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GRS MAKES A BIG STEP FORWARD AND OPENS NEW OFFICE IN ATLANTA / USA














Expansion to the US-Market - Alexander Gentsch is the new GRS-Representative in Atlanta, GA After the successful establishment of an office in Paris, France in summer of 2016, GRS has appointed Alexander Gentsch as head of its new office in the United States of America. From Atlanta (Georgia), Alex will further strengthen the relationships with existing partners and will assure that the still young but constantly growing US-offshore market will have access to the full GRS portfolio and network, as well as it´s dedicated experts in various fields. Following our company’s principle of providing “any vessel at any time”, Alex will continuously evaluate the US market and offer prices and availabilities of offshore vessels and services for each stage of any renewable energy offshore projects in the US market. He will also be the first and local point of contact regarding all inquiries for used Ferry- and Cruiseship Sale & Purchase projects within our subsidary GFCS - Global Ferry and Cruise Shipbrokers. E-Mail: a.gentsch@grs-offshore.com

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VesselS FOR charter

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Jack Up´s
Starting Day Charter Rate
unpropelled: 21.000 EUR
DP<500t crane: 28.000 EUR
DP>500t crane: 30.000 EUR
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WALK-2-WORK
Starting Day Charter Rate
<40 ChrtsPax: 18.000 EUR
>40 ChrtsPax: 23.000 EUR
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Construction Vessel
Starting Day Charter Rate
DP2<50t gear: 12.000 EUR
DP2>100t gear: 23.000 EUR


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VesselS FOR SALE

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Tug (#498)
Built: 2016
LoA:
Draft:
27 m
3,30 m
BP: 48 tons
M/E: 3 x 1200bhp

Price: EUR 2.800.000,-
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Survey Vessel (#476)
Built: 2009
LoA: 46 m
DP: DP1
Crane: 3+A-Frame
Pax: 18 total

Price: EUR 3.200.000,-
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OSV (#456)
Built: 2004
LoA: 65,50 m
DP: DP2
BP: 85 tons
Pax: 33 total

Price: USD 5.000.000,-
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OFFSHORE VESSELS

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oleg strashnov



Seaway Heavy Lifting’s (SHL) vessel Oleg Strashnov is due to arrive at the Beatrice offshore wind farm to recommence foundation installation. The vessel installed the first wave of 24 jackets in August and September for the SWT-7.0-154 turbines and offshore substations. Originally it was anticipated that SHL’s Stanislav Yudin would remobilize and install the next wave of jackets after the prepiling work was finished but this has over ran. The 86 1,000t jacket foundations have been fabricated by Bladt Industries, Smulders and Burntisland Fabrications Ltd (BiFab). There is some uncertainty regarding the comple-tion of BiFab’s jackets as the company faces administra-tion. BiFab was originally scheduled to deliver the last 16 of its 26 jackets by April 2018 with the second phase of jacket installation taking place in May 2018 by SHL.
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World calima



On the morning of 15 November, a fire broke out in the engine room of the crew transfer vessel (CTV) World Calima that was operating at the Nordsee Ost offshore wind farm. Eight wind farm technicians and five crew members were aboard the CTV at the time and nobody was hurt during the incident.
The rescue vessel of the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service (DGzRS) responded to a distress call and then took over eight wind farm technicians from aboard the CTV, and started hauling the stricken vessel to the German island of Helgoland. In the engine room of World Calima, operated by World Marine Offshore, the crew had noticed heavy smoke and then engaged in putting the fire under control with on-board resources by locking the engine room and flooding it with carbon dioxide.
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oos energy



OOS Energy has unveiled a new vessel design that will serve the offshore wind sector, in addition to oil & gas. The company will build two units of the vessel and is now in final talks with shipyards for the construction with an expected delivery in 2020/ 2021. The two new Multi Activity Units (MAUs) in OOS Energy’s fleet will be self-propelled, dynamically positioned jack-ups with a lifting capability that can be used in the offshore wind energy sector for installation of monopiles, jacket foundations and wind turbines. The units will be equipped with a large accommodation and two 1,200-tonne cranes each, and will be able to work in water depths of up to 80 metres. The first vessel, to be named Luctor et Emergo, is expected to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2020, while the second one will be rolled out in early 2021.
 
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OFFSHORE WINDParks

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first wave of walney ex. turbines installed

The first phase of turbine installation has been completed at the Walney Extension project in the Irish Sea. All 40 MHI-Vestas V164-8.0MW turbines have been installed and six have been commissioned and are producing power to the National Grid. The V164 machines will be power boosted to 8.25MW and alongside a further 47 Siemens SWT-7.0-154 turbines bringing the total project capacity up to 659MW. The Seajacks Scylla is contracted to install all 87 turbines and has been onsite since August. The next wave of turbine installation for the 47 Siemens units is expected to start in early 2018 with full commissioning by the end of the year. Recently, Ørsted completed the divestment of 50% of the Walney Extension offshore wind farm to PKA and PFA, two leading Danish pension funds, for £2b with each investor obtaining a 25% ownership.
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Virginia offshore project gets sap approval

