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Heyman Joins Tymor Marine

Tymor Marine hired Matthew Heyman as Business Development Manager.   Heyman has more than 20 years maritime industry experience with companies including Wilhelmsen, Maersk and Stena, in the UK, Europe and Australasia. Tymor Marine is a UK- and USA-based independent marine and naval architectural consultancy with offices in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Lafayette.  Tymor delivers a range of design and analysis functions, such as vessel and rig stability and modifications, seafastening of cargo and equipment, subsea deployment analysis, mooring analysis and offshore equipment design and modification.

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Van Oord Wins Taiwanese Offshore Wind Contract

to the Taiwan power grid that year and the remaining part in 2021.The project is part of the Taiwanese government's plans to install offshore wind farms with a total capacity of 5,500 MW by 2025, in a push to phase out nuclear energy.The Yunlin project is the first wind contract for Van Oord outside Europe. The company has worked on dredging and other offshore projects in Taiwan, where it created 250 hectares (617.8 acres) of new land in the port of Kaohsiung last year.($1 = 0.8631 euros)(Reporting by Bart Meijer; Editing by Mark Potter

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Forum Energy Technologies Adds European Distributor

;This agreement ensures that our clients in The Netherlands and Belgium receive the same streamlined and consistent support they are accustomed to around the globe.”Johnston added that Forum will engage with current and new companies through Seascape Subsea Technology BV to grow its foothold in Europe.Seascape Director, Martijn Juijn, commented, “To be able to represent one of the most extensive ranges of subsea vehicles in the world will allow Seascape to explore new market opportunities in this territory."

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Norway Wants to Build Floating Wind Farms

is already maturing a project in Norway to combine floating wind with oil platforms.Norway's energy minister expected to conclude the discussions within a few months."By autumn I hope we will have a proposal. Perhaps we need to go through the parliament with this," he said.Norway is western Europe's top producer of oil and natural gas, and has so far lagged Nordic neighbours Denmark and Sweden in wind power developments.(Editing by Terje Solsvik

An ROV monitors the Moskito during oil recovery from the Thetis (Photo: MIko Marine)

Oil Removed from Decades-old Swedish Shipwreck

tons of oil from the wreck of the Thorco Cloud in the Singapore Strait.Speaking after the completion of the Thetis project, Nicolai Michelsen, general manager of Miko Marine, said; “In addition to the ships and boats that have been lost in recent years, there is a huge number around the coasts of Europe and elsewhere that were sunk during the second world war. Many still have tanks containing heavy fuel oil and after 70-years they are now starting to decay and cause unexpected deposits of oil on nearby coastlines. It took a great deal of research and development work for us to perfect the Moskito

An ROV operates from the vessel Trio to explore the seabed close to Lubmin, Germany. (File photo: © Nord Stream 2 / Axel Schmidt)

Nord Stream 2 Dredging Starting Off German Coast

;s planning approval," it said. The regulatory authority granted the consortium a permit in January to build the pipeline in German territorial waters.There have been years of political wrangling over whether the additional route to bring Siberian gas to Germany directly from next year is in Europe's interest, economically and geopolitically.Environmentalists in Germany and Finland are still trying to halt licensing, saying authorities should take more care the pipeline does not endanger marine life.The consortium has said it will mitigate environmental problems, while arguing for the economic

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Innovation Starts @ Marine Hub Cornwall

opportunity to see that realized from the other side of the coin.Marine Hub was launched to become the voice of marine technology innovation in Cornwall. Tell us about the project and why you are set on strengthening the region’s position as a leading global technology hub.If you look at the map of Europe and where the current offshore activities are happening, it's centered on the southern North Sea.  If you start factoring what's coming down the track when you look at the potential of the Atlantic seaboard and where the tidal energy sites are likely to be, Cornwall sits bang in the

The Gwynt Y Mor wind farm. Photo from Rovco.

Subsea Robotics for Renewables

gain a new insight into the condition of these subsea assets,” says Dr David Flynn, director of the Smart Systems Group at Heriot-Watt University, and a member of the HOME Offshore group.There’s going to be a large market to address. Some 3.1 GW of new offshore wind capacity was installed in Europe in 2017, double the capacity installed in 2016, according to WindEurope, a trade body. By 2020, WindEurope expects a total European offshore wind capacity of 25GW – with all the associated infrastructure that comes with it.HOME Offshore estimates that use of remote inspection and asset management

