Baltic Sea News

Photo: KNUD E. HANSEN

Design Studies for Replacement of R/V DANA

radiated noise (URN) emission. In carrying out the design, the key design drivers and other design issues have been scrutinized and evaluated to arrive at optimal design solutions, which prioritizes regulatory compliance, safety, and environment.The DTU Aqua operating area will primarily be the Baltic Sea, the Gulf of Bothnia, the Kattegat, the Skagerrak, the North Sea, the North Atlantic and Greenlandic waters in summer and autumn. The vessel is designed to operate world-wide including the geographical coverage area of the IMO Polar Code up till approx. 80o N depending on the ice situation.The

Pioneering Spirit transports the drilling platform topsides for Equinor’s Johan Sverdrup development (Photo: Allseas)

Pioneering Spirit Shifts to the North Sea

to the field to install the 26,000 t processing platform topsides and the 18,000 t living quarters platform topsides. This third-party engagement was already stipulated in Nord Stream 2's contract with Allseas signed in April 2017.Nord Stream 2 said it expects Pioneering Spirit will return to the Baltic Sea to continue laying pipeline within about one month's time."We have a complex, non-linear schedule for laying the twin Nord Stream 2 pipelines, taking into account the environmental requirements and using a large number of vessels for the implementation of various activities," said

Rendering of RV Svea (Image: Skipsteknisk)

AML Equips New Swedish Research Vessel

2019, will feature a range of high-tech equipment, including a Moving Vessel Profiler (MVP), announced Canadian instrumentation manufacturer AML Oceanographic.By including a MVP on the new vessel, the scientists expect to gain a clearer understanding of the oceanographic dynamics encountered in the Baltic Sea, such as strong halocline layers and anoxic waters. Furthermore, the high data density that MVP can provide will improve the data quality from the many hydroacoustic measurements conducted on RV Svea and make SMHI’s oceanographic models substantially more accurate, according to AML Oceanographic

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Poland and Denmark to Build Baltic Gas Pipeline

Poland's gas grid operator Gaz-System and its Danish counterpart have given the final go-ahead to invest in building a gas pipeline linking Poland with Norway's deposits via the Baltic Sea and Denmark, Gaz-System said on Friday.The 900-kilometres (560-mile) pipeline, known as the Baltic Pipe, is a Polish project designed to reduce its reliance on Russian gas. The Baltic Pipe is expected to be ready in 2022 when Poland's long-term deal with Russia's Gazprom expires.(Reporting by Agnieszka Barteczko; Editing by Adrian Croft)

Pipelay of the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline has started in Finland (Photo: Allseas)

US warns sanctions still an option against Nord Stream 2

The United States could yet impose new sanctions to try to block construction of the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline across the Baltic Sea to the European Union, the U.S. ambassador to the EU said on Tuesday.Asked if Donald Trump could take further measures to thwart a project which the president has said would leave EU countries even more beholden to Moscow for their energy, Gordon Sondland said: "We have not deployed the full set of tools yet that could significantly undermine if not outright stop the project."Addressing an audience at the European Policy Centre think-tank in Brussels

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Knud E. Hansen, DTU Aqua Pact on Marine Research Vessel

design with minimal operating and lifespan costs. Such a ship will in a European context become a unique platform for marine research and polar exploration in the Arctic regions at an attractive price.Like the R/V DANA IV the new research vessel will be designed for operations in icy waters in both the Baltic Sea and the North Atlantic. The vessel should be classed to Polar Code PC B 6/7 as well as comply with high standards for low level of underwater radiated noise during scientific operations.The ship will be designed with an efficient fishing gear configuration and will have several laboratories. Also

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Arkona Offshore Wind Farm Comes Online

The Arkona offshore wind farm in the German part of the Baltic Sea has supplied the first electricity into the German electricity grid.The 385 MW project, operated by E.ON in partnership with Equinor, when completed can deliver power to approximately 400,000 German households. After the first of 60 turbines now being online, further wind turbines will be launched into operation.“First power in the Arkona wind project represents a milestone in the market of renewable energy and we are proud to participate together with E.ON and the transmission system operator 50Hertz. Arkona is Equinor’s

Fugro Pioneer  (Photo: Fugro)

Offshore Wind: Fugro Starts Site Survey in the Baltic

Fugro has commenced a marine site characterization program at Iberdrola’s Baltic Eagle Offshore Wind Farm, in German waters of the Baltic Sea.Under a contract worth over €10 million ($11 million), Fugro will undertake a UXO survey to clear the investigation sites, followed by a geotechnical seabed investigation and borehole drilling. The workscope also includes a program of standard and advanced laboratory testing.The fieldwork takes place between August 2018 and February 2019 from Fugro vessels including the geophysical vessel Fugro Pioneer and geotechnical drilling vessel, Fugro Scout.

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Environmentalists File Second Complaint to Block Nord Stream 2

the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline intended to transport Russian gas to Germany, it said on Wednesday.Sweden approved the pipeline in June, but ClientEarth's complaint argues that the Swedish Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation failed to consider the impact the project would have on wildlife in the Baltic Sea.The work involves detonating World War Two bombs on the sea floor along the project's 510 km route in Sweden and ClientEarth said that could cause serious harm to marine mammals, including protected harbour porpoises.Gazprom-owned Nord Stream 2 AG spokesman Lars Grönstedt said that as

Denmark’s GST Selects New Depth Management System

Production Database (HPD) for chart production to The Finnish Transport Agency Liikennevirasto. In 2015, Teledyne CARIS was awarded a major implementation contract providing Hydrographic Production Database (HPD) to the Swedish Maritime Administration. Other successful implementations in the Baltic Sea region include solutions for the Norwegian, German, Polish, Latvian, Netherlands, and United Kingdom hydrographic agencies

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Nord Stream 2 Seeks Alternative Route to Avoid Danish Waters

The Russia-led Nord Stream 2 consortium said on Friday it has applied to Denmark for an alternative gas pipeline route through the Baltic Sea that would avoid the Nordic state's territorial waters.Denmark is facing a dilemma on whether the project can be built near its Baltic coast and its parliament may pass legislation allowing it to veto the Nord Stream 2 pipeline going through Danish territorial waters on security grounds.Russia is keen to press ahead with the Nord Stream 2 pipeline since it has the potential to double its gas exports under the Baltic Sea to Germany, bypassing traditional

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