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This week Jumbo announced the winner of the competition to name our new DP2 Heavy Lift Crane Vessel (HLCV) to be delivered in the first quarter of 2020. Last month we launched an internal naming competition so that all Jumbo employees from around the world could submit up to three vessel name entries. Having received over 250 entries, Michael Kahn with the competition committee made a top 3 list and then chose one overall winning name: Stella Synergy. Michael Kahn says: “Stella Synergy is a beautiful name that captures the many elements of the Jumbo spirit – It symbolises Jumbo 50 years ago when we started as pioneers in the heavy lift industry with our first ‘Stella’ vessel. It also symbolises the complementary relationship between today’s shipping and offshore divisions, as well as the cooperation of the two families, namely Borchard and Kahn. Most of all, Stella Synergy symbolises what we strive to achieve when we work together with our clients and as a team.‘’ The winning name was entered by Mr. Jiovanni Pardillo who has worked with Jumbo as an AB crew member since 2006.  Michael Kahn telephoned Jiovanni in the Philippines to wish him congratulations personally and to inform him that he

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Scope includes port logistics services for 88 wind turbines needed for windfarm Hohe See and Albatros / components will be transported by barges to Orange Blue Terminal / Buss Offshore Solutions supports as project manager Hamburg, 18th of April 2018. The Orange Blue Terminal, part of the Hamburg-based Buss Group, has signed a contract with GeoSea for port and logistics services, which are manufactured for the offshore wind farms Hohe See and Albatros. The windfarms will be located approximately 90 kilometers north of the North Sea island of Borkum. Hohe See and Albatros will together comprise 88 wind turbines. GeoSea is going to start with the transportation of the foundation components by barge from the plant in Rotterdam to the Orange Blue Terminal in Eemshaven, the Netherlands from mid-April. The monopiles and transition pieces will remain aboard the barge along the quayside of the Orange Blue Terminal until they are picked up by the installation vessel. The Orange Blue Terminal will use a landward crane for the unloading of the 88 anode cages, as well as for the subsequent loading of the installation vessel with the anode cages and grout containers. For this operation OBT will use crane equipment enabling a load out

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For an international project ELA Container Offshore GmbH received a rather exceptional order: We were asked to build a number of bespoke accommodation containers to travel across the globe. Normally speaking the containers which are built by ELA Container Offshore GmbH are intended for the offshore market, but in this case the containers will remain safely onshore and travel through eleven countries by train. After months of preparation, the units are ready to go and expected to start their journey at the end of May 2018. A total of seven containers with the dimensions of 40ft (12,192 mm x 2,438 mm x 2,896 mm) ISO high cube container were modified and newly CSC certified. Three of the units are living quarters accommodating a maximum of four persons. Each of these containers is divided into three areas: one area acts as a bedroom with two bunk beds, one is a living room with kitchenette and a further area is fitted with a small sanitary unit. All three areas are fitted with privacy doors and are interconnected by a central corridor. The other four 40ft ISO high cube containers are equipped as display rooms in which a variety of exhibitions are organized for

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- 35,073 Q CELLS modules produce sustainable energy for approx. 3,600 households in the Brandenburg region (Germany) - Solar power plant connected to grid after only 4 months construction time on 29th March [Bremen / Bitterfeld-Wolfen, 18th April 2018] Energiekontor AG and Hanwha Q CELLS GmbH, the German subsidiary of the world's largest manufacturer of solar cells, Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: HQCL), have put a solar power plant with a capacity of 10 MW into operation in Brandenburg. The ground-mounted system is comprised of 35,073 Q CELLS solar modules and will produce enough sustainable electricity to power around 3,000 homes. The system will produce approximately 10 million kilowatt-hours of clean electricity per year, saving almost 5,500 tons of CO2. Bremen-based Energiekontor AG completed the project in 4 months. Internationally leading photovoltaic supplier Hanwha Q CELLS, whose Technology & Quality headquarters is located in Bitterfeld-Wolfen, supplied Q.PLUS BFR-G4.1 285 Wp high-quality solar modules for the project. Piotr Jankowski, Project Coordinator for Energiekontor AG said: "The solar park is a great example that photovoltaic systems pay off in Germany. The crucial factors for the highest possible profitability are professional planning, smooth construction and especially the performance and quality of the solar modules used. The

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• The company will supply 25 SWT-2.625-120 and 5 SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines for a 77 MW wind farm that will be part of MidAmerican Energy’s Wind XI Project, with the option to add up to 5 additional SWT-2.625-120 wind turbines for a total capacity of 90 MW • The blades and nacelles and hubs will come from the Iowa and Kansas, USA facilities, respectively Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has been selected by MidAmerican Energy Company to supply turbines for an upcoming wind farm. The company will supply 25 SWT-2.625-120 and 5 SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines, totalling 77 MW, with the option to add up to 5 additional SWT-2.625-120 wind turbines for a total capacity of 90 MW. The project is targeting commercial operation by December 2018. The blades will be manufactured at the Siemens Gamesa’s Fort Madison, Iowa facility, and the nacelles and hubs will be assembled at the Hutchinson, Kansas facility. The scope of this project also includes a 5-year service and maintenance agreement. Since 2008, Siemens Gamesa and MidAmerican Energy have partnered for over 2.6 GW of installed wind power capacity in the United States. “We are excited to continue our long-standing partnership with MidAmerican Energy while contributing to the green energy economy,

