchor functionality for station keeping. A comprehensive navigation and communications suite will be supplied by Boat Electrics and Electronics Ltd. The vessel has commenced build and will be delivered this year. Ben Colman, Director of Diverse Marine says: “We are delighted and very proud to be awarded the contract for this Lifeboat for such a high profile and respected charitable organisation. Our expertise building high quality workboats together with the repair and maintenance of Lifeboats stands us in a good position to deliver this first of class vessel, meeting the specific requirements from the crew of the Caister Lifeboat. Paul Garrod, Chairman of Caister Volunteer Lifeboat Service says: “This marks the next chapter in the history of Caister Independent Lifeboat. Our current lifeboat has served us well over the last 17 years, and carried out many rescues during her time on service. The new lifeboat will be purpose built for our needs at Caister, and the Directors, Crew and Members and all our volunteers are excited and proud that it will be built in the United Kingdom.” www.diversemarine.co.uk @MandMGazette



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CUSTOM TETHER FOR CONFINED SPACE INSPECTION ACTIVITIES

Novacavi recently designed and manufactured a custom-built tether to perfectly suit the requirements of Scout Drone Inspection AS.

The use case is for the tether to perform as technical integration to their UAV utilized for industrial confined-space inspection. This custom tether is engineered to ensure a steady data link and electrical power during flight. Generally, the drone operates in confined and dark industrial environments such as large steel tanks, cargo vessels, silos, etc. This special tether fulfils all the following mandatory technical requirements: • Internal stretch member to withstand drone strength requirements • Smooth outer surface to be able to slide over beams, rails etc. without catching • Excellent cut resistance, to avoid damage when sliding over obstacles • High visibility to be easily seen in low light conditions • Halogen-free flame retardancy as recommended by its application The specific design requirements ensure the tether’s performance as a robust data and power link providing unlimited flight time for confined-space inspection activities. Specialist in custom cable design & manufacturing for advanced technology since 1975, Novacavi develops any cable solutions with engineering expertise, comprehensive knowledge of materials and a high degree of manufacturing. www.novacavi.it www.scoutdi.com

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Reflex Marine is currently developing ‘Javelin’, a new system for anchoring floating offshore wind (FLOW).

The company is being assisted by Cornwall-based Marine-i, which is designed to help the marine technology sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly grow through harnessing the full potential of research and innovation. Reflex Marine CEO Philip Strong, commented: “Mooring FLOW turbines cost-effectively and reliably presents a considerable challenge and one of significant commercial importance to the sector. The design of the anchor is key to developing cost-effective moorings. “Javelin is an innovative concept which changes the paradigm for high-performance moorings for floating offshore wind applications. It is differentiated from existing mooring solutions in that the anchor is installed in a borehole deep below the seabed, in higher strength geological formations. It is then locked into the borehole using a novel technical solution. "The Javelin concept makes use of established offshore drilling techniques to economically drill boreholes for the anchors. Special deployment methodologies are also under development to reduce installation costs.” The company states that Javelin is well suited for high angle loadings required for tautline mooring systems. "This will be key to allowing denser spacing of wind turbine generators, which is critical to field economics. This means Javelin will offer a reliable, low-cost anchor solution suitable for a wide range of water depths, seabed geologies and mooring system designs." “Reflex Marine engaged with the Marine-i project to gain RD&I support in developing Javelin. A structured research program was developed which covered key areas such as soil analysis, mooring design, load modelling, component testing, and anchor performance testing.” Prof Lars Johanning, Programme Director for Marine-i, adds: “The Javelin system would attract interest from FLOW developers around the world and have a significant impact on the market. Most rival technologies were developed 30 years ago for the oil and gas sector, which was far less sensitive to the system costs, since moorings were deployed at a scale far smaller than will be required for FLOW. Reflex Marine have come up with a new solution that is geared to the specific needs of today’s FLOW operators.” Philip Strong continued: “It is great having access to the specialist RD&I expertise that is available to us through the Marine-i project. This will help us develop and commercialize the Javelin concept at a much faster rate than might otherwise be possible.” www.marine-i.co.uk www.reflexmarine.com

