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The Hunt for the Notorious U-Boat UB-29

50 passengers lost their lives. The Sussex managed to stay afloat and was towed, stern-first, to France. There were Americans on board the Sussex, and several were among the wounded. Pustkuchen had kicked a hornet’s nest.Less than a year before, a German U-boat sank the liner Lusitania in the Irish Sea, and 128 Americans died. President Woodrow Wilson put Germany on notice that “unrestricted submarine warfare”—the shoot-first tactic that U-boat skippers took up after early losses—would bring the United States into the war. Now UB-29 had done it again, and Wilson threatened

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World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Opens

wind turbines in operation globally.Orsted said they have been optimized to generate as much as 8.25 MW each.Matthew Wright, Orsted UK managing director, told Reuters in an interview Britain's offshore success was due to a combination of strong wind speeds and shallow waters in the North Sea and Irish Sea as well as continued support from the government."For the last 10 years governments of all colors have supported renewable energy and offshore wind in the UK, leading to a thriving industry," he said.Britain is the world's largest offshore wind market, hosting 36 percent of globally

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Subsea’s Future is Blowin’ in the Wind

automated aerial drone was able to conduct a top to bottom blade inspection of the world’s largest offshore wind turbine.The innovative inspection was recently performed on the 80m turbine blades of an 8MW MHI Vestas V164 turbine at Burbo Bank Extension, 7km off the coast of Liverpool Bay in the Irish Sea, through a partnership between U.S. based SkySpecs and offshore wind farm developer and operator Ørsted.Denmark based Ørsted (formerly DONG Energy) has roots in the oil and gas industry that go back to the early 1970s. Today, the company is completely focused on clean renewable energy

The Royal Navy’s new hydrographic survey vessel HMS Magpie (Photo: Royal Navy)

UK’s New Naval Survey Ship Passes Sea Trials

The U.K. Royal Navy’s new hydrographic survey vessel encountered a bout of rough weather during sea trials in the Irish Sea.Launched less than a month ago, HMS Magpie is the newest addition to the Navy's hydrographic squadron, replacing veteran survey launch Gleaner decommissioned earlier this year after 35 years’ under the White Ensign.The new 18-meter catamaran is being delivered by Atlas Elektronik UK through a subcontract with Cork shipbuilder Safehaven, based on the firm’s Wildcat 60 craft.The vessel is due to be formally handed over to the Royal Navy next month and be

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

Top Five Trends in Offshore Wind

, 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 Irish Sea, which will total close to 6 GW. Italian and French installations could boost capacity in the Mediterranean Sea to 0.5 GW.2. Bigger is BetterAcross the globe, offshore wind projects are incorporating the latest innovations in wind turbine technology as manufacturers are building larger turbines

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World's Largest Wind Turbines Installed off UK Coast

Dong Energy has installed the first of the world's largest wind turbines, which are taller and wider than the London Eye, at its Burbo Bank windfarm off the coast of Britain in the Irish Sea, it said on Thursday.   The 32 turbines, made by Vestas, will each be able to generate 8 megawatts (MW) of electricity, stand 195 metres tall from sea level and have a rotor diameter of 164 metres.   "This will be the first commercial deployment of the world's largest wind turbines," Benj Sykes, Dong's UK country manager for wind power, told Reuters.   Combined, the 32 turbines will

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AXYS Leads the Way for Floating LiDAR

independently reviewed offshore validations undertaken by AXYS to advance the commercial acceptance of its FLiDAR technology for offshore wind resource assessment in support of project financing. The latest validation campaigns took place at FINO 1 in the North Sea and at West of Duddon Sands in the Irish Sea, adding 11 more months of validation data to AXYS’ already impressive body of evidence for commercial acceptance. Both validation campaigns achieved over 98 percent data availability through harsh winter storm conditions while meeting or exceeding the accuracy standards established by the

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Global Marine Takes Majority Stake in CWind

to Global Marine, the purchase demonstrates its commitment to the offshore renewable sector and adds a diverse range of construction and O&M services to its current capabilities.   CWind has to date supported the construction and operation of more than 26 wind farms in the North Sea, Irish Sea and the Baltic delivering a broad range of construction and O&M services. Substantial growth has led CWind to open a new office in Bremen, Germany in 2014. In its last financial year finishing September 30, 2015, CWind had total annual revenues of $40.3 million; Global Marine reported revenues

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IMarEST Student Members Win National Awards

;Plankton eating plastic: worth worrying about?’ and will receive £1000 to further her research.   The Marine Conservation Society Wakefield Memorial Award went to Jack Emmerson, studying a PhD at Bangor University, for his project ‘Sustainable static-gear fisheries in the Irish Sea’. The runner up was Catherine Hinds, SIMarEST for her project ‘Using social media as an untapped resource for a photo-identification study of bottlenose dolphins’. She is currently studying a BSc Marine Biology at Queen’s University Belfast. “It was really great

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DONG Plans World's Largest Offshore Wind Farm

DONG Energy announced today it has decided to construct the 660MW Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm, located in the Irish Sea, approximately 19 kilometersm off the west coast of Britain.   The final investment decision has been made after securing all necessary consents from authorities, completing site assessments and having signed the majority of the contracts for supply and installation to build the project, DONG said.   Walney Extension is expected to be fully commissioned in 2018, at which time it will be the biggest offshore wind farm in the world, surpassing the 630MW London


Hailstones to Lead ASV

a foothold and exploit their cost reduction potential. Working for ASV, being at the forefront of their products implementation and watching the industry change because of it is going to be a rewarding experience” commented James.   Following successful operations in the Gulf of Mexico, Irish Sea and various locations off the UK, ASV has begun expanding its C-Worker fleet of ASVs. The multi-purpose work class vehicles have the ability to integrate multiple offshore payloads for a variety of tasks including surveying and monitoring.   The newly established Aberdeen base is in addition

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