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Match-funding sought from industry to extend schools outreach programme The National Marine Aquarium (NMA) in Plymouth is to receive a substantial legacy from its late chairman. David Pridden, who sadly died in November last year, has bequeathed a major sum to support the organisation’s educational work, with the only stipulation being that funds must be matched from industry, organisations or individuals. With a long and illustrious career in the energy industry, Mr Pridden became the inaugural chief executive of Subsea UK – the industry body for the country’s subsea sector – and was latterly chairman of Seanamic Group and a member of the Simmons Private Equity Investment Committee. Over the years, he held a variety of senior positions in both large and small subsea oil & gas and marine renewable companies, including launching and successfully growing his own business. Mr Pridden was passionate about attracting young people into the subsea engineering industry and to providing education on the marine environment. In his position with the NMA, his appreciation for promoting “pro-ocean behaviour” grew and he was relentless in helping the organisation increase discovery and learning opportunities for future generations. For every £25,000 raised, the NMA can draw down funds against Mr Pridden’s bequest to spend

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Flintstone Technology Ltd is diversifying its market-leading mooring operations to help drive down costs for the offshore floating wind industry. Flintstone has developed a set of mooring system solutions to match specific project requirements in oil and gas and marine renewable energy. With decades of experience in the oil and gas industry, this knowledge combined with the mooring solutions, is transferable and provides substantial benefits to offshore floating wind in lowering costs and increasing reliability. According to Scottish Enterprise, Europe is forecast to build around 25GW of offshore wind capacity by the end of the decade, worth an estimated £60 billion in capital and operational expenditure over the next five years. Andrew Clayson, managing director of Flintstone, will be presenting on the ‘development and implementation of a subsea tensioned mooring system’ on the opening day of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines (FOWT 2018), which takes place in Marseille, France, from April 25-27. Mr Clayson said: “There are many similarities between the offshore floating wind and oil and gas supply chains. Our technology, although originally designed for offshore floating production, is suitable for any permanently, moored floating system. We believe we can make a real impact in the OFW sector to increase efficiency and drive down costs.” In

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Rivertrace, an ISO9001 Quality-Assured Company and market leader with over 30 years’ experience of water monitoring, launched its innovative SMART ESM monitor at the Sulphur Cap 2020 Conference, Awards and Exhibition being held 17-18 April in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. With the pending sulphur cap regulations in sight, a popular solution for shipowners to ensure compliance is to install an exhaust gas cleaning system (EGCS), also known as scrubbers. Wet scrubber systems use wash water to remove the pollutants from the exhaust gas, and the wash water being discharged must be monitored at all times to ensure it is within the limits set by the regulating body. The Smart ESM developed by Rivertrace, is a wash water monitor that is suitable for both the inlet and outlet of a wet exhaust gas cleaning system, measuring and recording PAH, Turbidity, Temperature and pH, on open-loop, closed-loop and hybrid scrubber systems. The Smart ESM is fully compliant with MEPC 259(68) and provides reliable information to ensure compliance with the worldwide SOx limits. The Smart ESM has a large 10” touch screen display which provides a flexible user interface and data is relayed to the ship’s main control system via an Ethernet connection and 4-20 mA analogue

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Oil Plus Ltd, a specialist global oil and gas consultancy has secured contracts worth more than $1.5m over the past three months and has significantly expanded its footprint in the Middle East. The company has also reported a strong start to the year with sales up by 285% compared to the last quarter of 2017. Due to the surge of new business, the Newbury-based company, which employs in excess of 30 people, plans to recruit another eight over the next 12 months. The contracts will see Oil Plus deliver reservoir souring modelling, production chemistry and iron sulfide studies for several international oil companies in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Brazil, Thailand and Europe. Oil Plus has gone from strength to strength under its new ownership and management team having achieved significant growth since it was acquired by Mark Cavanagh last year. Since 1978, Oil Plus has worked with more than 250 upstream oil and gas companies in key disciplines of production chemistry, microbiology, specialised reservoir souring and process engineering. Clarke Shepherd, global business development director at Oil Plus, commented: “The market has been looking strong during the first four months of 2018 and although trading is still tough, we are extremely confident about the year ahead. “We have

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New management solution based on the Kognifai digital platform and ecosystem will be available for more than 400 European wind energy assets. Independent wind asset operations management specialist OutSmart BV has selected Kongsberg Digital to provide an integrated management system on the innovative Kognifai digital platform. The sophisticated digital solution will be used to manage OutSmart’s extensive onshore and offshore wind turbine portfolio. Outsmart provides services to wind farm owners, fund managers, and wind project companies to maximize the revenues of their wind assets. Part of Deutsche Windtechnik Offshore and Consulting GmbH, OutSmart currently operates more than 400 onshore and offshore wind and solar assets (1.8 GW in total) in Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK. OutSmart has partnered with Kongsberg Digital to establish a state-of-the-art fully integrated management system for onshore and offshore wind assets. By combining OutSmart’s vast experience as an independent service provider in the European wind industry and the expertise and technology of Kongsberg Digital, the parties have established a set of applications on Kognifai that will represent a breakthrough in the way fleets of windfarms are operated. With a common digital platform providing data storage and data security for the asset owner, the new applications will rationalize the operations

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