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World's largest offshore wind farm approved for UK coast

Plans to build the world's largest wind farm off the Yorkshire coast have been given the green light by the Government.

When completed, the Dogger Bank Creyke Beck project will be more than double the size of the UK’s current biggest offshore windfarm, comprising of two 200-turbine plots located across an 500 square km area.

The relatively shallow, 30m deep seabed around 130km from the coast is expected to offer prime conditions to lay foundations and construct turbines.

The development, which is estimated to cost between £6billion and £8billion, will become one of the UK’s largest power generators – second to the Drax coal-fired station in North Yorkshire - and its biggest source of renewable energy.

The Government hopes it will power nearly 2 million homes, fulfil 2.5 percent of Britain's electricity needs and support 900 jobs.

When completed, Dogger Bank could create up to 4,750 new direct and indirect full time equivalent jobs, and generate more than £1.5 billion for the UK economy according to Forewind, the consortium behind the project.

Source: The Independent


- http://infrastructure.planningportal.gov.uk/projects/yorkshire-and-the-humber/dogger-bank-creyke-beck/
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dogger_Bank_Wind_Farm

Hoegh Osaka cargo ship 'grounded deliberately' in Solent

A car transporter ship was grounded in the Solent deliberately after it began to list, its owners have said.

The Hoegh Osaka was run aground off the Isle of Wight on Saturday evening after developing problems once it had left Southampton, Ingar Skiaker, chief executive of Hoegh Autoliners said.

The ship is now listing at more than 50 degrees and a salvage operation is expected to take several days.

However, no oil is thought to have leaked from the ship.

Mr Skiaker said it was too early to speculate on the cause of the accident and thanked the rescue teams who took all 25 crew on board to safety.

He said two crew members had been taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Mr Skiaker said: "We know the vessel was leaving Southampton with some cargo on board and while navigating out of the channel she apparently had a list.

"The captain and master and the pilot on board decided jointly to put the vessel on the sandbank to avoid any more serious problems.

"I think they executed their duties based on their best judgement and we're not second-guessing their actions right now.

"There has been no leakage of any oil or any other substances and that's our primary focus obviously now going forward, that we keep it that way."

Asked whether there were too many vehicles on board, he replied: "No, the vessel was only one-third full."

He said the vessel was considered to be stable and that his company was working closely with their appointed salvage company, Svitzer, to "prepare for a safe and successful salvage of the vessel with minimal disruption to the port and it environment".

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Russia’s Nevsky Shipyard signs salvage ship deal

The Russian Nevsky shipyard is to build four multipurpose small-draught salvage vessels of length 79.85m and width of 17.36m, writes Jaroslaw Adamowski.

Nevsky Shipyard obtained the contract to build the vessels for the Russian state authorities, from the government-run Direction of State Contractor of Marine Transport Development Programmes, the shipbuilder said in a press release.

The deal was awarded through an "open competitive tender," Nevsky said.

Deliveries of the salvage craft, known as ‘project MPSV12’, are scheduled for late December 2018, and the vessels will be in service at Russia’s Astrakhan, Arhangelsk, Novorossiysk and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky ports. Local news site Portnews.ru reported the contract value to be about RUB 7.9billion (US$184.5million).

Each will be powered by two main engines, each rated 2,600kW, which the yard estimates will enable a speed capability of 14 knots.

Based in Shlisselburg, in Russia’s north-western part, Nevsky Shipyard was set up in 1952. The company says it specialises in building ready-to-operate vessels of various types, which include salvage vessels, tankers, dry-cargo vessels, tug-boats, run-about boats, auxiliary and supply vessels.

Source: http://www.motorship.com/news101/industry-news/russias-nevsky-shipyard-signs-salvage-ship-deal