TTS and Ulstein Secure First Colibri Crane Order

TTS Group and Ulstein have received the first order for the jointly developed TTS Colibri crane which will be installed on a wind service operation vessel (WSOV) currently under construction in Turkey for Louis Dreyfus Armateurs (LDA).

The 3D motion compensated crane is expected to be delivered in the second quarter of 2018.

The new product combines TTS’s competences in crane design and manufacturing with Ulstein’s expertise in innovative motion technology and analysis, the companies said.

“Two aspects make the TTS ColibriTM unique compared to other solutions in the market,” said Gilbert Rezette, managing director of Ulstein Equipment, a Dutch subsidiary of Ulstein Group.

“First of all, our inhouse developed ColibriTM system is a stand-alone add-on device to a standard offshore crane. It adds functionality, while the crane maintains its functionality as a full-fledged offshore crane including deepwater subsea capabilities. But what makes this system truly unique is its ground-breaking anti-sway technology, which also allows to mitigate wind induced motions which act directly on the load.”

The TTS Colibri crane will come in a range of three different sizes: 1 mT, 3 mT and 7 mT. The first contract is for a 1 mT version, where the crane itself still has its capability to lift 3 mT with a 10 mT retrofit option.

“Joining forces has enabled both our companies to offer a serious and commercially very attractive alternative in this market segment,” said Carl Herland, Sales Manager at TTS Offshore Solutions, a subsidiary of TTS Group.

“Moreover, the ColibriTM technology is also suitable for retrofitting existing cranes, making it a viable solution for upgrading cranes already in service. Hence, it offers ship-owners the possibility to create more flexibility for their existing fleet.”

LDA chartered out the new WSOV to DONG Energy. Once delivered in the fourth quarter of 2018, the vessel will operate on DONG Energy’s German offshore wind farms, including Borkum Riffgrund 1 and 2, as well as Gode Wind 1 and 2.

As reported earlier today, Cemre Marin Endüstri ordered MAN GenSets and the EPROX (Energy Saving Electric Propulsion System) for the newbuild.

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MHI Vestas Books Bridgemans Floatel for Belgian Crew

Canadian floating accommodation services provider Bridgemans Services Group (BSG) has entered into an agreement to provide full-service floatel accommodation and CTV boat landing services for MHI Vestas Offshore Wind in Belgium.

Having recently undergone a refurbishment, Bridgemans’ 142-metre MV Bluefort went into service on 1 May to accommodate construction and maintenance workers at the project site in the North Sea off the coast of Belgium, BSG said.

“We are very pleased to reintroduce the Bluefort after an extensive refit into the offshore accommodations market,” said BSG President, Brian Grange.

“To have been selected by a global leader in wind energy represents a meaningful endorsement of our capabilities, our assets and all members of the Bridgemans team.”

The MV Bluefort features 210 single en suite cabins and can provide periods of up to 5 months of uninterrupted service, according to BSG.

The refit, completed in 2016, included the renovation of all cabins, lounge, dining and common areas, along with upgrades to all mechanical, navigational, IT and operating systems, including enhanced Internet and TV service.

The vessel has also been equipped with a CTV boat landing and a helicopter pad for crew transfers.

The vessel will be based in Europe for charters upcoming, BSG said.

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MAN Gear for DONG’s German Wind Service Operation Vessel

Cemre Marin Endüstri has ordered four MAN 8L21/31 variable-speed GenSets for a wind service operation vessel (WSOV) currently under construction at the Turkish shipyard for France’s Louis Dreyfus Armateurs (LDA).

The newbuilding will also feature MAN’s EPROX (Energy Saving Electric Propulsion System) that is said to significantly reduce the vessel’s CO2 emissions and fuel consumption.

The new WSOV will be used for operations and maintenance work on DONG Energy’s German offshore wind farms, Borkum Riffgrund 1 and 2, as well as Gode Wind 1 and 2.

Norway’s Salt Ship Design is providing the full design and engineering package for the 83-metre vessel which is scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter 2018.

The MAN engines will be prepared for IMO Tier III and set up such that they can be retrofitted at a later time with MAN’s SCR system. This is to cater for the possibility that IMO TIER III NOx emission limits are introduced without obligation within NOx emission-control areas (NECAs) in the North and Baltic Seas before 2021.

“This new order confirms our solid foothold within the segment for small-bore, medium-speed engines powering specialized vessels. I welcome this new reference and feel that it highlights the diversity of our product portfolio,” Lex Nijsen, Head of Four-Stroke Marine at MAN Diesel & Turbo, said.

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Veja Mate All Done Four Months Early

The final of the 67 Siemens SWT-6.0-154 turbines at the 402MW Veja Mate offshore wind farm was commissioned on Wednesday, 31 May, Veja Mate Offshore Project GmbH reports.

The milestone signifies that all of the 67 units are now feeding power to the grid, the developer said.

The final turbine was installed at the site in the German North Sea on Thursday, 25 May, less than 14 months from the start of the construction phase and 23 months after the project’s financial close, according to the developer.

The first turbine was installed in early January 2017. The two jack-up vessels working on the project out of the Port of Esbjerg in Denmark were Seajacks Scylla and Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s Bold Tern.

The project was completed four months ahead of schedule and will be delivered well within the CAPEX budget agreed at the financial close, the developer said.

Veja Mate is a EUR 1.9 billion project owned by the Highland Group Holdings Ltd, Siemens Financial Services and CI II managed by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners.

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Trump defers Paris decision again – updated

The president tweeted he would make his decision known “over the next few days” after US media reported he would move to quit the accord. 

In an article on news site Axios, two sources with “direct knowledge” of the matter said Trump had decided to withdraw from the 2015 agreement.

