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Overwatch: Advancing NATO’s Maritime Situational Awareness via Commercially Available Space-based Assets

as easy to argue that the complexity and the sheer volume of data and information management that indeed makes this the ‘Age of Information”.  Thus, we now find the ‘knowledge-based environment’ in which today’s modern navies must operate.  A recent study by the Netherlands based Clingendael Organization looking at the trends affecting the state of the Alliance in this Age of Information concluded that there are two main categorizations: structural challenges to NATO’s own cohesion and the forecast on the Alliance’s deterrence and defense posture by

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FLASC, Subsea 7 Working on Non-battery Energy Storage Solutions

combines the innovative concept definition capabilities and specialized HPES system expertise of FLASC, with the proven subsea solutions, technologies, and experience of Subsea 7, towards the commercialization of offshore HPES," FLASC, a spin-off from the University of Malta, established in The Netherlands, said.According to FLASC, the two companies will develop solution classes based on FLASC’s core technology, targeting a number of use-cases: from conventional grid-connected wind farm applications to decarbonization initiatives in the offshore oil and gas sector. The parties will

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Hydramec's LARS for Fugro's Uncrewed Surface Vessels

Offshore surveyor Fugro has ordered a Hydramec launch and recovery system for its new uncrewed surface vessels recently ordered from Sea-Kit.Fugro, based in the Netherlands, in August ordered two 12-meter SEA-KIT X class uncrewed surface vessels (USVs), with one bound for their Asia-Pacific region and the other for North Sea operations.The first of the 12-meter SEA-KIT X class USVs is expected to be delivered to Fugro in Perth, Australia, in the fourth quarter of 2020 and will feature remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) launch-and-recovery systems and station-keeping

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Vattenfall Launches Floating Solar Farm in The Netherlands (VIDEO)

Swedish power company Vattenfall has inaugurated its first floating solar farm in Gendringen, the Netherlands.The solar farm, with a capacity of 1.2 megawatts, was built on the site of the sand and gravel extraction company Netterden."This means that from now on, half of the annual energy consumption of the electric sand dredge and the associated sorting and processing equipment will be generated sustainably on site," Vattenfall said.Space for building solar farms is scarce in the Netherlands. A possible solution to this is to construct floating solar farms, for example on ponds and pools

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Van Oord Deploys Giant Trencher to Bury Offshore Wind Cables in North Sea

off the coast of the Dutch province of Zuid-Holland. The sea cables will connect the two offshore substation platforms with the Maasvlakte high-voltage substation and the Randstad 380 kV South ring. The electricity will then be fed into the national high-voltage grid to the electricity consumers in the Netherlands.Offshore wind developer Vattenfall sanctioned the development of the 1,500 MW offshore wind farm project in June. When fully operational in 2023, Hollandse Kust Zuid will provide a third of the total installed offshore wind capacity in the Netherlands, and will have electricity output equivalent

The signing of a contract between shipping company COS Master and the Groningen shipbuilder Next Generation Shipyards in Lauwersoog for the building of an offshore service vessel.

Dutch Shipyard Wins Contract to Build New Vessel Type, "Monomaran Crewtender"

Coastwise Offshore Services and Next Generation Shipyards signed a contract for the building of a new type of vessel, an aluminum vessel for the offshore wind-industry, with an option for three additional vessels. The signing took place at Next Generation Shipyards on Lauwersoog, the Netherlands. The new boat aims to combine the stability of a catamaran with the speed and fuel efficiency of a monohull, and the building of the vessel was at the initiative of Coastwise Offshore Services, the new shipping enterprise owned by Eelko Wijdieks, Douwe van den Berg and Onno Nienhuis. Harlingen-based

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Fugro ROV Supports North Sea Link Cable Installation

the North Sea Link cable through a mountain and along a lakebed in Norway.National Grid NSN Link Ltd and Statnett SF are building an electricity interconnector between Kvilldal in Norway and Blyth in the UK which, on completion, will be the longest subsea interconnector in the world.Fugro, based in the Netherlands, provided survey and monitoring solutions to support the installation of two cables through the mountain between Hylsfjorden and Lake Suldalsvatnet, and along the lakebed at a depth of 210 meters.Working with its client Nexans, the project took a year planning and preparation before Fugro provided

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Navy Mine Countermeasures Contract Awarded

supply the UAV SKELDAR V-200 as part of the naval mine countermeasures capability replacement, a program led by Belgium Naval & Robotics – a consortium including Naval Group and ECA Group – which will supply 12 mine hunters equipped with drone systems (Toolbox) to the Belgian and Royal Netherlands navies.Working across 12 new generation ships (six each for the Belgian and Royal Netherlands Navies), this contract is the first to materialize the stand-off concept by using a Toolbox – a system composed of a variety of drones to be deployed by operators in order to fulfill autonomous

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Deme Offshore Joins Neptune's Hydrogen Project

the hydrogen unit for installation on the Neptune-operated Q13a platform. The pilot aims to integrate three energy systems in the North Sea: offshore wind, offshore gas, and offshore hydrogen by producing hydrogen from seawater on the Q13a.Lex de Groot, Managing Director of Neptune Energy in the Netherlands, said: “The integration of offshore energy systems requires new and unique expertise and we are therefore pleased with the entry of Deme Offshore as a partner. Their knowledge of connecting windfarms is crucial, not only for this pilot, but also to gain experience for the follow-up projects

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