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Maritime transport company Meriaura Ltd. has signed a long-term contract with Aalto Shipping Company Ltd of time chartering dry cargo vessel ’Airisto’. M/V Airisto’s capacity is 8700 tonnes and 12700 cubic meters. She is significantly larger than the vessels operated by Meriaura until now. Because of her large cubic capacity, the ship is suitable especially for large volume bulk cargoes, such as various biofuels, wood and sawn timber. The ship has two separate cargo holds and partial tween decks that allow transporting of part cargoes and project cargoes. "With this vessel type we respond to customer needs and to changing material flows in the Baltic Sea. Carrying products of bio and circular economy has always been part of the core business of our company. Now we are able to carry larger cargo quantities,” says Beppe Rosin, Vice Managing Director of Meriaura Ltd. The long-term time charter arrangement complies with the strategy of Meriaura Group. The strategy is based on a mix of owned tonnage and long-term time charter contracts. “Expanding our fleet is a clear target. We are continuously looking for potential candidates for purchase or time charter, also the in size of M/V Airisto”, comments Beppe Rosin. MV Airisto will be delivered

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Aberdeen, September 13th, 2018: This year the UK-office of Deep Sea Mooring (DSM) - a Vryhof company - has considerably strengthened its presence in the offshore energy hub Aberdeen, Scotland, with the opening of a strategically extremely convenient deep water quayside facility. This follows the opening of the UK office in April 2017. The Port of Aberdeen is an economic driver for the whole region. As a global leader in providing secure, innovative and high quality mooring solutions to mainly E&P (exploration and production) companies and drilling operators, DSM’s aim is to become a strong local partner for its international clients in that area, by delivering excellence in the broadest sense of the word. The office is headed by UK Managing Director Mo Tafazzoly and was established more than a year ago in response to growing demand for DSM’s services and solutions, across the North Sea. “We started our search for a suitable base in the middle of last year and are very pleased to have found this unique facility with indoor and outdoor storage areas,” said Mo Tafazzoly. “There is minimal impact in terms of tidal dependency. As a consequence, an offshore support vessel such as an AHV does not have

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Berlin/Varel, 13 September 2018. The Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) has announced that in future it will no longer be necessary to periodically renew the yellow full-surface paint covering the substructures of offshore wind turbines. The agency considers the requirements for the initial coating to be sufficient to comply with international recommendations and standards. The markings are intended to increase maritime safety. Generally, all offshore installations had until now been required to undergo inspections for damage to the paint coat and compliance with colorimetric requirements in accordance with the specifications of the Directorate-General for Waterways and Shipping (GDWS). Non-compliance with these specifications would result in mandatory repainting of the substructures concerned. In the BMWi funded project "Implementation initiative of cost reduction potentials in offshore wind energy (UKOW)", German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation – in cooperation with industrial partners – investigated expected costs, prepared risk analyses and conducted comparative international studies. The anticipated costs for required repainting of existing offshore wind turbines in Germany were estimated at up to 400 million euros. In addition, the foundation had the benefits of the yellow paint cover for marine traffic investigated by a DNV GL study. This study demonstrated that marking the foundations with yellow

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Today is the kick-off for what is becoming the largest solar park in Sweden. The plant is located near Säve airport and is part of a major investment in solar energy, made by the Swedish utility Göteborg Energi. The solar park in Säve, outside Gothenburg, will be the largest so far in Sweden covering 11-hectares, a little less than 16 football fields, with a capacity of 5.5 MW. It is expected to generate approximately 5,000 kWh of electricity a year, enough to satisfy the yearly electricity needs of 1,100 households. "With our investment we increase the production of renewable electricity and take another step towards a renewable energy system. We have always had great experience and relations with ABB and so it felt quite natural to include them in this journey,” says Alf Engqvist, Managing Director at Göteborg Energi. ABB is delivering a substation with switchgear, distribution transformers and relays, together with control equipment and inverters. Innovative solutions for solar power applications connected to the ABB AbilityTM platform, which enables smart monitoring, troubleshooting and control.   “It is great to be part of Sweden's largest solar energy investment, together with Göteborg Energi. The changeover to renewable energy sources in the electricity grid

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ZF is a leading pioneer in cost-efficient wind turbines. The reduction of Levelized Cost of Energy (LCoE) is their principal aim. The SHIFT platform concept means it’s now possible to optimize gearboxes for specific-site loads. PES wanted to know more. LCoE of wind energy happens with big evolutions in wind technology. Big is important. There are a couple of ways to produce more power from the wind in a given area. The first is with larger rotors and blades to cover a wider area. That increases the capacity of the turbine, i.e., its total potential production. The second is to situate the blades higher, where the wind blows more steadily. That increases the turbine’s ‘capacity factor,’ i.e., the amount of power it actually produces relative to its total potential. The more variable a source is, the more backup is needed to firm it up and make it reliable. By making wind less variable and more reliable, higher capacity factors reduce backup costs. With increasing capacity factors wind can spread its energy out over a longer period, easing wholesale price pressure during low demand. By extending its hours of operation, a high-capacity-factor turbine is more likely to be producing during demand peaks, when power is

