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Shipbuilding: Damen TSHD for Portuguese Dredging Company

Recently the Jose Duarte started its first mining job in Lisbon. The trailing suction hopper dredger has been built in Portugal for a Portuguese dredging company, to a Spanish design and using Dutch dredging equipment. The European cooperation has resulted in a customized dredger performing above expectations on her first job.Portugal has a long coastline and a number of busy navigable rivers – an excellent backdrop for the dredging company Inersel. When Inersel required an addition to its fleet, its preference was to acquire it within its home country. As a result, the company formed a team

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Vryhof Reports New Contracts

based offshore services provider Vryhof  announced on Tuesday its three businesses Deep Sea Mooring, Vryhof Anchors and Moorlink have been awarded up to $75 million in new contracts to start 2019.The contracts include deals for Vryhof Anchors for the WindFloat Atlantic wind farm, offshore Portugal, the world’s first commercial floating wind farm, and the Havfarm 1 offshore fish farm project in Norway, one of the world’s largest floating structures. In addition, Deep Sea Mooring (DSM) has secured contracts with Saipem Indonesia, Odfjell Drilling and Noble Drilling for the supply

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Case Study: Floating top marks for piles in flooding rivers

Grupo Lindley was approached by Administração dos Portos do Douro, Leixões e Viana do Castelo in Portugal to improve the reliability of the aids to navigation in the Douro River. Along this stretch of navigable waters there are many piles that when the river floods become totally submerged.In conjunction with Instituto Hidrográfico (Portuguese Navy), Almarin together with sister company Lindley in Portugal has been working on a topmark that performs as a buoy floating off from the pile in high water. The goal was to design a day mark that would function normally during the

 A U.S. government auction for three wind leases off the coast of Massachusetts ended on Friday with record-setting bids totaling more than $400 million from European energy giants including Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Equinor ASA.. Photo: 
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BOEM "Blown Away" by Record U.S. Offshore Wind Auction

Energy Management (BOEM) announced the sale's three winners - Equinor Wind US LLC, Mayflower Wind Energy LLC, and Vineyard Wind LLC, at the conclusion of the two-day sale that attracted 11 bidders and lasted 32 rounds.Mayflower is a joint venture owned by Shell and EDP Renewables, a division of Portugal's EDP. Vineyard Wind is a joint venture between Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Avangrid Inc, a division of Spain's Iberdrola SA. Equinor is the Norwegian company formerly known as Statoil.Equinor and Mayflower each bid $135 million for their leases, while Vineyard Wind bid $135.1

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Europeans Sweep Record US Offshore Wind Auction

Energy Management (BOEM) announced the sale's three winners - Equinor Wind US LLC, Mayflower Wind Energy LLC, and Vineyard Wind LLC, at the conclusion of the two-day sale that attracted 11 bidders and lasted 32 rounds.Mayflower is a joint venture owned by Shell and EDP Renewables, a division of Portugal's EDP. Vineyard Wind is a joint venture between Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Avangrid Inc, a division of Spain's Iberdrola SA.Equinor is the Norwegian company formerly known as Statoil.Equinor and Mayflower each bid $135 million for their leases, while Vineyard Wind bid $135.1

Portugal, Morocco Seek Power Link

Portugal and Morocco will invite bids to build an undersea electricity cable linking the two countries after technical and financial feasibility studies are completed in early 2019, a senior Portuguese official said on Monday.Morocco and Portugal agreed in 2015 on plans for a 1,000 megawatt (MW) link. Feasibility studies were launched in 2016.Portuguese Secretary of State for Energy Joao Galamba told Reuters that the two governments aimed to issue the invitations to bid "immediately after the feasibility study""Both governments are strongly committed to this project," he said on

Wave Energy Converter at PLOCAN; UNDIGEN project. Source WEDGE GLOBAL S.L. PLOCAN

Blue-Gift to Implement Marine Power Project

longer term demonstration and technology de-risking across the Atlantic Arc regions.Blue-GIFT will leverage the skills, processes and expertise developed in the Interreg NWE FORESEA program to drive forward the marine energy sector in the Atlantic Arc.Located in the coastal regions of Spain, France, Portugal, Ireland and Scotland, the Atlantic Arc region represents the areas of highest ocean energy resource in Europe. The development of ocean energy in these regions will help stimulate economic development whilst developing a domestic sustainable energy source to reduce carbon emissions.The project