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has approved the Site Assessment Plan (SAP) for the Virginia Commercial offshore wind lease. Dominion Resources, Inc. won the lease area in an auction in 2013 with a bid of $1.6m. The SAP details the methods and procedures Dominion will use to collect and analyse meteorological data and information on the conditions of the marine environment within the Commercial Lease. The SAP approval allows for the installation of a WindSentinel, a floating light detection and ranging (LiDAR) buoy. It is anticipated LiDAR will be deployed Q2 2019. Following this approval the developer now has up to 4.5 years to submit a Construction and Operations Plan which details the proposed activities relating to the construction and operation of the site.
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Borssele 3&4 secures eu financing

The Borssele 3&4 offshore wind farm developers have been successful in an application for financing from the European Union. On the 14th November the board of the European Investment Bank approved financing of €9.2bn for 38 projects which include initiatives for climate action, improving infrastructure and business support. Shell, Van Oord, Eneco and Mitsubishi secured the rights to the 700MW Borssele 3&4 sites in December 2016 as part of a Government held tender with a combined bid of €54.5/MWh. The amount that the consortium received from the EIB to finance the project remains undisclosed but it is an important step towards reaching financial close. MHI Vestas has been confirmed as the preferred supplier for 93 V164-8.0MW turbines and the project is scheduled to be completed by 2020.
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ten turbins to go at race bank


Ørsted are racing towards the finish line at the 573MW Race BankOffshore Wind Farm with 81 of the 91 SWT-6.0 154 turbines now installed. A2SEA's SEA INSTALLERhas been on site since May to install the turbines with first power exported to the grid on 18thMay. Each turbine stands at 177m tall and the array covers an area of approximately 75km2. Construction is being managed from Ørsted’s base in the Grimsby Fish Docks. Export cable installation was completed in late August and the 106km of array cabling was finalised during October. It is currently envisaged that a Preferred Bidder for Race Bank's offshore transmission assets will be appointed during Q4 2017 with full commissioning anticipated during Q1 2018. Once operational the project is expected to meet the energy demands of 400,000 UK homes per year.
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chinese modular substantion
powered up

The substation for the Longyuan Jiangsu Dafeng 200MW offshore wind farm has been powered up, allowing full export to the grid. The substation design has had to be adapted to the local geological environment and represents the first time an offshore substation has been split into five modules. The modules sit on jacket foundations which were installed in May and the lifting of the substation modules was successfully completed in June. Each module was hoisted and installed individually and it only took four days to complete the installation of all five units. Installation of the GW 109/2500offshore turbines also began this summer and in total 80 turbines will be installed offshore. The project is located 24km off the coast of the Jiangsu Province in China and is being developed by the Longyuan Dafeng Offshore Wind Power Co., Ltd.
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east anglia could see giant 19 mw turbines

Scottish Power Renewables (SPR) are considering giant turbines of up to 19MW and 300m high for the East Anglia TWO (EA2)and East Anglia ONE NORTH(EA1N) offshore wind farms. SPR has submitted the Scoping Reports to the Planning Inspectorate outlining the initial proposals for the two projects. The 900MW EA2 and 800MW EA1N projects are likely to consist of 75 and 67 wind turbines respectively and use HVAC technology. The location of the substation and National Grid infrastructure will be finalized in early 2018. A formal scoping opinion is expected by the end of the year and then SPR aim to submit consent applications for EA2 and EA1N during 2019 and 2020 respectively. If consented SPR anticipates commencing construction in 2024 for EA2 and 2025 EA1N. Combined the projects could potentially to power 1.4 million homes.

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OFFSHORE News

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INDIA COMMISSIONS ITS FIRST OFFSHORE LIDAR



The FOWIND Consortium has commissioned India’s first offshore Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) device, off the coast of Gujarat. Despite an installed onshore wind capacity of 33GW there is still an acute need for large-scale clean energy generation to fuel India’s growing economy. The National Offshore Wind Energy Policy was approved in 2015 with original estimates that the Gujarat coastline has the potential to generate 106GW of offshore wind energy. The data from the Leosphere WINDCUBE v2 LiDAR, supplied by MeteoPole, will support FOWIND’s four year project to develop a strategy for offshore wind development in India, with a focus on Gujarat and Tamil Nadu. FOWIND aims to complete the preliminary roadmap for offshore wind development in early 2018 and the 200MW First Offshore Wind Farm
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portugal´s energy future is in floating wind




Portugal’s renewable energy mix could be boosted by offshore – and especially floating – wind, as the country could meet 39% of its electricity demand with wind power by 2030, while 25% is currently covered with 5GW of wind turbines on land. However, to reach its renewable energy potential, Portugal votes on the European Union’s Clean Energy Package need to be in place. By 2030, Portugal is expected to have 150MW or more of offshore wind installed, WindEurope said, and with the LCoE of floating wind falling to EUR 40-60/ MWh by 2030 (as projected by the industry) there could be even more opportunity for the country, which is set to become the home of the largest floating wind turbines with the Windfloat Atlantic project featuring MHI Vestas 8MW turbines.
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perceptual robotics developing drone-based automated inspection system

Innovate UK has awarded GBP 1.2 million to a consortium developing a surface inspection system for offshore wind turbines using drones. The consortium is led by Perceptual Robotics, a company based at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL), and Bristol University’s Visual Information Lab, who have partnered with ASV Global and VulcanUAV for the project. Perceptual Robotics is working on an automated inspection system based on drones fitted with cameras and is developing advanced techniques for 3D tracking to support drone navigation together with Visual Information Lab.With the new system, Perceptual Robotics is addressing the total cost of operation and maintenance that occurs on a wind farm by automating the travel out to as well as the inspections of the wind turbines.
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