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Irish migrant fisher workers’ scheme overrides human rights

Four United Nations human rights officials have strongly criticised the British Government’s scheme governing protection and labour rights for migrant fishermen from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). The letter focuses on modern forms of racism, slavery and on trafficking in persons.

Avalon partners aim offshore exploration well location

Partners in the Total-operated Frontier Exploration Licence (FEL) 2/19, that contains the Avalon prospect offshore Ireland, have licensed multi-client 3D seismic data in an effort to look for possible exploration well locations. 

World’s biggest wind farm produces power

The turbine F18 is the first of the 174 Siemens Gamesa 7MW units to be installed at the site some 120 kilometres offshore Yorkshire, UK, and the first to start producing power. The electricity that will be generated by the turbines will pass through one of the wind farm’s three offshore substations, before being transmitted by three high voltage subsea export cables, via a reactive compensation substation (RCS), to shore.

UK gov denies Cuadrilla’s second shale gas well permit

Lancashire-headquartered Cuadrilla was denied permit to run drilling and fracturing operations at its second shale gas well in Lancashire. Despite the denial, the company stated that although disappointed from the decision, they will examine the details in full before reaching a position.

UK achieves a record amount of electricity by wind energy

RenewableUK is highlighting a new record amount of electricity generated by wind. Specifically, wind energy in Great Britain reached 15.32GW on February 8. It provided the 36% of Britain’s electricity demand between 12:15 and 1:45 p.m. local time beating the previous record of 15.04GW set on 18 December 2018.

Large Yacht Code: Retrospective requirements for existing yachts

The Maritime Authority of Cayman Islands issued a guidance note reminding of the Red Ensign Group Large Yacht Code requirements (up to 12 passengers) which will be applied retrospectively to existing yachts at the first annual survey after 1st January 2019. 

BDO, Moore Stephens merge, boosting their shipping presence

BDO has completed its merger with Moore Stephens LLP, creating the largest UK accountancy and business advisory firm focused on mid-sized, entrepreneurially-spirited businesses. As the company reported, the merged firm will operate under the BDO brand and as part of BDO’s international network, which has 80,000 people and revenues of $9 billion across 162 countries.

Scotland aims to new tidal projects

The Scottish Government relaunched the ‘Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge Fund’ aiming to help commercial deployment of tidal projects. The £10 million fundgoals to enhance and boost the commercial deployment of tidal energy in Scottish waters through driving innovation and reduction in the cost of electricity generated. The Saltire Prize challenge was firstly launched in 2008 to reward wave and tidal energy breakthroughs.

Maritime Connectivity Platform launched

The Maritime Connectivity Platform Consortium (MCPC) was established with a signature ceremony during the conference ‘e-navigation underway international 2019’. The MCP is an open source, vendor-neutral digital maritime domain to bring common internet standards to maritime navigation and transportation systems. The MCP enables infrastructures for efficient, secure, reliable and seamless electronic information exchange among maritime stakeholders using available communication systems. 

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