Details of the withdrawal were reportedly being worked out with Enivronment Protection Agency director Scott Pruitt and could range from a three-year process to withdrawal from the accord, or exit the underlying UN climage change treaty completely, which would be quicker but more drastic, Axios reported. 

Exiting the agreement was one of Trump’s key promises made repeatedly during the election campaign, but was not addressed by the executive order to review the country’s Clean Power Plan on 28 March. 

UPDATE: Trump later tweeted he would make a televised announcement on the Paris agreement today (1 June) at 3pm US eastern time.

The European Commission and China are expected to issue a joint statement on 2 June committing to the implementation of the Paris agreement. “The EU and China consider climate action and the clean energy transition an imperative more important than ever,” the statement is expected to say, according to numerous media outlets. 

Speaking in Belgium, EC president Jean-Claude Juncker said Europe would stand up against any attempts to quit the agreeement: “If the President of the United States says in the next few hours or days that he is leaving the Paris Convention, then it is the duty of Europe to say this is not the case.

“This is not just about the future of European humanity, it is mainly about the future of people elsewhere. 83 countries run the risk of disappearing from the Earth’s surface if we are not resolutely initiating the fight against climate change.

“The climate agreement states: It takes three or four years after this agreement entered into force in November 2016 to get out of this agreement.

“…Law is law. And all of this must be done. Not everything that is law, and not everything in international agreements, is fake news. This must be maintained.”

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Trump defers Paris decision again

The president tweeted he would make his decision known “over the next few days” after US media reported he would move to quit the accord. 

In an article on news site Axios, two sources with “direct knowledge” of the matter said Trump had decided to withdraw from the 2015 agreement.

Details of the withdrawal were reportedly being worked out with Enivronment Protection Agency director Scott Pruitt and could range from a three-year process to withdrawal from the accord, or exit the underlying UN climage change treaty completely, which would be quicker but more drastic, Axios reported. 

Exiting the agreement was one of Trump’s key promises made repeatedly during the election campaign, but was not addressed by the executive order to review the country’s Clean Power Plan on 28 March. 

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Trump to lead US out of Paris accord

In an article on news site Axios, two sources with “direct knowledge” of the matter have said Trump has decided to withdraw from the 2015 agreement. 

Details of the withdrawal are being worked out with Enivronment Protection Agency director Scott Pruitt and could range from a three-year process to withdrawal from the accord, or exit the underling UN climage change treaty completely, which would be quicker but more drastic, Axios reported. 

Exiting the agreement was one of Trump’s key promises made repeatedly during the election campaign, but was not addressed by the executive order to review the country’s Clean Power Plan on 28 March. 

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Briggs Marine Bolsters Foothold in Liverpool

Burntisland-based Briggs Marine and Environmental Services is expanding in the North West of England with new water-side facilities in Port of Liverpool.

The 500 square metre building will allow Briggs to offer a greater range of services in renewables, sub-marine engineering and port services in the region.

Briggs Marine currently employs approximately 80 personnel based in the region, with plans to increase this number as a result of the growing presence and anticipated future work.

“We’re delighted to be expanding our facilities and further strengthening our footprint in Liverpool. The North West of England is an important area for Briggs Marine’s growing business,” Iain Ross, operations director said.

“As well as servicing existing contracts in the region, we continue to target new sectors with high growth potential and look to secure new contracts, thanks to our depth of knowledge and transferable experience. We look forward to building upon our presence and credentials in Liverpool.”

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Shell-backed kite system to be trialled in the summer

The single turbine pilot, developed by UK firm Kite Power Systems (KPS), will be installed at the West Freugh RAF base in southwest Scotland, according to Bloomberg.

In December 2016, KPS received a £5 million investment from Shell, E.on and oilfield services company Schlumberger.

According to The Times newspaper, KPS is planning an array of ten 500kW systems to be installed in 2020.

The company is also planning to move its system offshore as a replacement for offshore wind turbines.

KPS’ turbine uses kites attached to a ground-mounted generator by a 100- to 200-metre tether. The tension created by a kite circling above causes the tether to be spooled out from a rotating generator, which creates the electricity.

While one kite is being spooled out, a second kite is being retracted to its starting position. This then spools out while the first kite is retracted.

“Energy production is therefore constant and the alternator kept rotating near optimal speed,” KPS explained.

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Esvagt Banks On Offshore Wind

Danish shipping company Esvagt A/S recorded a turnover of DKK 181 million (EUR 24.3 million) in 2016 derived from the activities in offshore wind, a 41.4 percent jump compared to DKK 128 million turnover reported in 2015.

The increase in the turnover was in line with the company’s intention to further expand into the offshore wind market.

In 2016, Esvagt took delivery of a new Service Operation Vessel, the Esvagt Njord, which has since started servicing the Dudgeon offshore wind farm in the UK.

This brings the company’s fleet to 42 vessels, with one more SOV due to be delivered to MHI Vestas Offshore Wind in 2017, and another two vessels in 2018.

Overall, Esvagt achieved a profit of DKK 155 million in 2016 compared to a profit of DKK 192 million the year before.

The company’s turnover was DKK 960 million in 2016 compared to DKK 1,002 million in 2015. The reduction in turnover and profit was due to the downturn in the oil and gas industry which impacted the wider offshore market in 2016, Esvagt said.

“We anticipate that 2017 will be characterised by continued low activity resulting from low oil prices. We must therefore prepare ourselves for an activity level lower than 2016 and where our profit is expected to be lower too but with an eye on market recovery by 2018 . However, we are pleased with our progress in the offshore wind market and anticipate further growth within this segment,” said Søren Nørgaard Thomsen, CEO of ESVAGT.

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