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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 consortium of western companies and Russia's Gazprom that is due to build the controversial subsea Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany said on Tuesday it was starting preparatory work in the Greifswald bay off Germany's Baltic coast."Five dredgers are now working on the trench for the two pipeline strings," the consortium, based in Switzerland's Zug, said in a press release. Nord Stream 2 will consist of two pipelines running in parallel."Preparatory works are in accordance with the Stralsund mining authority's planning approval," it said. The regulatory authority

Germany Offshore Transmission Station Contract Awarded

Seaway Heavy Lifting contracted by Siemens AG for the transportation & installation of the German North Sea jacket & transmission station. The contractors say that the 5,800 tonnes jacket will be installed by Heavy Lift Vessel “Oleg Strashnov”. The 14,000 tonnes transmission station will be installed as a float-over with Seaway Heavy Lifting to perform the float-over operation with the assistance of its subcontractor Dockwise. The work is scheduled to be performed in 2013/2014. The transmission station SylWin Alpha will be installed in the German exclusive economic zone of the

Statoil CEO Helge Lund (Credit Statoil)

Statoil's Lund: Natural Gas is a Big Opportunity for Germany

“There is a large potential for Germany to cut its climate emissions in a cost-effective way through the increased use of natural gas”, said Statoil CEO Helge Lund Switching from coal to gas as the power sector is a significant opportunity to cut emissions. This alternative can save more than 50% of emissions per kilowatt-hour of electricity produced.  “I think it is both timely and necessary for German to develop a plan for how natural gas can contribute to fulfilling the ambitions of the Energiewende (energy transition). Increasing the use of natural gas will be beneficial

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Fisheries Research Vessel Ordered for Germany

research vessel following a European tendering process, realized by the Federal Waterways Engineering and Research Institute (Bundesanstalt für Wasserbau, BAW).   With the vessel, to be called the Walther Herwig, the German Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture (BMEL) will support Germany’s fisheries and oceanographic research programs.   Measuring 85 x 17,40 meters, the Walther Herwig will be the largest vessel in the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture’s fleet. Such dimensions will allow for accommodation for 26 crew and 26 scientists.   In

Forum Sub-Atlantic Comanche (Photo: Forum)

Forum Signs Comanche Deal with Baltic Diver Germany

Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. has announced the sale of two Sub-Atlantic Comanche ROVs to international diving contractor Baltic Taucherei- und Bergungsbetrieb Rostock GmbH (Baltic Diver Germany). The deal, supported by distributor Scholz Ingenieur Bϋro, will see both systems delivered at the beginning of May 2017 following an optimized manufacturing schedule. The Forum Sub-Atlantic Comanche was chosen due to its high thrust-to-weight ratio and compact laydown requirements which make it ideally suited for the operating environments expected by Baltic Diver. Baltic Diver general manager

BV Opens doors to Their Testing Labs in Germany

  Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services (CPS) have successfully opened the doors to their testing laboratories in Hamburg and Schwerin on the 9th and 10th July. The event, which was themed around new chemical requirements for consumer products, attracted over 100 clients coming not only from Germany, but also from France, Belgium, Spain, Turkey, Brazil, Austria and the United Kingdom. The event was the opportunity to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Schwerin laboratory, one of the most modern laboratories within the Bureau Veritas network. At this location, around 150 employees are

Atair II (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime)

Germany Chooses Kongsberg Research Ship Concept

content below 0.1 per cent, while standalone LNG-powered operational duration is 10 days, thanks to its 130 m3 LNG tank. As part of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, the BSH is the government maritime services partner for shipping, industry and the marine environment in Germany

Statnett to Start Work on NordLink Cable to Germany in August

Norway's grid operator Statnett will start constructing the first part of its NordLink power cable to Germany in August, the company said on Thursday.   NordLink, an interconnector that will be over 600 km (373 miles) long, will be able to supply power to more than 600,000 households when in operation.   Statnett is building two 1.4 gigawatt (GW) subsea cables to Germany and Britain to start up in 2020 and 2021 respectively, with each cable costing up to 2 billion euros ($2.2 billion).   "The first part of the NordLink cable will be installed ... in the beginning of August

Manohar Parrikar, Indian defence minister. Photo: Ministry of Defence.

