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International executives show support for German offshore wind

July 27, 2013 News No Comments

Wind Energy Update SmallInternational utilities, developers, ECP contractors and manufacturers involved in the development of offshore wind parks will meet in Hamburg later this year to discuss how to improve existing strategies and utilise the latest technology to bring down costs in their next projects, despite uncertainty in the market.

Germany has put forward plans to scale back support for Offshore Wind which includes a reduction to the current feed-in tariff [FIT]. Under the current regulations, the FIT will allow 19 cents/kWh to be grant for the first eight years of operation of an offshore wind farm which is fully grid connected by 2017 according to the Stiftung OFFSHORE-WINDENERGIE.

The FIT subsidies are essential to ensure investment required for the development of offshore wind parks. Due to the increase in size of the parks and their distance from land, cost have escalated to a point where offshore utilities and developers are no longer able to develop the projects from their balance sheets alone and as such have to seek outside investment for their projects.

Initial proposals to introduce retroactive cuts to the FIT for operating projects have been rejected by Chancellor Angela Merkel, but talks continue about reducing the FIT for future projects. … Continue Reading

Greater Loading flexibility for Reederei Claus-Peter Offen with GL’s new RSCS Notation

July 26, 2013 News No Comments

GL_GROUP_SMALLReederei Claus-Peter Offen has implemented Germanischer Lloyd’s (GL) Route Specific Container Stowage (RSCS) notation on the first of its vessels. This begins a roll out of the system which will initially cover a dozen ships of its fleet. The newly introduced class notation, the first of its kind, allows operators to load more containers on deck, accelerate cargo operations in ports and maintain a higher degree of loading flexibility, while at the same time maintaining required safety levels.

Daniel Abt, GL Cargo Stowage & Securing Expert, and Klaus Müller, GL Surveyor, presented a class certificate with the new notation added to Werner Teichmann, Head of Reederei Claus-Peter Offen’s Nautical Department onboard the MV Maersk Surabaya in Hamburg.

GL developed the new class notation for route dependent container stowage, based on long-term statistical data on wave conditions. This notation allows for route dependent container stowage schemes that take into account the variance in sea conditions on particular sea lanes. It is built around the realistic determination of route specific loads on the deck containers and their lashing systems and will enable container lines to carry more cargo, while accelerating cargo operations in ports and maintaining a higher degree of loading flexibility. … Continue Reading

Seminar helps to strengthen maritime security in west and central Africa

July 26, 2013 News No Comments
IMO SmallMore than 60 participants from the 20 coastal Member States  of the Port Management Association of West and Central Africa (PMAWCA)  joined international experts for a seminar on maritime and port security, held in Cotonou, Benin, from 22 to 25 July, organized by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), in conjunction with PMAWCA.
Experts from France, the United States Coast Guard, the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the international police organization, Interpol, shared their knowledge and respective areas of expertise on a range of issues, including the practical implementation of security measure in ports, the facilitation of maritime traffic, the suppression of piracy and armed robbery against ships, dealing with illicit maritime trafficking and countering transnational organised crime.
IMO welcomed the opportunity to collaborate closely with PMAWCA as part of IMO’s continuing technical co-operation programme in the region. … Continue Reading

Wärtsilä receives ‘Excellent Partner 2013’ award from Samsung Heavy Industries

July 26, 2013 News No Comments

wartsila_smallSamsung Heavy Industries (SHI) of Korea, one of the world’s leading shipbuilding companies, has recognised Wärtsilä’s contribution as a provider of high quality solutions and support by giving Wärtsilä its ‘Excellent Partner 2013’ award. A number of different suppliers to SHI were considered for the award, which is given in recognition of excellent performance in delivering high quality products and solutions on time, with complementary world class engineering, documentation, project management and commissioning services, as well as for providing support throughout the projects.

In deciding the winner of this award, the purchasing team at SHI took into consideration companies that had supplied or co-operated with SHI during the period ranging from the beginning of July 2012 to the end of March 2013. During this time frame, Wärtsilä had worked closely with SHI on various projects, including the supply of equipment for a Floating Storage Unit and several drillship projects. The award recognized Wärtsilä’s assistance, support and level of response during these projects, the positive feedback from different SHI departments, in particular the Quality Department, and the excellent business attitude shown by Wärtsilä in its dealings with the company.

At the award ceremony, Mr J.H. Lee, General Manager, Mr W.Y. Park, Senior Manager, and Mr H.S. Min, Manager at SHI Purchasing complimented Wärtsilä and its employees on the level of service it is capable of providing, and congratulated the company and its employees for its achievements that led to this award. … Continue Reading

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