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New shipping routes along Belgian - Dutch (south) North Sea coast

As of 01 June 2017 00:00hrs UTC new shipping routes along the Belgian and Dutch (south) coast will apply. The North Sea is one of the busiest seas in the world (fishery, marine aggregate mining, oil & gas, renewable energy (wind/tidal), tourism etc) and to improve safety and flow of marine traffic, Belgian and Dutch authorities have together decided to adjust the shipping routes.

Smooth and safe passage for ships, taking into account both economic and ecological interests are priorities and current routing falls short.

The proposed routes include a new Traffic Separation Scheme, modifications of recommended routes and precautionary areas, changes to anchorages and reorganizing areas around existing wind farms.

The new routes will lead to safer and easier navigation reducing the risk for accidents and pollution.

Dutch and Belgian authorities have started a media campaign to inform all users, both international and national, commercial and recreational of the new routes. New maps are expected to become available April 2017.

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UK Offshore Wind Construction Had “Bumper Year In 2016,”

Construction in the UK’s offshore wind sector reached an impressive high in 2016, with total construction value set at £4.1 billion, increasing from £2.45 billion in 2015, and accounting for 21% of all UK construction contract value in the year.

New analysis from Barbour ABI, a leading provider of construction intelligence services, highlighted the “bumper year” the UK offshore wind sector experienced, from the point of view of the construction sector. Offshore wind farms accounted for 42% of all UK construction contract value in the utilities and power sector, and 21% of the country’s entire infrastructure sector.

Further, Barbour ABI predicts that this trend is only set to continue through 2017, with a healthy pipeline of future offshore wind projects set to make 2017 another strong year, and up to £23.2 billion worth of construction contract value already in planning.

“Back in 2013 offshore windfarms accounted for only 7.5% of the annual construction value for the utilities and power sector, which increased to 42% in 2016, on the back of significant investment in this type of project,” explained Michael Dall, lead economist at Barbour ABI. “With reports showing that the cost of producing electricity in this way have fallen significantly, the increase in construction value makes sense.”

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Two ships collide near Johor, spilling about 300 tonnes of oil

Two container vessels, one of them Singapore-registered, collided off Pasir Gudang on Tuesday.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said it was notified by the Johor Port Authority (JPA) of a collision between a Singapore-registered container vessel WAN HAI 301 and a Gibraltar-registered container vessel APL DENVER off Pasir Gudang Port at 11.50pm on Tuesday.

One of the bunker tanks on the APL DENVER was reportedly damaged and spilled approximately 300 tonnes of oil, MPA said in a press release on Wednesday.

JPA has deployed four anti-pollution craft and an oil boom to contain the oil spill.

Some oil patches were spotted in Singapore, with the spillage contained off the western of Pulau Ubin.

MPA said it has activated eight anti-pollution craft with dispersant spraying capabilities to clean up the oil.

There have been no reports of injury and traffic in the East Johor Straits and Singapore's port operations remain unaffected, MPA said.

source: The Star Online