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250,000 items, and now over 300 delivery partners – in the last two years the Hamburg-based wind energy products distributor WINDSOURCING.COM keeps on growing. These are exciting times for this go ahead company. This spring, for example, the Finnish abrasives manufacturer Mirka and Kömmerling Chemische Fabrik GmbH joined as partners. Managing Director Stefan Weber explains the success of the company is due to the continuously growing product portfolio and simultaneously its proximity to customers, suppliers, manufacturers and products. Once again in September WINDSOURCING.COM will be at the leading trade fair, WindEnergy 2018, in Hamburg with a selection of its products and services. ‘We are not an anonymous internet platform,’ Stefan Weber explains the company’s success: ‘Our customers can contact us by phone or in person in several languages. Our products and services come with concrete faces and names that they can trust. The personal accessibility and relationship are very important, both for our customers and for us as a company.’ This is one of the reasons why participation in trade fairs, such as the WindEnergy in Hamburg, where the distributor has had its own booth since the first show in 2014, are important for the team: ‘People also want to touch products, and may have

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Don’t miss the Global Wind Summit, which starts in Hamburg on 25 September; it is the biggest and most important meeting of the wind industry worldwide. It combines the world’s leading wind industry expo WindEnergy Hamburg with the global conference of WindEurope to create a high-powered, unique platform for business, networking and information for the onshore and offshore wind industry. These two top events, the expo and the conference, will be held side by side from 25 to 28 September 2018 at the Hamburg Messe site. Here is the unmissable PES preview. Exhibitors, visitors and conference participants are expected from some 100 countries. The 9 exhibition halls of the leading wind industry expo WindEnergy Hamburg are already almost fully booked, which means 1,400 exhibitors and some 35,000 trade visitors will be there in September. The WindEurope Conference, to be held inside the exhibition, features more than 250 speakers, providing a first-class programme on the issues facing the global wind industry. ‘The expo and the conference complement one another to provide a combination unmatched anywhere in the world,’ says Bernd Aufderheide, President and CEO Hamburg Messe und Congress. ‘Hamburg brings together all of the main decision-makers from both business and government,’ says Giles

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PES caught up with Carsten Kofoed, Managing Director & Hans Christian Hansen, Director of Operations at Vento Maritime, to find out more about this young company, with years of experience behind it. By following the weather and planning ahead it’s possible to make substantial savings in time and fuel and thus decrease costs. Offshore operators need to have an eye on the weather forecasts. PES: Welcome to you both to PES Wind magazine. Thanks for talking with us. Would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background and experience of Vento Maritime and the importance of the wind industry to you? Carsten Kofoed & Hans Christian Hansen: Vento Maritime is a Danish weather service company, which we founded in Copenhagen in January 2017. Together we have more than 20 years of experience in the maritime business, within meteorology, oceanography and operational MetOcean services. We are dedicated to helping maritime customers save time while, improving safety at sea. We are only into maritime weather. Our marine forecasters are dedicated meteorologists and are all WMO-certified, with years of experience in understanding the needs of maritime customers. The team is passionate about excellent customer service and the art of communicating meteorological and oceanographic

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Danny Ellis, CEO and co-founder of SkySpecs, dropped in to PES to give us the latest on the different maintenance strategies and why he thinks his company has the best proposition. PES: Welcome back to PES Wind magazine. It’s great to talk with you again. For the benefit of our new readers would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background of SkySpecs and the importance of the wind industry to you? Danny Ellis: SkySpecs is focused on wind turbine blade diagnostics and maintenance, providing robotic technology that completely automates the visual inspection, analysis, and prescription maintenance of blades with drones. Our inspections take 15 minutes or less per wind turbine, and we inspect all four sides of all three blades in a single flight without any manipulation of the wind turbine. We do not require any prior information about the wind turbine because the drone is programmed to identify and learn about the turbine when it takes off. This streamlined approach allows us to conduct around 25 turbine inspections, with a single drone, in one day. SkySpecs recently introduced Horizon – an analytics, reporting, and management software platform for the wind energy industry. Horizon allows customers to review, prioritize and

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When it comes to occupational safety, emergency rescue plans are a critical factor that should not be overlooked. Every company is obliged to create these as part of a risk assessment — including the wind energy industry, which employs tens of thousands of people. For example, if an accident occurs during maintenance or servicing of a wind turbine, basic rescue concepts may not be sufficient. In such cases, personnel with specialist training in rescuing accident victims may be required — individuals who have completed advanced rescue training of the kind that manufacturers of fall protection equipment, such as SKYLOTEC provide. The German company develops and manufactures complete solutions ranging from harnesses to descend devices and rescue stretchers, and also offers a comprehensive training programme worldwide. Maintenance technicians in the wind energy industry typically work several hundred metres above the ground — and must therefore protect themselves against the dangers of a fall from height. They are required to wear fall protection equipment by law, and for good reason. However, occupational safety is not solely the responsibility of the employees themselves — their companies must also fulfil certain obligations, for example by formulating a carefully planned response in the event of an

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