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GRS starts strategic partnership 

We are celebrating the start of a strategic partnership with South Korean wind project development consultancy SerFac. The aim of the cooperation is to provide fast and first-class project development of offshore wind farm projects in South Korea. As an independent advisor, GRS supports the negotiation of all contracts across all value creation stages of the entire project development. At the subsequent installation and operation stage, GRS takes on the chartering of all vessels and crews required as well as the contracting of all further offshore service providers. Please find the full press release on our Homepage: https://www.grs-offshore.com/en/ourcompany/press/
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recent sale & purchase fixture by grs

While the fixing bell has just silenced from selling the first sister, GRS was able to secure a new home for another of these multi functional vessels. For the demanding ambience of Southern Chile and the local fish farm industry, we are happy to have been able with this vessel to have found the right solution for our client. With her cargo spaces, crane and towing capacity, she will add precious value to the existing fleet and further broaden the client's portfolio. A big "Thank you" goes out to her former and new Owners and the various more parties involved to finally tie up a package to everybody's satisfaction. Your project is equally demanding? We´ll find a solution for you, too! GRS-OFFSHORE.com/en
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grs welcomes hugo kühn

GRS Expansion in the OFFSHORE WORKBOAT Segment – Hugo Kühn, (French citizenship - joined GRS mid Aug 2019) is based at the Hamburg Office and will further strengthen the provision of attractive workboat charter offers with just one single interface. Together with Henning (Senior) and Roman of the OFFSHORE WORKBOAT Team Hugo will give you access to our broad selection of different contractors, service providers and vessels in one package - fast, independent and free of charge just as you know it from our shipbroking service. Bienvenue Hugo!
Mail: h.kuehn@grs-offshore.com 
Tel: +49 40 411 60 68 14

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VesselS FOR charter

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Jack Up´s
Starting Day Charter Rate
unpropelled: 23.000 EUR
DP<500t crane: 30.000 EUR
DP>500t crane: 40.000 EUR
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Starting Day Charter Rate
<40 ChrtsPax: 20.000 EUR
>40 ChrtsPax: 30.000 EUR
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Construction Vessel
Starting Day Charter Rate
DP2<50t gear: 15.000 EUR
DP2>100t gear: 25.000 EUR
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Plattform Supply Vessel (DP2)
Starting Day Charter Rate
Deck< 700 sqm:
Deck> 700 sqm: 
10.000 EUR
16.500 EUR
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Crew Transfer Vessel
Starting Day Charter Rate
12 Pax (12hrs): 2.200 EUR
12 Pax (24hrs): 3.100 EUR
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Guard Vessel
Starting Day Charter Rate
A-Class:  3.200 EUR
B-Class: 2.600 EUR
C-Class:  2.200 EUR
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Cable Layer (#777)
Free Deck:
86,10 m
4 Point
400 sqm

Lift: 35 ts
DP Class: DP 2
Berths:  50    
Price: USD         20.000.000,-
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CTV (#686)
Built: 2019
LoA: 39,00 m
Seats: 72
Deck Cargo:

1,89 m
27 kn
60 ts
Price: USD        4.500.000,-
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AHT (#639)
Built: 1999
LoA: 64,20 m
Beam: 15,50 m
Draft: 5,75 kn
DP Class:
Price: USD 
2,350 ts
70 ts
DP 2
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acta centaurus

Wärtsilä has received an order to provide hybrid propulsion for Acta Marine’s offshore wind service vessel Acta CentaurusThe order, placed in May, will see Wärtsilä deliver the hybrid drive, batteries, and an energy management system. In addition, the company will carry out the installation, testing and commissioning of the hybrid system, as well as the upgrade of the vessel’s existing onboard systems to make it suitable for the hybrid drive. The installation of the equipment necessary for the hybrid conversion will take place during the fourth quarter of the year. According to Wärtsilä, with the hybrid propulsion, Acta Centaurus will gain fuel consumption and environmental benefits by being able to operate with less running engines at more optimized load. Acta Marine took delivery of Acta Centaurus from Ulstein Verft in April. This new walk-to-work vessel will carry out its first offshore wind work on the Deutsche Bucht project.