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Seam, collaborating with Zinus, are fitting out two Norwegian ferry connections with totally autonomous charging solutions

This forward-thinking electrification of more Norway ferry moorings is realised thanks to Zinus’ autonomous charging solution being elected by the total automation group, Seam. “Together with Zinus, Seam has previously delivered charging systems to several ferries. In our opinion, Zinus offers efficient technology with good charging capacity. The Zinus system is also very elegant in appearance and the charging tower’s footprint makes it both easy to place and space-saving on the quay,” explains Karl Norheim, project manager at Seam. “Furthermore, the solution is very flexible in relation to installation height, which is an advantage in ferry connections with large tidal differences.” This latest order adds to the company’s recent order history of supplying extensive electrical charging infrastructure to the ferry traffic along the Norwegian coast. The project includes four telescopic charging towers of the Charging Telescopic Autonomous type to be installed on the ferry quays, as well as four charging connections to be installed on board the two ferries that operate the fjord crossings. When combined, the charging tower and connection form a totally autonomous system that charges electric ferries fully automatically upon demand. Connecting the ferries to the power supply only takes as little as twenty seconds and the system can transmit a current of as much as 4,400 amperes. Zinus specialises in the supply and fabrication of handling systems for shore power and charging to a wide on and offshore market and, in total, Zinus now has delivered or to order Charging Telescopic Autonomous systems for 24 ferry connections, spread across several nations. www.zinuspower.com



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Ineos chose Marlow

Ineos Team UK turned to UK-based ropes manufacturer Marlow Ropes to ready Britannia for last year’s America’s Cup campaign.

“We use Marlow for everything,” commented Alan Minter, Ineos Team UK’s Senior Rigging Technician, “every single bit of rope on the boat or around the dockyard is Marlow. Whether that’s the kit line that the sailors use to tie bits and pieces to their lifejackets, through to the dock lines for all the chase boats, through to the high tensile rope that we use for the top of the standing rigging strops that have got anywhere from 15 to 18 tonnes on them. It’s all Marlow. “The UK testing period was really good for us. It was of course a difficult start to the year for us, as it has been for everyone, with the limitations imposed by Covid, but over the summer we learnt a huge deal from sailing our first boat. “From a rigging standpoint, it being a completely new class of boat, it was important to understand what we can expect from it, and then how we can use that information when transferring to our new boat here in Auckland, and how we can set up similar systems to be more effective and reduce breakdowns. “Fortunately for us as a rigging team, the Marlow product we have been using has been very reliable, so we’ve been really happy with the summer of testing we had. We have of course also been working on a few little tricks to fine-tune some of our systems but nothing that we can give away yet. For us, it is all about making the rigging systems as reliable, efficient and neat as possible in and around the yacht. “Wherever possible, we try to use the most sustainable products,” says Minter. “For example, for the mooring line on our chase boats we use their brand-new Blue Ocean yarn, which is manufactured from recycled plastic bottles. Then, since earlier this year, for all our other Marlow products we have been using their bio-based Dyneema fibre, which again is a greener and more sustainable product as it uses feedstock from waste in the pulp and timber industry as its primary raw-material. “From a product workability point of view, they are exactly the same products as their non-recycled predecessors so it’s a great thing for us and Marlow to be able to contribute to the vision of enabling a sustainable future for manufacturing in the UK with no negative impact on our rigging performance.” www.marlowropes.com



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A great quality product is adaptable to a multitude of markets and that's the case with DuroWiper systems. Proving that its wipers are much more than just a 'marine product', the firm recently supplied a DuroWiper system for the new observation tower at the MoD’s Castlemartin Tank range.

