Boskalis to Start Laying Off Employees in November

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The trade union CNV Vakmensen has agreed to the social plan related to Royal Boskalis Westminister’s fleet rationalization, announced in July.  

Mid-September, Boskalis’ Dutch Works Council agreed to the fleet rationalization and the related social plan.

Boskalis will start with the implementation of the plan in November.

In the coming two years, 24 vessels will be taken out of service resulting in the loss of approximately 650 jobs worldwide. In terms of composition, this concerns a cross-section of nationalities with around 150 Dutch staff on Dutch payroll being affected.

The timing of laying off employees depends on factors such as the current deployment of vessels and national legislation. Where possible, the workforce reduction will be absorbed through attrition and redeployment, Boskalis said.

Unfortunately, despite this, compulsory redundancies can not be ruled out, the company said.

Boskalis had based the decision to rationalize the fleet on the results of its fleet rationalization study that was initiated in the light of deteriorating market conditions and an expected prolonged period of low energy and commodity prices.

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ABO Wind takes part in swamp football tournament

More than 2,000 players from a range of countries met in the Finnish mud to join one of the craziest soccer tournaments in the world.

“Of course we joined the Swamp Soccer World Cup,” said ABO Wind project manager Karl Schultheis.

Schultheis is responsible for planning up to eight wind turbines in the Finnish Kainuu region, near the Russian border.

As part of the projects, the company is deeply involved local environmental issues, including GPS tracking of the movements of local ospreys and reindeer.

ABO Wind has a portfolio of around 400MW across ten projects in development, operation or under construction. 

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Maritime Partner to Build Daughter Boats for DONG’s SOVs


Norwegian boat builder Maritime Partner AS has signed a contract with the Spanish shipyard Astilleros Gondan for the delivery of four boats which will be stationed onboard two new Service Operation Vessels (SOV) working for the offshore wind power industry.

The SOV’s are ordered by the Norwegian ship owner Østensjø Rederi to service DONG Energy’s two wind farms offshore UK.

The contract has a total scope of four boats; two work boats and two fast rescue crafts (FRC). The first two vessels will be delivered in September 2017 and the next two will be delivered in May 2018.

The wind farm work boats are a new concept developed for transporting service technicians and cargo from the motherships to the wind turbines. The design is named ALUSAFE 1150 WF (Wind Farm.) The rescue boats are of Maritime Partners’ WEEDO 700 FRC design.


“We have worked towards this market for about two years with focus on developing designs together with operators in the industry. This is a strategically important market and we are pleased to finally see the results of our efforts,” said Sindre Kleive, Area Sales Manager for Maritime Partner AS.

Østensjø Rederi had their breakthrough in the wind power industry last October, when they signed a contract with Danish energy giant DONG Energy for charter of a new specialized ship of Rolls-Royce UT 540 WP Design. The ship will be used for maintenance and service of wind turbines on the Race Bank offshore wind farm which is located about 17 nautical miles off the coast of Norfolk, England. Commencement date is set for 1 September 2017.

The second ship from Østensjø Rederi will function as a service-vessel in the Hornsea Project One, a 1.2GW wind farm located about 75 nautical miles off the coast of Yorkshire, England. The 81-metre long vessel will be delivered in the third quarter of 2018.

Maritime Partner will deliver one ALUSAFE 1150 WF and one FRC to each ship.

”This contract with Østensjø Rederi is a milestone in our 22-year long history,” said Gisle Anderssen, Sales and Marketing Director of Maritime Partner.

“Being able to win strategically important contracts in new market segments is a sign that our boats are associated with high quality, and we are proud that our customers bring our boats into new markets.”

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Vestas extends 632MW servicing deal

Vestas will service nine projects across Canada, “from Vancouver Island, British Columbia to West Cape, Prince Edward Island“, the company said.

The manufacturer said it would service the projects, which use multiple Vestas models, for the duration of the projects’ 20-year lifespan.

“By renewing our contracts, we are continuing to rely on Vestas to provide reliable, cost-effective maintenance services to maximise safe, reliable operations for years to come,” said C2C director of operations Mark Gilmore.  

The C2C consortium comprises French developer Engie, Japanese conglomerate Mitsui & Co, and asset managemment firm Axium Infrastructure. C2C owns and operates 678MW of wind and solar capacity across Canada. It was formed in December 2012. 

