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Tom Ison lands the 2018 Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA) Karsten Moholt award In recognition of his outstanding contribution to a number of projects, Tom Ison, Electrical Engineer at Sulzer, has been awarded the 2018 EASA Karsten Moholt Exceptional Achievement Award. The young engineer’s technical expertise and professionalism has impressed many colleagues and customers alike and their recommendations caught the eye of the judges. The annual award is made in memory of Karsten Moholt and Karsten Aleksander Moholt who are past Presidents and Regional Director of EASA European & World Chapter. It recognizes talented young engineers that have excelled in their role and made considerable contributions to their business. Chris Powles, Head of Electro Mechanical Services - EMEA, commented: “Since joining Sulzer in January 2017, Tom has been successfully involved in many technical projects. His professional attitude and technical expertise have certainly had a very positive impact. Several of our customers who have been supported by Tom, have offered glowing recommendations, which doubtless contributed to the award being made to this talented engineer.” In his short time at Sulzer to date, Tom has taken on several roles: project manager, technical lead and design engineer. Often combining his skills, Tom had a pivotal role in

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The COX ElectraFlow Dual Ultra has been specifically designed for the professional and specialist trade users across all industry sectors who demand a reliable and high-performance 2-component dispensing tool. The fully integrated application system features first-in-class cordless technology powered by the latest 18V lithium-ion batteries and chargers. ElectraFlow Dual Ultra utilizes CoolPack battery technology from Bosch Professional batteries; heat dissipating housings improve product safety by preventing possible overheating, prolonging battery life and extending runtime. A tool for quick and easy configuration and high flexibility With its ergonomic design, the ElectraFlow Dual Ultra provides the user with a perfectly balanced tool, while the interchangeable cartridge-holding straps and plungers allow for quick and easy configuration. The electronics and software technology give users precise control over the output speed of the dispenser. Combined with intelligent force management, it ensures that users have complete control over any dispensing operation. The ElectraFlow Dual Ultra is a significant extension to the COX range of dispensers. It offers compatibility with the MIXPAC™ application system, which includes various 2-component, side-by-side cartridges and mixers for many of these applications. Customers benefit from its systems approach which significantly reduces issues with dispenser-cartridge-mixer compatibility. “The twin rack drive technology is a unique addition to the

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Last week, Huisman, the worldwide provider of step changing technical solutions, was awarded a contract by Jan De Nul Group for the delivery of the most advanced monopile gripper to date. The monopile gripper, which has a modular, tailor made design to allow use on a wide range of projects, will be used by Jan De Nul Group for the installation of monopiles for offshore wind farms, such as Northwester 2. The delivery is planned for Q2 2019 after which installation will take place on wind turbine installation vessel ‘Vole au vent’. The Huisman gripper is unique in its capacity as well as versatility to accommodate usage in existing projects and future projects of which the specifications are yet to be determined. This flexibility makes the gripper a unique piece of mission equipment that allows Jan De Nul Group to efficiently plan the construction of future offshore wind turbine projects. Pim Overes, COO at Huisman says: “We are extremely pleased with this contract award by Jan De Nul Group: building on our successful track record of delivering high quality lifting appliances for the installation of offshore wind turbines, we introduced a range of innovative and versatile installation tools for the offshore wind

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US offshore wind needs certainty that the supply chain can deliver the quality and quantity of vessels needed to sustain development, says naval architect Washington DC, October 15 2018 – Major domestic and international firms involved in the development of the first US offshore wind farms need confidence in the availability of proven vessel concepts, as they continue to explore opportunities and justify investment decisions in the growing sector. Further collaboration between firms in the supply chain will be essential in ensuring that lessons learnt in design from the mature markets are effectively transposed, and that offshore wind developers and equipment manufacturers have no doubt in the ability of US shipyards and operators to deliver the standard, and volume, of vessel support they need to bring projects to fruition. That is, at least, according to Chartwell Marine, a pioneer in next generation vessel design that has been highly influential in the development of the first Crew Transfer Vessels (CTVs) for the US market. The firm has recently launched the Chartwell 24, a new CTV design that responds to the specific demands of offshore wind manufacturers, developers and operators. Despite the need to create confidence with familiar designs, there is still room for innovation, and

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VG-Shipping Ltd. (part of Meriaura Group) is growing its fleet by acquiring two 4100 DWT dry cargo vessels. The 1997 and 1998 built vessels are sisters of M/S Martta VG, a vessel that already belongs to the VG-Shipping fleet. The ships are 89.8 meters long, 13.6 meters wide, low-consumption, 1A ice classed ships, suitable for shipments in the Baltic Sea and North Sea. Both vessels fly their existing flag, Cyprus. The acquisition is part of the strategy of Meriaura Group, which is based on self-owned tonnage completed by long-term time charter agreements. "Increasing our tonnage is a clear goal. We are constantly looking for new vessels for purchase and time chartering", says Mr Beppe Rosin, Vice Managing Director and responsible for Meriaura's charter operations. "We want to serve our clientele in the size of 3000 and 4000 tonners, as well as our new size class, 8,000 dwt tons. The acquired vessels strengthen our market position in the smaller size class." After the acquisition, VG-Shipping owns 8 cargo ships with a total load capacity of 39.000 dwt tonnes. The whole Meriaura fleet, including the time-chartered vessels, consists of 20 vessels with a total cargo capacity of 81.000 dwt. The first vessel, named M/S