Adaptable The wiper contract was for one External system supplied to Trueform Ltd, a specialist civil engineering and reinforced concrete structures contractor, employed to build the new tower at the range. Darren Thompstone, MD Trueform Ltd, said that work on the new tower started on site in February this year and was completed in early August. “We demolished the existing building and built the new tower,” he said. “The range is used for live firing of tanks and armoured vehicles, so the wiper is used to keep the windows clear.” This the first time that Trueform has worked with DuroWipers as an equipment supplier, but the wiper was specified by the firm’s architect on the strength of its reputation. Mr Thompstone said that Trueform will be working with DuroWipers again to equip another tower planned in 2022.

Ideal solution Where internal space is an issue, the DuroWipers External system is an ideal solution and is available in pantograph or pendulum form. The wiper is sealed inside a heavy-duty waterproof pod manufactured from 3mm and 5mm AISI 316 stainless steel or aluminium and powder coated to BES 005 Section 22 in most colours. This pod can be mounted above or below the window, with the bracket either bolted or welded to the bulkhead. The pod is then bolted to the bracket with M10 A480 stainless steel fasteners. The armoured electrical cable from the pod is connected to an externally mounted junction box on the bulkhead. This system is particularly favoured for retro fitting to military vessels as there is minimal disturbance to the internal bulkhead. All DuroWiper systems have the unique patented twin drive shafts and rotary mechanism giving a smooth and powerful stroke. Each stroke accelerates and decelerates giving blades and arms a longer life.

Quality assurance DuroWipers offers extended and lifetime warranties for its wiper systems which the RNLI, the MoD and the Royal Navy have all taken advantage of. The company has a world-class reputation in the marine industry, not least because it has supplied all newbuild Shannon lifeboats for the RNLI. The last two vessels in the rebuild programme were delivered to Waterford and Pwllheli earlier this year. www.durowipers.co.uk

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The HR Wallingford simulator showing the tugs used in the training with a ship belonging to Fortescue Metals Group, Pilbara Marine’s parent company

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Kotug runs first Mates-to-Masters Courses in Australia using HR Wallingford’s tug simulators

Kotug has run its first simulator-based harbour towage Mates-to-Masters courses in Australia, so that mates can practice manoeuvres before progressing to on-thewater training. The training was carried out using HR Wallingford’s world class tug simulators.

The first two Mates-to-Masters simulation-based training courses were run at HR Wallingford’s Australia Ship Simulation Centre in Fremantle, Western Australia in association with Kotug, which manages and operates nine tugs in the Port of Port Hedland, Western Australia. It was the first time Kotug had held Mates-to-Masters courses in Australia, following obtaining full operational management of Pilbara Marine’s towage operation in the Port in August 2021. As part of Kotug’s ongoing development of crews for the ART 85-32W class Rotortug®, the programme trains existing mates operating on the tugs to become masters. The trainees spent the first eight days of the course familiarising themselves with the handling of the realistic tug manoeuvring model, created by HR Wallingford’s naval architects and verified by the Kotug training masters. The simulation training provided the opportunity for the mates to develop their tug handling skills from performing basic manoeuvres in open water, to escort towage and assisting with complex ship movements within the port. The trainees were also able to experience realistic ship-to-tug interaction effects, as well as tug wash, in practical simulation exercises. After the simulation element, the trainees will move onto 10 weeks of on-the-water training under the supervision of Kotug’s world-class training masters. All of the simulator-based exercises will be repeated during the on-thewater training, along with ongoing competency assessments throughout the training utilising Kotug’s electronic training app. Kotug training master, David Limpert, explained: “Kotug and HR Wallingford worked together to create useful training aids within the simulation system and the visual scene for the mates to hone their skills, using the extremely realistic tug manoeuvring model.” Kotug executive director, Darren McCormick added: “After conducting a number of simulation projects with HR Wallingford, they were our natural choice to conduct these simulations and progress our partnership in safe towage operations. Running eight days of simulation training at HR Wallingford was found to be invaluable with vast cost savings from on-the-water training. It also reduces the risk for Kotug with refinements to techniques made in the simulator, prior to getting onboard the actual tug.” HR Wallingford’s Australia Ship Simulation Centre Manager, Ben Spalding, said: “We have a long relationship with Kotug at our UK Ship Simulation Centre as well as through Shell Australia’s Prelude FLNG operation. It has been fantastic to build on this through the new training course, having previously established ourselves as one of the leading ship and tug navigation training simulation centres in Australia.” www.hrwallingford.com

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French dunes

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A study to help offshore wind farm development has found the variation in kinetic movement of the underwater dunes off Dunkirk, France to quite unique.

