UK

UK’s first offshore wind farm decommissioned

UK-based energy firm E. ON announced the decommissioning of its Blyth wind farm, the first offshore wind farm in UK and the world’s first offshore wind farm to use float and submerge technology. Blyth was commissioned in December 2000 as a pilot project.

Potential for future growth in UK North Sea after Chrysaor-ConocoPhillips deal

Providing its comment after Chrysaor agreed to buy ConocoPhillips’ North Sea assets in a US$2.7 billion deal, Romana Adamcikova, Wood Mackenzie senior analyst, North Sea upstream, said that Chrysaor will now become the top producer in the UK in 2019 and will be among UK’s largest producers for the next few years.

BPA calls for transport funding

The British Ports Association is in favour of focusing on freight transport, a recommendation by the National Infrastructure Commission. Yet, it proposes that more investments in network capabilities and port connectivity is key to establishing better efficiencies. The quality of the transport network is critical for efficient freight movement and business growth.

ABP prepares for busy cruise season at Port of Cardiff

ABP South Wales is preparing for a busy 2019 cruise season at the Port of Cardiff, following a popular programme of passenger vessel calls in 2018. The passenger ship ‘Marco Polo’, owned and operated by Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV), will kick off the season on 22 April.

Gender pay gap continues to be an issue

HR Consulting from Spinnaker Global gathered a group of maritime HR professionals to discuss the challenges and opportunities on gender diversity within this unique industry. Using their 2018 Maritime HR Association salary survey data, HR Consulting provided an overview of the gender pay gap within UK shore-based maritime.

Norwegian NOx Fund proposes GHG-reduction deal to the UK

The Norwegian NOx Fund offers the UK and the International Maritime Organization a model that could be adapted to deliver GHG emission reductions in shipping. Since the 2008 creation of the NOx Fund, Norwegian nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions have decreased by 44,000 tonnes.

UK Customs ‘not ready for Brexit’

The UK customs system is not ready for Brexit and it could be three more years before it is, as Peter MacSwiney, chair of the Brexit committee at the Joint Customs Consultative Committee stated (JCCC). He highlighted the fact that preparations for Brexti are being slow. 

Twelve arrested for smuggling cocaine on cruise ship

UK police has arrested a total of twelve people in Madeira on 24 March, as part of an investigation into drug smuggling on a cruise ship. The twelve individuals were detained after the cruise ship MSC Opera arrived into Funchal from the Caribbean.

UK invests £75m in autonomous naval technologies

The UK Defence Secretary has announced a £75million ($98 million) funds injection for robots and autonomous mine-hunter vessels for the Royal Navy. The fund is planned to be spent on two new autonomous mine-hunter vessels with sonars, to enable remote mine-hunting at higher range, speed and accuracy as well as NavyX, a new joint military and industry hi-tech accelerator.

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