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Semco Maritime has been awarded a 5-year service contract for the Deutsche Bucht offshore wind farm, owned by Northland Power. Alongside, Semco Maritime doubles staffing at offshore centre in Norddeich due to increasing activity. Northland Deutsche Bucht has awarded Danish-based Semco Maritime – a world-leading supplier of EPCI solutions and service to the offshore industry – a 5-year service contract for the Deutsche Bucht offshore wind farm in the German part of the North Sea. Deutsche Bucht is Northland Power’s third offshore wind farm. Semco Maritime is responsible for servicing the wind farm’s offshore substation (OSS). Nordsee One (the second offshore wind farm for Northland Power) and Semco Maritime have an existing service contract, to which Semco Maritime also constructed the OSS. The service contract strengthens Semco Maritime’s presence on the German offshore wind market, and in Norddeich, Germany, where Semco established a smaller site office in 2016. Here, the permanent staff of offshore specialists will now increase to 8-10 employees and be supplemented with project recruitments as needed.

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EAGLE-ACCESS BV (EA) has developed the EAGLE-ACCESS System for the offshore transfer of personnel and cargo. The first prototype is being readied for production. Sea trials when the prototype will be put into use are planned for September 2019. The transfer of personnel and cargo to wind turbines and platforms at sea is very costly and often has limitations caused by inclement weather conditions. The EAGLE-ACCESS system offers the solution for this. Based on the demand for cost reduction in the offshore market, EA has developed a system with a number of advantages over currently available offshore access systems. Unlike the current generation of access systems, the EAGLE-ACCESS system is 100% electrically powered, making large hydraulic power packs and generators unnecessary. The construction costs of the system are therefore lower and operating costs are also significantly reduced. The installation on the deck of the maintenance vessels is also much smaller, resulting in the minimum limitation of deck use. This makes it possible to use smaller Platform Supply Vessels. Other advantages are the large range of the system, from sea level to 25 metres in height, and its low weight of 17 tonnes.

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Tanking up on solar power for clean mobility (Wels, 12/10/2018) Solar technology pioneer Fronius Solar Energy is driving forward the efficient integration of the electricity, heat and mobility sectors: the company is opening the first in-house green hydrogen refuelling station in Thalheim bei Wels in Austria. The system uses solar energy to produce clean hydrogen, which can be used to power vehicles with fuel cells. For Fronius, the project represents another step towards the company’s vision of “24 hours of sun”. Hydrogen has an important role to play in sector integration, that is to say the efficient use of renewable energy for electricity, heat and mobility. For this reason, Fronius is working on solutions for the production of green hydrogen, generated using excess solar energy from photovoltaic systems. With the SOLH2UB refuelling station in Thalheim bei Wels, the company is now demonstrating just how well this approach works.  The trial run of the pilot system has been in operation at the Fronius development site since May. It produces hydrogen largely from excess solar energy using electrolysis – this hydrogen can then be used by on-site fuel cell vehicles or it can be stored for reconversion into electricity and heat. The components required, such

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Together with 14 project partners, Fraunhofer IWES, in the role of coordinator, launched the BladeFactory project at the beginning of October. The research project, which has been funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economics Affairs and Energy (BMWi) to the tune of € 7 million, is set to last 3.5 years. During this period, IWES researchers will develop and test production methods with the aim of reducing the production time for rotor blades. To this end, the team is working to parallelize production steps. In addition, a 3D laser measurement system, which is suitable for assuring the quality of blade production, will be tested for the first time. Development work will be performed at IWES’ own demonstration center for industrialized rotor blade production in Bremerhaven, Germany. This site was established within the framework of the preceding BladeMaker project. Using the technology presently available, it takes around 24 hours to produce a rotor blade blank. The process is protracted since almost all production steps must be performed one after the other in the main mold tool. “To shorten the production time, we want to perform various processes simultaneously and move some of the work away from the main mold tool to other

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Modus Seabed Intervention Ltd, a North East UK headquartered subsea specialist, has entered into a collaboration agreement with Fugro to provide hybrid AUV pipeline survey and inspection services within Australasia. The collaboration enables Fugro to offer the Modus H-AUV (Hybrid AUV), the most capable and advanced subsea AUV available, to perform high speed survey and inspection whilst maintaining best in class data quality. The collaboration has been awarded its first contract and the Modus H-AUV spread has been mobilised to Australia with a suite of state-of-the-art survey sensors and ancillary equipment, including the Cathx laser and photogrammetry system and docking unit allowing deployment and recovery on the seabed to perform pipeline integrity survey work on Australia’s North West Shelf.  Utilisation of the H-AUV spread delivers significant efficiency gains in terms of data acquisition speed and quality whilst allowing for a reduction of operational personnel offshore, therefore providing tangible safety benefits and cost savings. Marcus Hemsted, Business Development Manager at Fugro said “As Fugro continues to develop and lead the development of remote offshore operations within the region, we are excited to come together with Modus to offer the H-AUV as part of a suite of cutting-edge survey and inspection technology utilised to actively support our IMR

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