Project Dunes, an R&D collaboration led by Shom and France Energies Marines initiated in 2019, aims to improve knowledge on the sedimentary and biological dynamics of dune ecosystems in the area of the future offshore wind farm off Dunkirk and its electrical connection. The initial results of morphological monitoring seem to suggest that the underwater dunes in the Dunkirk area are very dynamic: they have moved continuously eastwards over the period studied, with variable migration speeds. Extreme events such as storms seem to influence this horizontal displacement dynamic with a variation in sediment thickness at a given point. These movements will be anticipated in order to optimise the installation and manage the maintenance of offshore wind farms and their electrical connections. In order to determine the evolution of the underwater dunes with a high spatial and temporal resolution, a total of eight bathymetric surveys were carried out between November 2019 and July 2021, across three study sites, each involving an area of between one and two kilometres. In addition, a current measurement campaign lasting more than a month was carried out in the spring of 2021, enabling the hydrodynamic processes at work in the area to be monitored. In order to deepen the work initiated within the framework of Dunes, due to finish this year, the further collaborative R&D project ‘Modules’ has now begun. This will focus on the

modelling of long‐term interactions between underwater dunes and the components of future offshore wind farms. Underwater dunes are relatively common in France off Dunkirk and Le Tréport. They are formed by the combined action of marine currents and swell, these sedimentary structures, a few metres high, are highly variable in morphology and can shift. www.shom.fr www.france-energies-marines.org www.marineandmaritimegazette.com

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Challenging East Florida survey

US-based CSA Ocean Sciences Inc. (CSA), the marine environmental consulting and survey company recently completed a challenging multidisciplinary telecom cable route survey.

The company undertook the geophysical and benthic survey in East Florida as part of an ongoing marine cable route campaign for a major telecommunications company. Kevin Peterson, CSA’s CEO, commented: “The east coast of Florida is a challenging environment with deep water and extreme currents, so an efficient operation is imperative to minimizing costs and exposure.” The project utilised a 150’ class Dynamic Positioning supply vessel equipped with a stern Aframe. CSA installed the survey equipment, winches, control van, side pole, and auxiliary power systems. Side-scan sonar and marine magnetometer data was collected along the east Florida coastline, running through the heart of the Gulf Stream in water depths ranging from 10m to 1,000m. CSA’s onboard marine scientist identified specific areas of interest from the processed geophysical data and devised an in-situ sample plan to conduct benthic grabs of the seabed. Following benthic sampling along the route, CSA surveyors deployed a proprietary Deep Tow Video System to collect high-definition video of the seafloor flora and fauna. www.csaocean.com

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Fugro’s new environmental

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Fugro has deployed two new autonomous environmental landers off the coast of Saudi Arabia to collect oceanographic data in deep and remote areas of the Red Sea. The yearlong effort is being performed in collaboration with King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) to better understand the local ecosystem and support Saudi Vision 2030, the country’s social and economic framework for a sustainable future.

The KAUST Red Sea programme represents Fugro’s first use of the new lander technology in the Middle East. Built in partnership with philanthropic and commercial investment organisation Ocean Data Solutions (ODS), the deepwater landers are a cost-effective, reusable and reconfigurable platform, making them ideal for obtaining large volumes of oceanographic data in waters that are historically understudied. The landers can host multiple sensors to monitor and measure a variety of environmental parameters for months at a time in water depths of 10 m to 6000 m. Remarking on the Red Sea deployment, ODS President Katherine Hall said: “ODS was founded on the belief that a healthy ocean determines our global capability to sustain healthy populations, robust economies, and our future on this planet. A known and healthy ocean is needed to understand and mitigate challenges like sea-level rise and food security, and to scale-up solutions for renewable ocean energy and sustainable aquaculture, among others. We are confident that our partnership with Fugro on the deepwater lander programme and the collaboration with KAUST will allow us to make deeper impacts and contributions to our mission.” Youssef Atmani, Regional Metocean Manager for Fugro also commented: “We value this strategic collaboration with ODS and KAUST, as the autonomous technology moves Fugro closer to our goal of safe and efficient operations in support of clean energy projects, more sustainable infrastructure and climate resilience. We believe the efficiencies of our new deepwater lander systems will help unlock a new era of ocean data collection, strengthening our contributions to a safe and liveable world.” www.fugro.com