Germany Lobbies for India's Submarine Project

 Germany is hopeful in bagging multi-billion-dollar Indian submarine project for building six conventional submarines, says a PTI report.   German Ambassador to India Michael Steiner said the P-75(I) project was under discussion and that the matter also came up during German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen's visit here last month.     He said that the talk did not specify the modalities of the deal on whether this should be Business-to-Business or Government-to -Government.     According to Michael his minister said that it was a clear sign that there is

Norway Begins Laying Power Link to Germany

Norway's power grid operator Statnett said on Tuesday it has started laying a subsea power interconnector to Germany, with commercial operations expected to start in 2020 as previously planned. The first part of the cable, between Norway and the Danish sector of the North Sea, will be installed this summer, it added. Once completed, the cable to Germany will be 623 kilometres long. (Reporting by Nerijus Adomaitis)

rendering of the Atair; first vessel in the BSH fleet with LNG technology  (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Germany Orders LNG Fueled Research Ship

The Fassmer shipyard in Germany is currently cinstructing a new research vessel to be owned by Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH), the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency.   The new 75-meter-long ship, the Atair, will replace her 30 year old namesake, and will be the first German research vessel operating on liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel.   The engines for the new vessel will be supplied by Wärtsilä, who will also supply exhaust cleaning systems based on selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology and the LNGPac system for complete fuel gas

Meet MUM: Large Modifiable Underwater Mothership. Image: thyssenkrupp

MUM's the Word: New UUV Takes Shape in Germany

German engineering prowess and cooperation to the fore.   As the world of autonomous vehicles flourishes on land and in the air, subsea applications have proven more challenging, despite great strides in recent years to deliver fully autonomous, efficient systems at sea. A team of engineers from Germany, engineers teamed from industry and academia, are aiming to drive the subsea vehicle market further faster courtesy of a project known as the Large Modifiable Underwater Mothership, or MUM.   The project brings several notable entities to the table, including engineers from thyssenkrupp,

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MUM's the Word: New UUV Takes Shape in Germany

As the world of autonomous vehicles flourishes on land and in the air, subsea applications have proven more challenging, despite great strides in recent years to deliver fully autonomous, efficient systems at sea. A team of engineers from Germany, engineers teamed from industry and academia, are aiming to drive the subsea vehicle market further faster courtesy of a project known as the Large Modifiable Underwater Mothership, or MUM.   “Today’s AUVs are usually limited with regard to energy, payload capacity and autonomy,” said Hendrik Wehner, Design Engineer, thyssenkrupp

The Noordhoek Pathfinder vessel (Photo: N-Sea)

Seabed Scan Uncovers Explosives off Germany

explosive ordnance disposal service. Requiring a more accurate identification, the grenade disposal was carried out on board a separate vessel, through use of a mobile x-ray machine.   “The corridor started in very shallow water mudflats for a 12 nautical mile zone, north of Borkum in Germany, which is a very challenging environment known for its shallow waters, high currents and continuously moving sandbanks,” said N-Sea’s CEO, Gerard Keser.   “Despite the many challenges and intricacies of the campaign, we successfully identified and destroyed three explosive

Ecospeed Agent Appointed in Germany

Karberg & Schmitz GmbH of Hamburg, Germany, have been appointed as Ecospeed agents for the German territory, representing Subsea Industries and Hydrex in the sale and delivery of Ecospeed, Ecoshield and related products including service, maintenance and warranty work. The appointment follows increased interest in Ecospeed on the part of German based owners, operators and shipyards. Owners of many different types of vessels such as cruise ships, harbor tugs, ice-going merchant vessels and others have switched to Ecospeed as a better alternative hull protection and fuel efficiency system. With

Photo courtesy of MacArtney

MacArtney Supplies Survey Equipment to Geo Group

Turnkey customer-specific concept including installation and training in hardware and software to support Geo Group, Germany, in mapping subsea areas.   MacArtney Germany has effected supply, installation and setting-to-work of several multibeam echo sounder systems and navigation equipment for hydrographic survey applications.   Being an internationally operating company providing solutions ranging from classic geoengineering services onshore to special tasks offshore, the Geo Group consists of 18 subsidiaries in Germany and Poland.   Scope of supply The deliveries made by

Upend Device: Image credit Ulstein

Offshore Germany EPCI Contract for Ulstein

, Director of Concepts and Sales. 

 The products will be delivered in Rostock in the summer of 2013 for final installation and commissioning onto the 'Goliath' Jack-up Platform that will be used for the installation of the foundations for the Baltic 2 Offshore Wind farm in the Baltic Sea, offshore Germany.

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