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Bladt Industries: Uniform Jacket Foundation Design Would Save Money (Interview)

A standardised design of jacket foundations would greatly contribute to offshore wind cost reduction, according to Jan Kjærsgaard, CEO of Bladt Industries, a company whose foundations are supporting numerous turbines installed in European waters.

Photo: Bladt IndustriesJackets for the Wikinger offshore wind project at Bladt’s facilities in Lindø. (Photo: Bladt Industries)

With the offshore wind industry being massively focused on minimising the costs and Bladt having done both three-legged and four-legged jacket foundations, Kjærsgaard said that choosing one of the two designs would result in cheaper production.

“Today, jacket foundation designs vary from project to project, which costs a lot of unnecessary money that we could save if we would find a uniform solution,” he explained.

Bladt Industries is actively engaged in the industry’s quest for lower offshore wind prices and is looking to reduce costs through its own cost-cut programmes and automatization of manufacturing.

The Denmark-based company is utilizing robot welding, new technology and more lean manufacturing tools. In addition, it is bringing in more efficient procurement processes as well as more outsourcing.

We are also looking to establish a standard design for the secondary steel and working on driving down the design costs of the jacket foundations. We believe that especially with the jackets a lot can be done on the cost side,” Kjærsgaard said.

Jan Kjærsgaard (Photo: Bladt Industries)Jan Kjærsgaard (Photo: Bladt Industries)

Costs can be cut with serial production, which the manufacturer is carrying out for Hornsea Project One substation topsides, a huge order from DONG Energy and first of its kind for the company with 3 similar substations for the same project. Part of the reason Bladt won this contract was that it was priced based on the effects of making three similar projects, Jan Kjærsgaard said.

The company won the Hornsea Project One order together with Semco Maritime, which has been Bladt’s partner on many other projects.

When asked about the cooperation between the two companies, Jan Kjærsgaard said: “We have worked together on 19 substations so we have a very good cooperation. We have just done a thorough cost-cut project together with Semco and. Being awarded the Hornsea project is one of the positive effects of this cost-cut programme so we are quite happy with our cooperation and we plan to continue it.”

Over the last year, Bladt has worked on several substations, a series of transition pieces and one big jacket foundation project, thus marking its busiest year ever in offshore wind.

The Nobelwind and Nordsee One substation topsides recently married their respective foundations. The Nordsee One topside is installed on a jacket foundation and is almost double the size of the one for the Nobelwind offshore wind farm, which is sitting on a monopile foundation delivered by EEW SPC.

At the end of the third quarter of 2016, Bladt completed the Veja Mate transition pieces project by delivering the last 6 of the total 67 units to Offshore Windforce from its production facilities in Aalborg.

The company has also built 41 jacket foundations for the Wikinger project and dispatched the first batch from its facility at Lindø Industripark in July.

A new wind turbine foundation order for the company came in as Bladt won the biggest out of the three foundation supply lots for the Beatrice offshore wind farm and will be building 30 four-legged jacket foundations. “This is a very significant order that will keep us quite busy for more than a year at our Lindø facility,” Kjærsgaard said.

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RenewableUK: Britain Can Cash In On Offshore Wind Know-How Abroad

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British companies have already won 115 contracts to provide services for 50 offshore wind projects abroad and can stand to benefit further from 250 offshore wind farms in development around the world, according to a document released by RenewableUK.

The document shows that British companies are winning multimillion-pound contracts; making and laying cables, installing turbines, and providing other services. The higher end contracts in RenewableUK’s analysis were valued at GBP 30 million.

RenewableUK’s Chief Executive, Hugh McNeal, said: “Our world-leading offshore wind industry is already delivering significant investment to the UK. We can continue to secure valuable contracts around the world for British companies by staying competitive – driving down costs and continuing to innovate. We’re determined to maximise the economic and industrial benefits of offshore wind for UK plc.”

The document is being released at the start of Offshore Wind Week, a series of industry events being held across the country to highlight the technology’s vital role to Britain’s economy and future energy mix.

“I welcome this initiative. The UK has invested heavily in offshore wind and it is vital that the manufacturing and service companies involved benefit from the expertise developed in export as well as domestic markets. Much has already been achieved and there are good prospects for achieving much more in the future,” Minister of State for Energy and Intellectual Property, Baroness Neville-Rolfe, said.

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Spanish wind saves bill payers over €15 billion

Despite the central government’s freeze on new renewables capacity since 2012, Spanish wind saved the electricity system €15.7 billion 2012-2015, inclusive, according to a study by consulting firm Deloitte.

The figure translates into a saving of €227 for the average domestic electricity bill payer over the period.

