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Vestas Develops Replacement for Damaged Offshore Wind Turbines

Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems AS is developing a new offshore wind turbine model following recent gear box problems at several of its currently operating turbines, Swedish magazine Ny Teknik said. At the same time, Vestas and Swedish subcontractor SKF AB are trying to determine the causes of the damage to gear boxes, which recently induced the Danish group to stop sales of the V90 3 MW windmill for offshore installations. [Source: Thomson Financial]


Floating Offshore Wind Turbines: DNV KEMA Set Standards

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As demand for wind energy increases, offshore deployments are continuing to move into deeper waters. DNV KEMA has released its new standard for floating offshore wind turbine structures that will help ensure safety and reliability in floating wind turbines, and give the nascent floating-turbine sector the confidence to continue its development to commercial maturity. “A prerequisite for the industry to continue to grow and develop effectively is development of design


NAVFAC Begins Installation Process of Wind Turbine

By Lee H. Saunders, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest Public Affairs Installation of the Marine Corps' first large scale wind turbine at Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) Barstow began Jan. 8, with a kick-off meeting between Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest, MCLB, and Southern California Edison (SCE). The meeting starts the official implementation of the first of its kind contract awarded to the Marine Corps in November 2007.


Keppel Looking to Build Specialized Craft

According to an August 20 report from www.todayonline.com, Keppel Corp is looking into building specialized ships like vessels to install wind turbines as well as ice breakers. The firm has teamed up with fleet owner and operator Seafox in a joint venture to adapt Keppel's current multi-purpose self-elevating platform model into a $220m wind turbine installation vessel. Keppel said the vessel can operate in waters which are 45% deeper, compared to existing vessels.


Wind Turbine Simulation Solution by MSC Software

U.S. based MSC Software announces the 2012 version of its Advanced Wind Turbine Modeling (AdWiMo) solution. AdWiMo allows rapid modeling and accurate system simulation of wind turbines. As a plug-in to Adams, the multibody dynamics analysis software from MSC, the new version of AdWiMo fully supports the new Adams 2012 interface and better addresses areas of the certification process for wind turbines. Design validation and certification of wind turbines is mandatory in almost all countries


ABS Enters Indian Wind Market

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ABS Consulting completed its first noise emission test in India for SRC Green Power’s wind turbine in Tirunelveli, India, just southwest of the state capital, Chennai. The noise assessment of the 250 kW wind turbine generator (WTG) was conducted by the company’s IEC 61400-11 accredited subcontractor, WIND-Consult. The test took three days to complete and provided feedback on Noise Emission decibel levels at wind speeds ranging from 6 m/sec to 10 m/sec


Port Receives First International Ship of The Season

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PORTAGE, Ind. (March 29, 2010) - The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor celebrated the opening of its 41st international shipping season with the arrival of the “M/V Avonborg.” Port and local officials boarded the vessel for a brief ceremony, presenting the ship’s captain, Capt. Gert J.K. Mol, with gifts including an Indiana state flag and a vintage Port of Indiana South Shore poster. The first ship signifies the start of the shipping season


Kongsberg Participates in Wind Project

Kongsberg Maritime is the owner of the ‘Windsense’ project, which aims to develop a new and flexible instrumentation system for wind turbines.   The system will help to make wind power more economically competitive. The project, which amounts to 22 million NOK, has been initiated through collaboration within the instrumentation cluster NCEI (Norwegian Centres of Expertise Instrumentation). Windsense will develop a system that will make wind turbines more effective by


Bureau Veritas Launches Wind Farm Service Ships Guidance

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International classification society Bureau Veritas has published guidance for designers and builders of Wind Farm Service Ships. Maxime Pachot, offshore service vessel manager at Bureau Veritas, says, “Although some of the existing Offshore Service Vessel fleet can perform the tasks necessary for developing and maintaining offshore wind farms, we see an increasing need for specialist craft. These will include specialised vessels for servicing offshore wind farms


Offshore Wind Rules Set New Standard

Lloyd’s Register releases new Rules, Class Notation and Guidance Notes for ‘Wind Turbine Installation and Maintenance Vessels and Liftboats’ to reflect industry best practice and new novel designs. The new Rules form part of the wider Mobile Offshore Unit Rule set 2013 launched by Lloyd’s Register in June, and is for vessels engaged in installation and/or maintenance activities relating to offshore wind turbines


NorSea Group Buys Danbor from Mærsk

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NorSea Group is said it taking a major step forward in its international involvement by purchasing the Danish base and logistics company Danbor AS. In addition to enhancing the global presence of NorSea Group, Danbor will boost the company’s capability in the wind power market.