The Maritime Alliance Seeks Executive Director

ideal candidate would be in position to start on November 1, 2018.Entering its 13th year in 2019, TMA has over 90 regional and international members and is a proud charter member of the BlueTech Cluster Alliance made up of 10 leading BlueTech clusters from 8 countries (Canada, France, Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Spain, U.K. & U.S)The Executive Director works closely with the President and the Board of Directors to promote a common Blue Voice and create an ecosystem of companies, policy makers, economic development officials, researchers, educators, innovators and students that collaborate on promoting

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MainOne Cable System to Extend to Francophone Region

center solutions provider MainOne to extend its active submarine cable system into West Africa’s francophone region with two additional branches connecting Senegal (Dakar) and Cote D’Ivoire (Abidjan). These new branches will connect to MainOne’s 7,000km cable system, which extends from Portugal to Nigeria, and will inject new technology that upgrades the system to a potential capacity of 10TBps by November 2019 when the subsea system becomes operational.With this development, MainOne will have landing points in five markets – Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Cote D’Ivoire and Portugal

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Platform Mooring Connectors Supplied for Windfloat Atlantic Project

A U.K. based subsea mooring and cable protection specialist has been called on to help connect wind turbine generator platforms to mooring lines at a floating wind farm under development offshore northern Portugal.First Subsea said it is supplying platform mooring connectors (PMC) to Windplus SA, developer of the 25MW WindFloat Atlantic Project located about 20 km off the coast from Viana do Castelo.The WindFloat Atlantic Project comprises three WindFloat 8MW WTG platforms, each with a mooring system made up of three catenary mooring lines, connected to drag embedded anchors. In all, First Subsea will

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Subsea’s Future is Blowin’ in the Wind

, significantly reducing installation costs. The WindFloat is also “turbine agnostic”, meaning any conventional offshore wind turbine can be installed atop one of its columns.Working with a consortium of partners, Principle Power deployed a full-scale 2MW WindFloat protype off the coast of Portugal in 2011, and in the time since has taken the technology through its paces to prove its readiness for commercialization. Over a five-year operation period, more than 17 GWh of electricity was produced and delivered to the local grid by subsea cable before the prototype was decommissioned in 2016

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Scientists to Investigate Human Impacts in the Ocean

, provides key time-series datasets for analyzing the effect of climate change on open-ocean and deep-sea ecosystems. A wide range of international scientists have been collecting data at this site for decades, and this latest voyage will include participants from Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, U.K. and U.S

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

Top Five Trends in Offshore Wind

Sea, where 1.5 GW of offshore wind is online today, projects in Poland, Estonia, 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

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Shell Ocean Discovery XPrize Field Pared to 9

to contribute towards comprehensive mapping of the ocean floor by 2030.   KUROSHIO (Japan)  Led by Takeshi Nakatani, the team is integrating technologies owned by Japanese universities, institutes and companies for a unique collaborative approach centered around AUVs.   PISCES (Portugal)  Led by Nuno Cruz, the team is aggregating Portuguese technologies developed at INESC TEC (Porto) and CINTAL (Algarve) to create the PISCES system that leverages cooperative robotics.    Team Tao (UK)  Led by Dale Wakeham, the team is developing an autonomous swarm system

Scan of the astrolabe artifact (Credit: University of Warwick)

Earliest Known Marine Navigation Tool Found

expertise and transfer that to something totally different and so historically significant was a really interesting opportunity.”   The astrolabe is a bronze disc measuring 17.5cm in diameter and engraved with the Portuguese coat of arms and the personal emblem of Don Manuel I, the King of Portugal from 1495-1521. It is believed to date from between 1495 and 1500, and was recovered from the wreck of a Portuguese explorer ship Esmeralda which was sunk by a storm in the Indian Ocean in 1503. The historic vessel was part of a fleet led by Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, the first person to

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Study: Climate Change Shifts Timing of River Floods

more than eight days earlier than in 1960, it said.   "Years with late snow melt have become rare" in the region, co-author Berit Arheimer of the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute said.   Elsewhere, the peak autumn season for floods along the Atlantic coast from Portugal to England, when soils get waterlogged by rain, had become earlier in the past half century.   By contrast, floods came a few days later around much of the North Sea and parts of the Mediterranean such as the Adriatic coast, because of delays in rains in winter.   It linked some of

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Italian Submarine Romeo Romei Delivered

;   The Romei is the 102nd submarine built in the shipyard of Muggiano since 1907, when the Italian Royal Navy’s Foca submarine was launched. Since then, this shipyard has always stood out for building naval units, not only for the Italian Navy, but also for foreign navies (Brazil, Spain, Portugal, Sweden and Denmark).    The building program of the submarines Venuti and Romei is the continuation of the project launched in 1994 in cooperation with the German Submarine Consortium, which has already led to the construction in the past years of six units for Germany and two for Italy

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