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Chinese jack-up launches its first wind turbine installation

Huadian Wenqiang, the Chinese self-elevating jack-up vessel, has installed its first turbine at an offshore wind project. According to Hengtong Group, the ship installed the turbine at the project site offshore Zhanjiang in the Guangdong Province on Tuesday, 9 April.

Ocean energy requires EU support, report says

The report ‘Powering Homes Today, Powering Nations Tomorrow’, was launched by ETIP Ocean and analyses the challenges faced by the sector on the route to industrial roll-out and proposes four actions to overcome them. The ocean energy industry forecasts that 100GW of wave and tidal energy capacity can be deployed in Europe by 2050, meeting 10% of Europe’s current electricity needs.

US and the Netherlands sign offshore wind agreement

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on offshore wind development. Dutch Consul General Dolph Hogewoning and BOEM Acting Director Walter Cruikshank signed the agreement on 8 April at the Consulate General of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in New York. 

Rhode Island funds ‘Ready 4 Offshore Wind’ project

The project called ‘Ready 4 Offshore Wind’, which is led by the US Business Network for Offshore wind, was selected to receive a part of a USD 1.6 million funding from the Rhode Island government. The project will create many job opportunities for local businesses, as it will be able to enter the offshore wind industry through training and business services.

Maryland lawmakers introduce bill for offshore wind boost

US legislators from the state of Maryland have introduced a bill that would allow at least 1,200MW of additional offshore wind capacity to be built by 2030. If passed, the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2019 (S.B. 516) would require 50% of energy supply to come from renewable energy sources by 2030.

Manitou Group to transport machines on NEOLINE sailing vessels

As part of its CSR approach and in a bid to reduce its environmental impact, the Manitou group, a form specializing in rough-terrain handling, confirmed its support for the NEOLINE maritime project to transport its machines to the American market.

UK and Taiwan sign MoU on offshore wind industry

The British Office and Taiwan International Ports Corporation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on joint co-operation of Taiwan’s offshore wind development. Under this cooperation, both countries will exchange information in the areas of policy, strategy, technology, operations and maintenance.

IWSA receives GREEN4SEA Initiative Award

SAFETY4SEA is pleased to announce that International Windship Association (IWSA) has received the 2019 GREEN4SEA Initiative Award, sponsored by Capital Ship Management, at a prestigious award ceremony which successfully concluded on March, 12th at Yacht Club of Greece in Athens, the evening ahead of the 2019 GREEN4SEA Conference.

Joint Industry Project to tackle wind turbine blade erosion

DNV GL launched a Joint Industry Project with ten commercial partners to develop a Comprehensive methodology for Blade Rain erosion Analysis (COBRA). The project aspires to get an insight into the damage caused to leading edge wind turbine blades from the high-speed impacts of foreign objects, such as raindrops, and identify how best to develop protection systems.

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