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Yanmar Offers

Largest Saildrive Line-Up with

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Yanmar Marine International has announced the market launch of custom solutions to pair with the new SD15 saildrive by ZF, strengthening its comprehensive range of products for the sailing sector. The new systems for larger vessels up to 65 feet enables more boat owners and boat builders to benefit from the combined technology and efficiencies of Yanmar’s higher power common rail engines and compatible saildrive models.

Following the roll-out of the full range of easy-to-install and low-drag SD15 systems, Yanmar Marine International (YMI) will offer the largest line-up of saildrive solutions on the market to cover an engine range from 10 HP up to 150 HP. The new Yanmar SD15 saildrive, developed by partner ZF, is now available with the 4JH80 and 4JH110 engines, with the 4LV150-SD15 solution scheduled for launch in Q3 this year. Suitable for a wide range of applications, the latest Yanmar saildrive propulsion systems provide a new option for a vastly extended range of sailboats and catamarans, using engines from 80 HP upwards that have previously relied on conventional shaft drive lines. Yanmar’s electronically-controlled common rail engines pair seamlessly with the electriccontrolled SD15 saildrive, providing clean installation and safe, smooth operation with hydraulic shifting. Experiencing increased comfort on-board for motoring while not under sail, the boat owner and crew will benefit from low vibration and noise, with low drag and excellent hydrodynamic efficiency improving performance and fuel consumption. The SD15 saildrive, which has a light aluminium casing treated to maximize corrosion resistance, is durable and reliable to ensure longer service intervals. Yanmar also offers custom motor mounts and brackets. Compact, easy and safe to install with no specific alignments required, the SD15 simplifies the production process and reduces costs for OEMs while also allowing increased design flexibility and improved serviceability. The SD15 matches with a Flexofold foldable propeller, renowned for its extremely low drag performance, for safe and efficient operation. For smaller sailboats, the Yanmar line-up of saildrives also includes the SD25 for engines from 10-30 HP (1GM and YM Series). The SD60 saildrive, with mechanical clutch, is custom engineered to match the 3JH5/4JH5 and 3JH40/4JH45/4JH57 Series from 40-80 HP. www.yanmar.com

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Scottish wind

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Global Energy Group and its partners recently announced an investment of £110 million in building the UK’s largest offshore wind turbine manufacturing plant in the Port of Nigg, north of Inverness in Scotland.

The announcement takes the annual total of new investment in UK offshore wind manufacturing facilities last year to over £1 billion, which is a new record. The facility will also create 400 new jobs and SSE Renewables has committed to placing orders with the factory for its pipeline of offshore wind projects. RenewableUK has reacted positively to the news, with deputy chief executive, Melanie Onn, calling the investment a ‘great example of the economic and industrial opportunities which offshore wind is creating across the UK.’ “The announcement comes at the end of a record year which has seen a total of over £1 billion invested in new British factories which will manufacture the massive pieces of kit the offshore wind industry needs to ramp up our capacity fourfold by 2030,” said Ms Onn. “Building major new facilities like this is proof that the UK is securing industrial benefits at scale from offshore wind, as we continue to build the biggest offshore wind projects in the world,” she continued. “Industry and government are working closely together to accelerate the growth of the sector, creating tens of thousands of highly-skilled jobs and unlocking billions in private investment over the course of this decade, putting offshore wind at the centre of our modern energy system,” she concluded. www.gegroup.com

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