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Nuclear-powered ships: Exploring their potential

The shipping industry is experiencing a green-‘frenzy’ right now, trying to find the best solution to reduce its emissions, and achieve decarbonization. Many measures have already been suggested for this cause; scrubbers, alternative fuels, slow steaming. However, there is a completely zero-emission solution, but it is quite controversial. Its name? Nuclear power.

Wind energy system receives preliminary approval

MOL and Oshima Shipbuilding have jointly obtained ‘Approval In Principle (AIP)’ from ClassNK for the design of a hard sail system. The system converts wind energy to propulsive force with telescopic hard sail. As MOL said, the system is crucial for the ‘Wind Challenger Project’, which MOL and Oshima Shipbuilding are leading.

University of Hull, Siemens Gamesa to provide offshore wind energy education

The University of Hull has joined with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy to offer an MSc Masters Degree Apprenticeship in Offshore Wind Energy Engineering through the University’s Department of Engineering. Formally beginning in September 2019, the initial group of 10 students will get practical experience through placements at three different SGRE locations in the UK. 

Energy transition crucial, but we must address potential challenges

Making the the energy transition faster is crucial in order to avoid climate disaster. However, Lucy Craig, Vice President Technology & Innovation, DNV GL – Energy, notes that we must overcome the challenges that a potential increase in wind and solar energy brings.

USCG’s role on Offshore Renewable Energy Installations

According to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the US Coast Guard may serve as a Cooperating Agency to the Lead Agency responsible for issuing permits to build Offshore Renewable Energy Installations (OREI). These installations include wind turbines, wave power devices, and ocean current energy systems.

Belgian CMB and Japanese TFC to build hydrogen-powered ferry

Compagnie Maritime Belge (CMB), based in Antwerp, and Japanese shipbuilder Tsuneishi Facilities & Craft (TFC) announced their collaboration to construct a hydrogen-powered ferry. TFC will bring its state-of-the-are shipbuilding expertise, whereas CMB Technologies will bring their knowledge on marine hydrogen systems.

Ireland wants environmental surveys for floating wind turbine

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland informed that it has launched a tender, with which its seeks environmental surveying services to develop a floating offshore wind turbine at the Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site. Anyone interested must submit applications until 26 August by 12:00 local time. The duration of the contract is 27 months, with no options for renewal.

Japan designates offshore wind areas

Japan has designated eleven potential areas as suitable for the development of offshore wind farms. The areas have been identified jointly by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, and the Port Authority of Japan.

Northern Ireland not suitable to accommodate offshore wind farms

Northern Ireland’s coastline cannot be used for offshore wind farm development, because of potential objections to how they would look. The findings were presented in a Department of Economy report. The report said the ‘visual impact’ to potential sites located within 13km of the shore would be a ‘significant issue’.


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