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Optimized drive: Fred Olsen Ocean’s Brave Tern. Image: Handout/Fred Olsen

Offshore wind: One-stop Power Conversion

customers also has our converters offshore,” he says, adding, “but we have not yet produced any equipment for marine.”The Switch had local manufacturing at several locations in China before the outfit was acquired by Yaskawa.  In Hangzhou, The Switch’s people work with Finland-based contract manufacturer and system supplier, Scanfil, where they make full-power converters for wind. A factory in Lu’an makes converter components. Beijing and Hong Kong host The Switch sales and after-sales support offices.Asked if floating wind farms like HyWind posed a different challenge

Pioneering Spirit transports the drilling platform topsides for Equinor’s Johan Sverdrup development (Photo: Allseas)

Pioneering Spirit Shifts to the North Sea

;The other construction works are on track to complete the twin pipelines by the end of 2019."Nord Stream 2 is being built to transport gas from Russia into Europe. So far, more than 800 kilometers of pipes have been laid on the seabed for the project in line with the permits granted by Germany, Finland, Sweden and Russia. Currently there are more than 1,000 people working on some 20 vessels for the project.Pioneering Spirit installing pipeline in Swedish waters (Photo: Nord Stream 2

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EIVA Named Distributor for Sea-Bird Scientific Solutions

EIVA a/s and a leading sensor manufacturer Sea-Bird Scientific have announced the signing of an agreement that outlines a promising future for both companies, in which EIVA will serve as official distributor of all salt water Sea-Bird Scientific products in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland.Sea-Bird Scientific, which is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, United States, developer and manufacturer of solutions for the measurement of salinity, temperature, pressure and related oceanographic parameters in marine environments.With customers involved in every sector of maritime industries, Sea-Bird

Google to Tap the Power of Offshore Wind

fibre optic links to North America and Asia will improve connectivity.Google said it is also evaluating investments in a number of onshore and offshore wind and solar energy projects in Denmark.In September, Google signed a 10-year deal to buy renewable energy from three new wind farms being built in Finland that will power one of its data centers.Last year, the number of new corporate PPAs, primarily wind and solar, reached a record with more than 5 gigawatt contracted, up almost a third from the 2016 level, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency.The new data center in the small city

(Image: Professor Cui Weicheng, Shanghai Ocean University)

Voices: Professor Cui Weicheng

leading the development of the 11km three-man Rainbowfish submersible. Theoretical and real models of acrylic windows have been tested to destruction, improving his understanding, and offering guidance for revisions to accepted international standards. Likewise, scale model HSS spheres, made in Finland and China, have been tested to destruction in the high-pressure chambers at HAST. These tests have improved understanding of materials and processes that could further change accepted design practice. He has proposed a clever “nested pressure chamber” design, with a personnel sphere

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Environmentalists File Second Complaint to Block Nord Stream 2

, but the United States has threatened sanctions against the project.Last week, Swedish politicians said they would like the project to be halted as it would have negative environmental and security ramifications.However, the 9.5 billion euro pipeline has been officially cleared by Sweden as well as Finland, Germany and Russia. Denmark has expressed some reservations.The group had also filed a complaint in Finland in May, but the spokeswoman said there was no indication as to when a decision for that case would be announced.Reporting by Esha Vaish in Stockholm and Sabrina Zawadzk

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Nord Stream 2 Seeks Alternative Route to Avoid Danish Waters

route would be 175 kilometres long and pass north-west of the island of Bornholm.The consortium said it was not withdrawing an application filed in April last year to build a parallel pipeline to the existing Nord Stream pipeline that is already shipping Russian natural gas to Germany.Sweden, Finland and Germany all earlier this year issued permits for the pipeline to run through their exclusive economic zone, which is regulated by U.N. law.($1 = 0.8736 euros)(Reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen; additional reporting by Oksana Kobzeva in Moscow. Editing by Susan Fenton and Emelia Sithole-Matarise

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

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 case of the project, as Europe will need more imported gas in future.Nord Stream

Pipes for Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in Kotka, Finland (Photo: Gazprom)

Environmental group files complaint to stop Nord Stream 2 in Finland

Environmental campaign group ClientEarth on Monday said it had submitted a complaint to a Finnish court seeking to stop the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline through Finnish waters citing the risk of serious harm to marine life.Finland approved the pipeline last month and the pipeline's operator started preparatory work shortly after that.The work involves detonating World War Two bombs on the sea floor along the pipeline's proposed route and ClientEarth said that could cause serious harm to porpoises, seals and birds.A Nord Stream spokeswoman said the project organisation would

Novia, Aboa Mare and KMIFT Enter Into A MoU

present, the Maritime Academy and Training Center has more than 400 students and each year approximately 1,700 people participate in the short courses it offers. The maritime training of Novia University of Applied Sciences, Axxell and Aboa Mare is marketed in Aboa Mare’s name, which is known in Finland and abroad. KIMFT was established in 1965 and to date it has trained more than a million maritime professionals.Head of Maritime Academy and Training Center Per-Olof Karlsson states, “KIMFT hopes that collaboration with Aboa Mare will improve its position on the international market and offer

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Rising Tide of Innovation at Davos to Keep Plastic out of the Sea

their innovations marketable at scale.   They include the University of Pittsburgh which is applying nano-engineering to mimic the way nature uses molecular building blocks, to create a recyclable material that can replace multi-layered packaging.   The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, another recipient, has created a compostable material from forestry by-products that can be used to make pouches for food, including muesli, nuts and rice.   From fishing lines to flip flops, there are more than 5 trillion pieces of plastic floating in the world's oceans, according to a

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