Transport Engineering Course at OMAE 2014

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HMC will host ASME Courses on Transport Engineering and Front End Engineering Design from June 7-8, 2014 at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco. The OMAE is the flagship conference of the Ocean Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division of ASME


Damen Fits New SPS Feet to Wind Turbine Vessel

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Damen ARNO Dunkerque, part of the Damen Shiprepair & Conversion Group, has given a new set of feet to what they are caling the world’s first purpose-built offshore wind turbine installation and maintenance vessel, the 2003-built MPI Resolution*


Pioneering Tech for Offshore Wind Farm Maintenance

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James Fisher Renewables pioneers trial of innovative Ship-to-Turbine Oil Change System James Fisher Renewables conducted an innovative trial of Ship-to-Turbine (STT), an oil change system set to significantly improve safety, efficiency and reduce down time in offshore wind turbine gearbox oil


SSR, Zwagerman Form Joint Repair/Build Group

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Serdijn Ship Repair (SSR) and Zwagerman Offshore Services join forces into a new company under the name Rotterdam Offshore Group BV (ROG). Both companies have a strong reputation for finding innovative solutions for complex jobs. Their ideas and activities are complementary


Oregon Offshore Wind Project: Key Step Forward

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On the heels of President Obama’s State of the Union address where he laid out actions to move the economy toward clean energy sources, reduce carbon pollution and create jobs, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has announced an important step forward for the first offshore wind project


L-3 SAM Supplies Wind Farm Electronics

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L-3 SAM Electronics announced that it has been commissioned by steel contractor Bladt Industries A/S of Aalborg, Denmark, to outfit transition pieces for the EnBW Baltic 2 wind farm due to become operational this year. “The EnBW Baltic 2 project is the second major turnkey wind farm


New Jack-up Vessel Propelled by SCHOTTEL

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Since December 2013 the fleet of HOCHTIEF has a new member. The offshore jack-up vessel VIDAR was developed especially for construction and servicing of offshore wind farms as well as offshore oil and gas plants. The propulsion system consists of four SCHOTTEL Combi Drives electric azimuth


Conquest to Use MirTac and StarIPS Software

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Maritime consultancy firm MirTac announced that Conquest Offshore has purchased the Star software and related database and implementation services. Conquest Offshore will be implementing the maintenance, purchase and safety management software both in the office as well as onboard its fleet.


Gamesa Turns to Profit in 2013

Reuters - Spanish wind turbine maker Gamesa posted on Thursday a 45 million euro ($61.50 million) profit in 2013, after making losses in the same period a year earlier when it booked writedowns for stalling demand and staff layoffs. Gamesa


Wind turbine maker Nordex turns corner in overhaul

Shares rise 4.6 percent to top TecDAX. German wind turbine maker Nordex on Friday said it had swung to an operating profit last year, boosted by stronger demand in its core European market as well as cost cuts after shutting down production in China and the United States.


Rolls-Royce Water Jets for Windfarm Support Vessels

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Rolls-Royce said it has secured a contract to supply water jets for three wind farm support vessels to be built by South Boats IOW for the offshore wind transfer vessel operator Seacat Services. In what Rolls-Royce called one of the biggest orders made for wind farm workboats


Panel: Lift Japan offshore wind tariff lift, Cut solar prices

A government panel has recommended Japan lift the amount utilities must pay for electricity from offshore wind farms while cutting prices for power fed in from solar projects, as the country looks to diversify its use of renewable energy.


Bureau Veritas, LM Wind Partner for Turbine Certification

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Bureau Veritas (BV) said it has signed a framework agreement with LM Wind Power, a supplier of components and services to the wind industry, to cover the certification of wind turbine blades to international standards. The contract follows a collaboration between both companies


Jack-Up Barge Debuts New Offshore Installation Method

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Jack-Up Barge, the offshore self-elevating platform supplier, has pioneered a new cost-effective installation method that the company said will revolutionize offshore wind turbine construction. The Netherlands-based based company, a supplier to the offshore energy markets


 
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