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World's Largest Tidal Energy Project To Start Construction Off Scottish Coast This Year

Construction of the world’s largest tidal energy array is ready to begin offshore Scotland. Atlantis Resources Ltd., the project’s developer, said it raised the £51 million ($85 million) it needs to launch the first phase this year.

The 398-megawatt MeyGen project will put Scotland and the U.K. “on the map as a global leader in marine technology,” U.K. Energy Secretary Ed Davey said in a statement. The U.K.’s Department of Energy and Climate Change put up about $17 million for the project, with the rest of the public-sector funding coming from Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, and the Crown Estate, Atlantis Resources said.

The developers said the MeyGen project will anchor as many as 269 squat, three-bladed turbines in the seabed of the Pentland Firth’s Inner Sound, the stretch of water that separates the Scottish mainland from Stroma Island. When completed, it will generate enough electricity to power 175,000 Scottish homes.

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Orkney tugs in major Shetland project

The three Orkney Towage tugs in Shetland.
© Ian Leask

Three Orkney-based tugs are in Shetland to assist with a major marine engineering project.

The Einar, Erlend and Harald, operated by Orkney Towage, steamed north from Orkney on Monday, arriving in Lerwick later the same day.

They are due to take part in a commercial charter, playing a key role in an operation involving a large steel oil storage tank.

This has arrived in Shetland onboard the heavy-transport vessel Xiang Yun Kou, which is now at Holmsgarth  in Lerwick.

Local engineering and logistics companies have been engaged to prepare the tank prior to it being taken for installation west of Shetland as part of Premier Oil’s development of the Solan field.

Later this week, the Xiang Yun Kou is due move to an anchorage in the port and ballast down for the tank to be floated off the deck of the vessel. The three Orkney tugs will assist with this complex part of the operation.

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Rough Seas

Some dramatic footage of the French frigate D-646 Latouche-Tréville. Part of the video is alos usin the movie "Oceans" by Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud.

Latouche-Tréville is a F70 type anti-submarine frigate of the French Marine Nationale. She is the third French vessel named after the 18-19th century politician and admiral Louis-René Levassor de Latouche Tréville.

Note: The French navy does not use the term "destroyer" for its ships. Thus, some large ships, referred to as "frigates", are registered as destroyers.

Launched: 19 March 1988
Commissioned: 16 July 1990
Displacement:  3,550 t (3,494 long tons)
4,500 t (4,429 long tons) full load
Length:  139 m (456 ft 0 in)
Beam:  14 m (45 ft 11 in)
Height:  39.36 m (129 ft 2 in)
Draught:  5.8 m (19 ft 0 in)