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Jan De Nul’s offshore installation vessel Taillevent has left Eemshaven with a first load of turbine components to be installed on the Trianel Windpark Borkum II (TWBII) offshore wind farm in the German North SeaTaillevent is loading the turbine components at the Buss Terminal Eemshaven in sets of three and transporting them to the installation site some 40 kilometres north of the island of Borkum. In total, the jack-up will transport and install 32 Senvion 6.2M152 turbines at the 200MW wind farm. The turbine installation, initially scheduled to start mid-April, was postponed until summer after Senvion had filed for self-administration in April 2019. By then, 15 of the 32 Senvion 6.2M152 wind turbines had already been delivered and transported to the base port in Eemshaven.The remaining 17 of the 32 wind turbines are expected to be delivered in autumn 2019. The wind farm is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year. 

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Nexans cable layers

Norway’s GC Rieber Shipping has agreed with compatriot Nexans Skagerrak AS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nexans Norway AS, to enter into a ship management agreement for the cable laying vessel Nexans Skagerrak. The agreement also includes management of the Nexans’ cable laying vessel Nexans Aurora once it gets delivered from Ulstein yard in 2021. The agreement is expected to be executed in the third quarter of 2019 and hand over of the vessel to GC Rieber Shipping to take place in September 2019. In addition to the ship management agreement, GC Rieber Shipping and Nexans have agreed to an extension of ongoing charter of CSV Polar King by up to two months. The vessel has been on charter with Nexans since January 2017 and was originally set to come off charter in August. The charter will now continue until mid-October.   

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Vineyard Wind LLC (CIP, 50% and Avangrid, 50%) has been forced to delay the timeline for its 800 MW offshore wind farm, located 24km from Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. On the 9th August, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) further the approval of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the project. BOEM indicated that a supplemental process is required to examine the cumulative effects from the many offshore wind projects expected to follow the Vineyard Wind project. Publication of the FEIS was to be one of the final steps for the developer, who had hoped to commence construction in 2019 with commissioning in 2022 but the additional analysis required is not possible within this timeframe.
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Ørsted is gearing up to enter the construction phase of the 752MW Borssele 1&2 project in the next couple of months. Located 23km from Westkapelle, the wind farm will feature 94 SG 8.0-167 DD turbines, with EEW, SIF and Bladt producing the monopiles and transition pieces. Installation of the foundations will be undertaken by GeoSea with A2SEA lined up to install the turbines. According to Ørsted Manufacturing of key components progressing as well as the construction of O&M building in Vlissingen. Commissioning is expected in Q4 2020/Q1 2021 2021.
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The European Commission has given final authorisation for billions of euros of state aid to support the Dunkerque offshore wind farm. The project will be located at least 11.4 km off the coast and consist of 46 13 MW turbines, totalling just under 600 MW. An overall budget of €2billion has been authorised for the project for a period of 20 years, starting from 1st June 2025 until 31st May 2045. The consortium of EDF Renouvelables, innogy, and Enbridge was announced as winner of the tender to develop the project in June, out bidding eight other parties with an offer of 44 €/MWh. In light of the low bids in the Dunkerque auction the French government has increased its offshore wind ambitions to tender 1 GW annually until 2024.

