Belgium News

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Navy Mine Countermeasures Contract Awarded

ECA Group awarded UMS SKELDAR a procurement contract to supply the UAV SKELDAR V-200 as part of the naval mine countermeasures capability replacement, a program led by Belgium Naval & Robotics – a consortium including Naval Group and ECA Group – which will supply 12 mine hunters equipped with drone systems (Toolbox) to the Belgian and Royal Netherlands navies.Working across 12 new generation ships (six each for the Belgian and Royal Netherlands Navies), this contract is the first to materialize the stand-off concept by using a Toolbox – a system composed of a variety of drones to

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Deme Offshore Joins Neptune's Hydrogen Project

down the further development of offshore wind farms. This development is essential to support achieving future climate targets.”Deme expertise in the field of producing green hydrogen was recently underlined with new partnerships signed via subsidiary Deme Concessions in the ports of Ostend in Belgium, and Duqm in Oman.Bart De Poorter, General Manager Deme Offshore, said: “Within Deme we are always working on new markets and developing opportunities that we see. Together with Deme Concessions, we see the system integration, green hydrogen production, and electrification of existing platforms

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Tekmar Delivers CPS for SeaMade Offshore Wind Farm

Tekmar Energy reports it has completed the delivery of TekLink cable protection systems to DEME Offshore for the SeaMade Offshore Wind Farm in Belgium.SeaMade is a 487MW offshore wind farm currently under construction off the coast of Belgium and integrates two wind farm sites known as Mermaid and Seastar. Once complete SeaMade will be the single largest wind farm in Belgium, supplying renewable energy to 485,000 homes and offsetting 600,00 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year.Tekmar Energy was awarded a contract from long-term customer DEME Offshore to supply 136 patented TekLink Mechanical Latch cable

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Autonomous Trash Collector Deployed on the River Scheldt

An autonomous plastic collector solution installed on the river Scheldt in Belgium will be tested for a year to collect waste from the water.Aiming to tackle the increasing problem of river pollution, the Flemish authority responsible for waterways in Flanders, the Vlaamse Waterweg, has teamed up with the business world to test the concept of waste collectors.After a call from the Vlaamse Waterweg to companies to submit an innovative proposal, DEME proposed a project for collecting waste by the Temse-Bornem Scheldt bridges. The DEME test setup consists of a fixed installation that passively collects

At the 2019 CEDA Dredging Days, IADC’s Secretary General René Kolman (right) bestows the 2nd Young Author Award 2019 to Ms Liesbeth De Keukelaere (left) for her contribution to the paper “Mapping water quality with drones – test case in Texel”. Photo: IADC

De Keukelaere Wins IADC "Young Author Award"

The International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC) bestowed the Young Author Award to Liesbeth De Keukelaere, R&D Professional at VITO in Belgium. IADC’s Young Author Award is given annually to “stimulate the promotion of new ideas and encourage younger men and women in the dredging industry”. The award is granted at industry-leading conferences, with a winning young author selected from the proceedings of the CEDA Dredging Days 2019, held on November 7-8, 2019, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.Ms De Keukelaere was selected as the Young Author Award winner for the co-authoring

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Zeebrugge Port Deploy 5G Network

Port of Zeebrugge, Belgium, will have its own private 5G network this year, disclosed the container, bulk cargo, new vehicles and passenger ferry terminal port in the municipality of Bruges.The port’s management will collaborate with Citymesh, which is the only operator to have a license for 5G networks in Flanders and Brussels."The private 5G network in the Port of Zeebrugge will be the accelerator for innovation in and around the port," the port said.The network’s brain is located in the port’s datacenter. This keeps all data safe within the port authority’s own

Cobalt-rich ferromanganese crust in the Pacific Ocean. (Photo: Christopher Kelley / NOAA)

China Leading the Deep Sea Mining Race

deep-seabed concluded in Changsa, China on October 13. Delegates gathered at the three-day meeting hosted by China Minmetals to discuss next steps in moving from exploration to the development of deep-sea mineral resources. (Photo: ISA)There is also interest from European countries including Belgium, Britain, Germany and Poland, as well as from the Middle East.However, no one has yet demonstrated that deep sea mining can be cost effective and some non-governmental organizations have questioned whether it would be possible to reach a deal on exploitation rules next year."I think, it'

Dr. Catherine Warner, Director, NATO CMRE. Photo: CMRE

Interview: Dr. Catherine Warner, Director, NATO CMRE

you have to a student or an academic?  Are there opportunities for them to come here?Absolutely.  That’s what we’re here for. We have positions for local junior scientists. We collaborate with most of the naval academies in the different countries, and they send their cadets here. Belgium had a student here this summer and they want to keep doing it every year.You also have a very engaging STEM program.We work with the schools in La Spezia. This is close to my heart, because we want to encourage young people, and young women especially, to get into STEM. When we look at maintaining

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VLIZ Takes Delivery of a Gavia AUV

Teledyne Gavia announced that after an international tender it has completed the sale and recent sea acceptance testing of an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) to the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) in Oostende, Belgium.The VLIZ Gavia is rated to 1,000m depth in a low logistics form factor and includes an array of scientific instruments to meet current and future VLIZ research requirements. The modular nature of the GAVIA AUV allows sensors to be added as mission requirements dictate. The VLIZ Gavia is configured for diverse research applications and includes an iXblue INS coupled with a Teledyne

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