Faroe Islands News

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Minesto Gets OK for Tidal Kite Installation in Faroe Islands

Marine energy developer Minesto has said it been granted all necessary permits and consents for the installation of two grid-connected tidal kite systems in Vestmannasund, Faroe Islands.The granted permits and consents cover two DG100 tidal kite systems which will be installed in Vestmannasund in a collaboration between Minesto and the Faroese electric utility company SEV. Minesto has been granted public funding totaling approx. €3.5 million through the EU's EIC Accelerator and the Swedish Energy Agency for the implementation of the Vestmannasund project and the development of the DG100

A Minesto Kite - Credit: Minesto

No Impact of COVID-19 on Tidal Project Yet, Minesto Says

Tidal energy developer Minesto has so far felt no effect of the coronavirus pandemic on the inflow of components for its tidal project in the Faroe Islands, but the company said it was watching the situation closely. “Minesto is closely following developments related to the coronavirus disease COVID-19 to assess how governmental actions and restrictions around Europe might affect operations and project activities. To date, the company has had no negative impact on incoming components and subsystem deliveries,” the company said. The major kite system components for Minesto's

(Photographer:  Torunn Ludvigsen, DNV GL) – from left to right: Line Dahl (Veracity by DNV GL), Sandra Ness (Arctic Whale) and Jo Øvstaas (Veracity by DNV GL)

Veracity by DNV GL Partners with Arctic Whale Project

on Veracity’s open platform,” says co-founder of Arctic Whale and captain onboard the Barba vessel, marine biologist Andreas B. Heide.The forthcoming Arctic Whale expedition will take place between May and July 2019. The vessel will sail from Stavanger Norway to Shetland Islands, Faroe Islands and Iceland.An important part of the Arctic Whale team is an internationally acclaimed team of wildlife and underwater photographers and videographers that will document the research and the journey. This will also be shared on DNV GL’s Veracity platform.“We want to bring the ocean

Denmark’s GST Selects New Depth Management System

DataBASE (BDB) as the new system for Depth Data Management for current and future needs. The robust system will help increase efficiencies in data management and optimize the maritime production chain, from survey to chart.GST is responsible for surveying and charting the waters around Denmark, the Faroe Islands and Greenland to ensure safe passage at sea, in accordance with international standards and conventions. The project to implement BDB will include deployment of software and migration of existing data. Implementation of the new system is scheduled to begin mid-September 2018, with completion

The research vessel being built for the Faroe Islands Marine Research Institute is scheduled to enter service in mid-2020 (Image: Wärtsilä)

Ultra-silent Propulsion for New Research Vessel

When the Faroe Islands Marine Research Institute’s new research vessel enters operation in mid-2020, research personnel on board will be able to carry out their tasks with greater effectiveness thanks to a high-tech, ultra-silent propulsion package from Wärtsilä.   The new 54-meter-long ship, which is being built at the MEST shipyard in the Faroes for the Faroese Government organization, will feature a propulsion system that limits underwater radiated noise (URN) and which meets the DNV Silent R notation.   The solution is made possible through the manufacturer's in-house

Faroe Islands Looks to Restart Hunt for Oil and Gas

Oil companies are interested in restarting the hunt for oil and gas in the scarcely explored seas off the Faroe Islands neighbouring the more mature UK North Sea, the head of the Faroese Geological Survey said.   No economically viable discoveries have been made on the Faroese shelf but the tiny nation hopes to entice energy firms to restart exploration as it shows them new geological data in London on Wednesday.   "Oil firms have in many ways shown interest. We are having meetings, they buy data from us, visit us on the Faroe Islands ... So there is an interest and they are looking

Under the Pole Divers in Faroes: Image courtesy AST

Under the Pole Divers Breathe Easy Thanks to AST

inspired by explorer and diver Jacques Cousteau. AST say that a small team of divers/explorers, supplied with the company's vital safety equipment, has now embarked on a journey which will see them spending 22 months crossing the Polar region. In the first 20 days, the team reached Torshavn in the Faroe Islands, where they reported that they were awaiting a favourable weather window which would allow them to reach Iceland.  Project Director Ghislain Bardout commented: “We are still on time and if the weather allows us, we expect to reach Greenland early March.  This target allows us

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