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The Danish Energy Agency (DEA) is waiting for remaining proposals concerning the content of the supplementary Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report for the Vesterhav Nord/Syd project as the submission deadline draws near. Vattenfall won the rights to build the 350MW project in 2016 with a bid of 47.5 øre/kWh (€63.8/MWh). Construction was due to start in 2019, but in late 2018, the Energy Complaints Board partially revoked consents for Vesterhav Nord on the grounds that the original EIA was insufficient and that new EIAs must be prepared for both sites. Vattenfall is investigating moving the turbines further offshore and the final layout will be included in the new EIA. The project is expected to feature 41 8.4MW turbines with a total height of 193m, located 4-10km offshore. The new EIA is expected to be completed during the summer of 2020. Vattenfall will then submit the final report to the DEA which will be reviewed and undergo a further eight week consultation before a final decision on the future of the project is made. 
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The German Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has launched its consultation for the Second Draft of the Network Development Plan 2019-2030 (NEP). The NEP includes proposed grid expansion measures with the aim of achieving a secure supply by 2030 and is in line with the government’s goal of 65% renewable energy generation by 2030. The NEP also includes plans for the offshore connectivity systems and replaces the offshore grid development plan (O-NEP). Depending on the scenario, the Federal Network Agency regards between 8 and 9 additional connection systems in the North and Baltic Seas by 2030 as necessary for achieving offshore wind farm connection targets of 17-20GW. BNetzA is consulting on the draft NEP as well as a draft environmental report. All interested parties have until 16th October 2019 to submit comments and information days will being held across Germany in September. BNetzA aims to confirm the grid development plan no later than end 2019.
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The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has confirmed that it has been struck with a legal dispute against its Contracts for Difference scheme, which offers the support mechanism for UK offshore wind farms. BEIS informed that their  Contracts for Difference scheme has supported the investment of £490m annually in renewable technologies and more than 50% of their energy now comes from low-carbon sources - a vital part of their move to becoming a net zero emissions economy by 2050. Qualifying applicants have been told of this legal challenge and that the sealed bidding window has been extended by two weeks until 29th August. The results, due to be announced in early September, are also likely to be pushed back. The budget for this CfD Allocation Round is £65m for 6GW. Strike prices for offshore wind have been set at £56/MWh for projects delivering 2023-24, and £53/MWh for those delivering 2024-25.
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Jan De Nul Group has completed foundation installation at Phase 2 of the Formosa I offshore wind farm in Taiwan. Seaway Yudin was  deployed to install the 20 foundations, with works beginning in May 2019. The monopiles range from 752 to 1,230 tonnes, with a maximum diameter of 8.4 metres and lengths ranging from 60.1 to 79.5 metres. Each of the transition pieces weighs 465 tonnes. The Port of Taichung was used as a marshalling port for the components. With the parallel installation of scour protection, export and inter array cables being well underway, the project is nearing completion. Formosa I is located 3km off the coast of Miaoli in North-West Taiwan. Phase 1 includes two Siemens 4 MW demonstration turbines, which were installed in 2016. Phase 2 will add a further 20 SWT-6.0-154 turbines.
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Crack at the eIA

Estonian Renewable energy developer Eesti Energia has published an updated EIA for the Hiiumaa offshore wind farm. The 1.1 GW project will be built 12km off the coast of Hiiumaa, Estonia. The project has been faced with appeals and delays. In August 2018, the Supreme Court revoked a plan concerning prospective offshore wind farms near Hiiumaa on the grounds that the EIA insufficiently discussed the potential impacts of the turbines and subsea cables. Eesti Energia acquired the project from Nelja Energia last December when it purchased the entire company and, according to the revised EIA, intends to install 107-182 turbines with a capacity of up to 12 MW. Comments regarding the updated EIA should be submitted to the Ministry of Environment by 16th September. A public discussion will take place on 18th September in Kärdla, Estonia. 
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Vattenfall’s Norfolk Boreas offshore wind farm has received local support, with councillors highlighting the significant economic benefits the project could bring to the region. Earlier this week, Norfolk County Council's planning and delegations committee discussed the Development Consent Order (DCO) application and onshore infrastructure for the project and resolved to support the principle of the project. The proposed 1.8 GW wind farm will be located 72km offshore neighbouring Vattenfall’s sister project Norfolk Vanguard. The committee was supportive of plans to use the same HVDC transmission infrastructure as Vanguard, which will limit impact on local communities. The planning inspectorate accepted the DCO application for examination on 4th July 2019 and anticipates making a decision by mid-late 2020. 
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