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A turbine at the Hywind Scotland floating wind farm offshore Scotland (Photo: Arne Reidar Mortensen / Statoil)

Top Five Trends in Offshore Wind

2030 according to the central scenario, or by as much as 99 GW in the high scenario. The majority of offshore wind installations will occur in the North Sea, with almost 48 GW installed by 2030 in the central scenario. In the Baltic Sea, where 1.5 GW of offshore wind is online today, projects in Poland, Estonia, Germany, Denmark and Sweden could add 9 GW installed by 2030. In the Atlantic Sea, where there is almost no capacity today, close to 8 GW could be reached thanks to installations in France, the U.K. and, on a smaller scale, Portugal. The U.K. will also install the majority of the capacity in the

From left to right: Jakob Prei, EVA-320 and Kaja (Photo by Marko Kesküla)

Case Study: Surveying Wrecks around Estonia

Why is the Estonian Maritime Administration surveying old shipwrecks in Estonian waters?   The mission of the Estonian Maritime Administration is to ensure safe navigation in Estonian waters. It is extremely important to identify all possible navigational hazards, including wrecks. Some of these wrecks, especially those lost during WWII, pose a potential environmental threat because of their cargo and fuel. High resolution Multibeam sonar systems help find and identify such wrecks. Below are some examples of wrecks surveyed using a Teledyne RESON SeaBat 7125.   About the Estonian Maritime

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Carmanah Acquires EKTA Marine Aids

 Carmanah Technologies Corporation  has completed the acquisition of the EKTA marine aids to navigation assets from Cybernetica AS of Estonia.    The company had previously announced its intention to acquire the EKTA branded products and contracts on November 29th, 2016.   "The acquisition accomplishes two important steps in our growth strategy," said John Simmons, Carmanah CEO. "The ETKA products will strengthen our worldwide product portfolio and allow us to provide more comprehensive single-source solutions for our marine customers. At the same time

Photo: Flydog Solutions

MTR100: Flydog Solutions LLC

Flydog Solutions LLC was founded in 2007 as hardware design and product development company in Tallinn, Estonia. During the years, Flydog has carried out and delivered many interdisciplinary projects involving mechanics, industrial design, electronics, HMI, engineering and prototyping, all of which has played a part in shaping the company’s understanding of and growth within the manufacturing and operational phase of the marine industry. Flydog’s main hardware product line includes data buoys, vertical profiler buoys, submersed profilers and custom data-loggers. The company has a resourceful

Brave Tern (Photo: Franklin Offshore Europe)

Photo of the Day: ‘Windship’ Over Rotterdam

herself firmly on the seabed. The four legs of the Brave Tern are extended with fourteen meter each up to 92.4 meters during recent weeks in Rotterdam.   The upgrading of the jacking legs of the Brave Tern is executed by Franklin Offshore Europe in Rotterdam in close co‐operation with SRC from Estonia.  Modifications to the 2012-built Brave Tern are necessary because wind turbines became heavier and the blades of the rotor blades have grown larger. Sister vessel Bold Tern will get the same upgrade later this year.   Brave Tern will first do a maintenance job in the North Sea, before

Photo courtesy Oceanology International

OI 2016: Growing Aquaculture Opportunities

Stanley, Senior Lecturer in Marine Molecular Biology on ‘Biorefining’. There are Canadian, French, German, Irish, Dutch and U.S. national group stands at OI 2016, as well as a diving pavilion; and individual exhibitors come from 32 countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UAE, U.K. and the U.S. Together they take up over 8,000m2 of stand space

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OI 2016: Monitoring Structural Integrity

looking at ‘NepCAT 3D catenary monitoring system’.   Packed exhibition There are Canadian, French, German, Irish, Dutch and US national group stands at OI 2016, as well as a diving pavilion; and individual exhibitors come from 32 countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UAE, UK and the USA. Together they take up over 8,000m2 of stand space making

