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Norther Offshore Wind Delivers First Power

The first wind turbines in the 370MW Norther offshore wind farm, he largest offshore wind farm in Belgium, has delivered first power to the Belgian grid.Construction on Norther is still in full swing. But four of the turbines that are already finished were connected to the power grid today, providing thousands of families with green power generated by the largest wind turbines in the country."This is the first step towards the full delivery of the park, expected this Summer. Starting up Norther is an important step towards ensuring supply security in our country. Norther will provide electricity

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European Offshore Wind Capacity up 18%

scale of offshore wind continues to rise. The average size of the new turbines installed last year was 6.8 MW, 15% up on 2017. The UK installed the world’s biggest offshore turbines – 8.8 MW – and opened the world’s largest offshore wind farm – Walney 3 extension, 657 MW.Belgium and Germany also opened their largest wind farms to date. A further six offshore wind farms are currently under construction in Europe, including the world’s first +1 GW offshore wind farm – Hornsea 1 in the UK.Then a further 12 new offshore wind projects reached Final Investment Decision

Tekmar Cable Protection System on the back of a Jan De Nul Group vessel installing an offshore wind project. (Photo: Tekmar)

Tekmar Selected for Northwester 2

Offshore installation contractor Jan De Nul Group has selected the Tekmar cable protection system (CPS) TekLink Mechanical Latch for the Northwester 2 offshore wind farm 50 km off the coast of Ostend, Belgium in the North Sea.Tekmar said it will supply its latest TekLink Generation 8 cable protection system for all inter array and export cables. The product will be produced within Tekmar’s manufacturing facility in the North East of England during 2019.Fellow Tekmar Group company AgileTek Engineering also supported the project using its proprietary AEL cloud system, providing verification

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Siemens Gamesa Firms Belgian Offshore Wind Project

Spanish wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) received the order for the 487 MW SeaMade offshore wind power project in Belgium from customer Seamade NV.The wind turbines and services provider said that it includes supply and commissioning of 58 units of the SG 8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbine and a 17-year Service agreement. The project consists of the two combined sites: Seastar, a 252 MW offshore wind power plant with 30 SG 8.0-167 wind turbines and Mermaid, a 235 MW offshore wind power plant with 28 SG 8.0-167 wind turbines.SeaMade NV is a partnership formed of the Otary

 Applying Ecofix on the corroded areas of a rudder. (Photo: Subsea Industries)

Performing Coating Systems for Different Applications

. Two coats give you ten years, three coats 15 and four coats give you 20. This is really a guarantee, not just a commercial promise.Over the last couple of years alone Subsea Industries has completed several big offshore projects, including two project for Exmar NV. Exmar, headquartered in Antwerp, Belgium, introduced the world’s first floating LNG liquefaction barge, the Caribbean FLNG, in 2013. The main reason for choosing Ecolock was to protect the underwater hull from corrosion for at least 15 years without having to drydock or repair or replace the hull coating. Another key factor in choosing

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Belgium Naval & Robotics, Flanders Ship Repair Join in MCM Program

Belgium Naval & Robotics has launched an industrial offer anchored in Belgium to respond to a call for tenders issued by the Belgian and Dutch navies for the supply of 12 mine hunters.Belgium Naval & Robotics offers the Belgian Navy a solution whose prime contractor is in Brussels and involves many local players spread throughout the country."This partnership with FSR illustrates our strong relationship with the Belgian Defense Technological and Industrial Base and our desire to build a long-term relationship with the Belgian and Dutch Navies," explained Jean-Michel Orozco, Senior

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New Research Vessel Ordered for Belgium

Spanish shipbuilder Freire is constructing a new oceanographic research vessel for Belgium. The IMO polar code compliant vessel will be designed to carry out research and survey tasks in the North Sea and its adjacent sea areas, but also in the Mediterranean and more northern areas.The research vessel will cater for the requirements of the Belgian marine scientific community when performing advanced marine research and education at sea – today and in the coming years. This will include research within the fields of geology and sedimentology, fisheries, biology, chemistry, oceanography (including

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Video: Soil Testing Vehicle Dives Deep

I, the first tracked soil testing device vehicle to reach and travel the seafloor at depths of more than 4,500 m. The vehicle is the first of a series of three that will validate environmental performance in the deep sea. It was engineered in-house by GSR and built in collaboration with De Meyer in Belgium.Meanwhile scientist from both GSR and independent research institutions collected baseline data to better understand sites that may be subject to mining in the future and ensure that any such activities only proceed once the environment impact has been judged acceptable by the international community

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Nexans Wins Cable Contract for Northwester 2 Wind Farm