TE SubCom to Design and Deploy Google's New Cable System

Undersea communications technology firmTE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company, announced it has been selected by Google as the supplier of its Dunant submarine cable system. The four-fiber pair cable system will span over 6,400km and will connect the East Coast of the United States to Europe, adding dedicated capacity to Google’s global network and will enable interconnection to other subsea infrastructure in the region.Sanjay Chowbey, president of TE SubCom, said the Dunant cable system will be built using SubCom’s A1 cable family, which is optimized for projects compatible with higher

Thorco Cloud - preparing a Moskito for deployment Photo Miko Marine

Oil Recovered from Sunken Ship Thorco Cloud

Cloud were tapped, enabling all accessible heavy fuel oil to be recovered at a rate of 10 – 15 cubic meters per hour. Speaking after the completion of the project, Nicolai Michelsen, general manager of Miko Marine, said, “There is an extraordinary number of ships around the coasts of Europe and elsewhere that were sunk during the second world war and many still have tanks containing heavy fuel oil,” he said. “After 70-years they are now starting to decay and cause unexpected deposits of oil on nearby coastlines. After much research and development work, I am pleased to say

MaRINET2 Advances Renewable Energy Research

The MaRINET2 project has awarded €1.1 million in support to 32 offshore renewable technology developers to test at its network of world-leading research facilities. This support will accelerate the next generation of energy technologies toward the marketplace, and help maintain Europe’s global leadership in renewable energy research.€1.1 million of funding was awarded to 32 innovation technology developers from 17 countries, following a second competitive call for applications. The support will provide 583 days of cutting-edge testing and research at facilities around Europe.Dr. Jimmy

One of the CTD instruments used to collect the data used in this study (Photo: NOC)

Switch from Leaded Petrol has Reduced Ocean Pollution

New research shows the first observed reduction in lead concentrations in the surface waters of the seas around Europe since the phasing out of leaded petrol.Lead has no biological function, and is toxic to humans and marine organisms. The study, published in Geophysical Research Letters, is based on samples of the Celtic Sea taken during a series of research expeditions on board the Royal Research Ship (RRS) Discovery. The results show that there has been a four-fold reduction in the concentration of lead in the surface waters of European shelf seas compared to measurements undertaken two to three

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Teledyne Bringing Its Technology Workshop to Europe

Building upon Teledyne Marine’s Teledyne Marine Technology Workshop (TMTW) event hosted biennially in the U.S., the company has decided to host this event in Cannes, France on October 9-11, 2018 to address the needs of customers in Europe and the surrounding area.As with the U.S. based TMTW, this event will allow speakers, influencers and attendees from around the globe to explore, learn and share their experiences on a broad range of marine and inland technologies.  This three-day workshop will once again include customer presentations, product/software training, networking opportunities

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Taiwan: The Next Battleground for Offshore Wind

Taiwan is becoming the next battleground for the world's top offshore wind developers as they seek a foothold in Asia for a technology that has been expanding fast in Europe.Taiwan announced results on Monday of its first major offshore wind farm auction that aims to add 3.8 gigawatts (GW) of capacity to its existing network of just 8 megawatts (MW).The island's offshore wind market is expected to expand to 5.5 GW by 2025, and the government aims to invest $23 billion on onshore and offshore wind projects by 2025, law firm Jones Day says.Taiwan is making a big push to attract investments in

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New Consortium for Offshore Decommissioning

from other sectors such as marine wreck removal, to improve how to tackle the increasingly important challenge of decommissioning offshore oil and gas infrastructure.”The consortium aims to deliver smarter decommissioning activities with end to end project management and execution for operators in Europe, Asia and Americas that include best practices from other sectors such as float and tow, used widely in salvage.The members of the consortium have a proven track record across all areas of late life and decommissioning, and say they can ensure project efficiency, regulatory compliance and cost certainty

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Maersk Likely to Shelve Plans to List Drilling Division

to shop shelf.The listing option was shelved because of sluggish investor appetite in the drilling sector, which plagued by an oversupply of rigs and has not yet recovered from a downturn in oil prices.More broadly, investors and bankers have cautioned initial public offerings will become tougher in Europe as the year progresses to do as money gets tighter and potential investors are more cautious after being burnt by some high-profile failures.In fact several companies expected to hold IPOs have instead opted for sale at the eleventh hour, including British online betting company Sky Bet.Maersk Drilling

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The Underwater Centre Under New Ownership

secure an outcome which maintains the breadth of expertise and institutional knowledge at this excellent facility.”David McGhie, Managing Director of The Underwater Centre, welcomed the move, saying, “The center is of crucial importance to the North Sea industry as one of only two centers in Europe which provides closed bell diver training – a skill set which is vital to the North Sea sector.“We are delighted that the industry and Scottish Government have collaborated to ensure the future of the center. This genuinely positive collaboration will help to increase the value we can

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