MTR 100: Planet OS

platform is designed to reduce the time related to decision-making involving sensor data by 80%, enabling to securely organize and distribute all data assets in one location — ingest and curate data flows, manage users and access control, inspect individual platforms and data streams. Founded by Estonian entrepreneurs in 2012 as Marinexplore, Planet OS Inc., is a Silicon Valley based big data company focused on providing the world’s most powerful platform for analyzing vast data sets taken from millions of sensors around the planet. The Planet OS platform helps sensor-connected industries

Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action (Photo courtesy of the European Commission)

Climate Change Could Cost Europe $260 Billion

yields, river floods, and transport infrastructure losses) to assess the economic burden of potential climate scenarios. The project covers the climate impacts over the period 2071-2100, compared to 1961-1990 and considers climate impacts in five large EU regions: northern Europe (Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, and Denmark), UK & Ireland (UK and Ireland), central Europe North (Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, and Poland), central Europe South (France, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, and Romania), and southern Europe (Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, and Bulgaria)

MV Argo Merchant was a Liberian-flagged oil tanker that ran aground and sank southeast of Nantucket Island, Mass., on Dec. 15, 1976, causing one of the largest marine oil spills in history. U.S. Coast Guard Archives

Disasters at Sea & Their Impact on Shipping Regulation

to abandon ship.  It led to a major update of SOLAS, and a mandate that any vessel carrying 50 overnight passengers or more had to be built entirely of noncombustible materials or steel. Retroactive fire and safety amendments went into effect for all ships in 2010. •    The MS Estonia:  The RoRo Ferry sank in heavy seas Sept. 28, 1994 in circumstances very similar to the Herald of Free Enterprise – in this case the bow door failed, letting in too much water, sinking the boat, and killing 852 people out of the 1,000 on board. To improve the survivability of ferries

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University Selects Iver AUV Baltic Sea Research

OceanServer Technology has recently delivered an Iver2 - 580 EP 42 (Expandable Payload) AUV to Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) in Estonia. TUT has a long track record of utilizing new technology for research into real world applications. The researchers at the University expect to use the Iver2 platform to develop and demonstrate software solutions supporting AUV autonomy in the context of the Baltic Sea. The Baltic Sea presents many operational challenges such as brackish waters, very low visibility, heavy marine traffic and many obstacles in the water. The Department of Computer Science of

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Shipwreck Exploring Robotic Turtle to Premiere at London Exhibition

The Robot Safari exhibition in London Science Museum will see the world premiere of the underwater robot U-CAT, a highly maneuverable robotic turtle developed at Estonia's Tallinn University of Technology, and designed to penetrate shipwrecks. U-CAT’s locomotion principle is similar to sea turtles. Independently driven four flippers make the robot highly maneuverable; it can swim forward and backward, up and down and turn on spot in all directions. Maneuverability is a desirable feature when inspecting confined spaces such as shipwrecks. The robot carries an onboard camera and the video footage

Estonian Defense Extend Thales Naval Support

Thales U.K. signed a contract with the Estonian Defense Forces to provide an additional four years of technical support and maintenance to two former Royal Navy (RN) mine countermeasures vessels (MCMVs) now serving with the Estonian fleet. The contract provides a framework to achieve cost savings while accessing a wider range of support activities than previously provided. Thales offers a complete range of services and support packages to suit specific operational and maintenance requirements. The two former RN Sandown-class vessels – HMS Sandown and HMS Inverness – were decommissione


for bringing ocean data exploration and analysis into the 21st century, Sternfeld launched his new business, Marinexplore, in February 2012. By July he had an alpha version of the first product. By the beginning of October the company got funded by investors from the U.S., Norway, Singapore, and Estonia. In October the company also came out with a significant upgrade in the product, integrating several satellite based data sources and releasing tools for working with data overlays. Sternfeld has two co-founders. André Karpištšenko, acting as a Technology Lead of Marinexplore

GL Garrad Hassan at Husum WindEnergy 2012

, through an examination of attractive areas for development, grid and interconnection issues, and the regulatory and market conditions in the BSR nations." explained David Williams, GL Garrad Hassan. The report is designed to give the BASREC partners (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Russia and the European Commission), a set of concrete initiatives on which they can cooperate to promote offshore wind power. From the analysis two sets of strategic initiatives for the region were provided.  The first detailed actions required to fulfil

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