Nexans said it will supply a subsea power cable and associated accessories for the 219 MW Northwester 2 wind farm 46 km offshore from Zeebrugge, Belgium.The French based company has been awarded a contract from Northwester 2 developer Parkwind to design, manufacture and test the submarine power export cable for the offshore wind farm.The Northwester 2 wind farm comprises 23 turbines. It will be the seventh wind farm to be constructed off the Belgian coast and the first worldwide to feature the record-setting 9.5 MW V164 turbine manufactured by MHI Vestas. Northwester 2 is expected to be fully operationa

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The Hunt for the Notorious U-Boat UB-29

hunters off the scent. It helped, too, that the sub lay in the middle of a shipping lane, further discouraging the curious. “Every 15 or 20 minutes, you get 200-meter tankers passing over it—it would be like diving on a freeway.”Since 2013, the governor of West Flanders, which includes Belgium’s short seacoast, has been Carl Decaluwé. In addition to his other duties, Decaluwé is Belgium’s Receiver of Wrecks, which means he has authority over anything found in Belgian territorial waters. He’s another of Termote’s old friends, not to mention a maritime

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Port of Antwerp Tests Autonomous Sounding Boat

operational alongside the Echo to measure the water depth of the available berths at the busiest of the tidal quays for handling containers.”Unique technology for guiding and operating the Echodrone has been developed in collaboration with dotOcean, a maritime technology company based in Brugge, Belgium. "This technology is based on assembling detailed information in the cloud," explained dotOcean co-founder Koen Geirnaert. "Data from all sorts of devices throughout the port is made available over the internet and then selectively compiled and translated into useful information by

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Forum Energy Technologies Adds European Distributor

Forum Energy Technologies said it has appointed a new single distributor for its extensive fleet of subsea vehicles across The Netherlands and Belgium.Seascape Subsea Technology BV will represent Forum Energy Technologies for the sale of the company’s range of remote operated vehicles (ROV) in the two countries, including its recently launched electric ROV, the XLe Spirit.Designed and built in-house at Forum’s Kirkbymoorside facility in Yorkshire, the XLe Spirit is the first offering from the company’s new generation of electric observation class ROVs.“Subsea Technology BV

The PROTEUS project will facilitate the conducting of a series of large scale experiments over a seven week period in the FFF flume at HR Wallingford’s U.K. physical modelling facilities. (Photo: HR Wallingford)

Researchers Set Out to Future-proof Offshore Wind Turbine Monopiles

them against the impacts of climate change.'The effort, part of PROTEUS, an EU-funded Hydralab+ project, will see leading scour researchers from Ghent University, Leibniz University Hannover and the University of Porto, alongside IMDC nv and the Department of Mobility and Public Works (Belgium), collaborate at HR Wallingford’s Fast Flow Facility (FFF).PROTEUS, which stands for the ‘PRotection of Offshore wind Turbine monopilEs against Scouring’ will facilitate the conducting of a series of large scale experiments over a seven-week period in the FFF flume at HR Wallingford&rsq

Norway's Planned Subsea Cable to UK May Be Canceled

no longer has a say in European Union regulation of networks and power trading.   Britain faces an energy supply crunch by the early 2020s as coal power stations close and its oil and gas production declines.   To help boost supply, it plans new interconnectors with France, Denmark, Belgium and Norway to provide up to 14 gigawatts of additional capacity. Its current four interconnectors with Europe provide around 4 GW of capacity.   But if Britain leaves the EU, it might have to leave the bloc's rule-making internal energy market (IEM) which coordinates access to energy across

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Largest foundation for Kriegers Flak OWF installed

accuracy of 0.01 degrees. A high-precision job under water.   The Adhémar de Saint-Venant will now start with the ballasting of the structures and the scour protection works around them.   Both foundations were constructed by Jan De Nul Group on a barge in the Port of Ostend in Belgium. The barge was towed to Denmark on 8 January 2018.  

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Wreck of WWI German U-boat Sub Found off Belgium

of the 11 known wrecks of the German submarines had been found, and authorities said they would not give the exact location of the wreck to deter looters.   "Of the 11 downed U-Boats in Belgian waters, this one is the best preserved example," the province of West Flanders said.   Belgium's North Sea minister said he would investigate whether the wreck could be recognised as a heritage site.   Reporting by Robert-Jan Bartunek 

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ABB Marine Software Supports Ocean Research

installed a state of the art Marine Advisory System including SPOS Onboard weather routing software from MeteoGroup, on the sailing yacht Fantastiko to help crew route-plan and monitor weather conditions on a research voyage in waters off Rotterdam, the South of England, the Channel Islands, France and Belgium during August.   “Today, it is estimated that 23,000 kilos of plastics are dumped into the world’s oceans every single minute,” said Thomas van Thiel, By the Ocean we Unite. “These materials are fragmenting into ever smaller particles, damaging the marine environment

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