The savings — based on data from the national grid operator REE and electricity market operator OMIE — are due to wind pushing conventional power off the electricity system.

Fuel costs largely determine the price of electricity on the wholesale market. Wind’s fuel costs are zero, so the more of it entering the system, the lower the wholesale price.

Deloitte said wind produced additional savings of €657 million by offsetting 106 million tonnes of CO2 emissions, as well as avoiding the import of 40 million tons of oil worth over €9 billion.

Spanish wind association AEE is touting Deloitte’s findings to pressure the government in its end-year review of subsidies for wind.

Those subsidies, introduced in 2013, ended the electricity price support model, which had driven Spanish wind capacity to exceed 23GW by end-2012; the year when new capacity ground to a halt.

Since 2013, the new subsidy has paid existing wind capacity €630 million below the government’s expectations, according to AEE.

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Atlas Professionals to Hold a Recruitment Day in Liverpool


DONG Energy’s recruitment partner Atlas Professionals will host a recruitment day in Liverpool on 11 November.

Atlas’ Liverpool recruitment day will be held at the Liverpool Gateway Conference Centre from 10 am to 4 pm GMT.

With a variety of long-term frame agreements in place, the recruitment day will focus on all of the projects Atlas is working on in collaboration with DONG Energy.

Those interested in attending the recruitment day can do so by signing up here.

Atlas Professionals has been supporting DONG Energy for the provision of temporary staff for all UK and German offshore wind farms since 2014.

Atlas already held a recruitment day for DONG Energy’s 1.2GW Hornsea Project One in Grimsby in April, and an offshore wind recruitment day in Lowestoft this month.

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Braveheart Expands Offshore Services, Orders New Javelin Vessel

Braveheart Expands Offshore Services, Orders New Javelin Vessel

Braveheart Shipping has contracted Javelin International to build a new vessel, called Javelin 25.25, as Braveheart is further expanding its offshore services in the area of crew tendering, hydrographic and seismological research, and survey activities.

The 25.90m long vessel will be used for both survey and crew tendering activities as well as during construction and maintenance vessel of offshore wind farms.

The delivery of Javelin 25.25 is expected to take place in June 2017.

Javelin 25.25 is a bigger version of Javelin 22.22, delivered in 2012. The design has been tested by the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN) in Wageningen and optimised to provide vessel stability (roll and pitch).

The new vessel will be equipped with a gyro stabilization system that ensures a stable position serving a dual purpose, Javelin International explained. Namely, the system decreases swaying so accurate measurements can be made when waves are high. Also, it ensures the crew can safely embark or disembark the vessel during a high wave impact. Additionally, the crew that sometimes remains on board for months does not have to experience continuous and extreme sways of the vessel, the vessel builder said.

Javelin 25.25 was designed in collaboration with Vripack, and it offers more space and capacity to the crew compared to its almost 5 years older sister. Furthermore, due to the enlargement of the fuel tank, the vessel is able to remain at sea significantly longer.

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Palfinger Marine Unveils 3D-Compensation Module for Offshore Cranes

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Palfinger Marine has launched a new 3D-compensation module designed for mounting on the company’s knuckle boom, telescopic boom or stiff boom cranes to transfer goods between the service operation vessels (SOVs) and wind turbines or other fixed offshore installations.
The 3D-compensation enables positioning of the cargo on the wind turbine or substation/installation despite movements of the vessel due to waves and currents, as the 3D-compensation steadies the load vertically and the boom tip horizontally, Palfinger Marine said.

The low weight being compensated for provides an advantage because it has less of an influence on the ship stabilising systems and also requires less power consumption when in 3D mode, according to the company.

The 3D-compensation module comes with a tailor-made MRU, and can be dismounted and parked in a separate cradle, allowing the crane to be used as a standard offshore crane when not in use.

“The conventional products on the market are huge, very expensive, require a lot of power and are not as flexible as our solution. To offer our customers a more satisfactory solution, we knew it was essential that the new unit was lightweight, could be applied modularly to any sort of crane and could easily be taken on and off,” says Jan Silgjerd Head of Sales, Palfinger Marine Offshore Cranes.

Palfinger has also recently launched a Palfinger Blade Access (PBA) system which will be used for the first time by Senvion at the Thornton Bank I, II and III offshore wind farms in Belgium.

The new system for blade inspection and repair combines the Palfinger Marine nacelle crane PK 40002 M with a workman basket specially developed in cooperation with PP Techniq.

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