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Europe's offshore wind industry 'facing significant challenges' despite doubling capacity

Europe has installed 277 wind turbines in the first half of 2013, adding more than 1 Gigawatt (GW) of capacity to the grid, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

Related articlesThe increased capacity is double the amount installed in the same period in 2012 which saw 523.2 megawatts (MW) connected to the grid.

Adding 513.5MW to Europe's capacity this year, the UK has driven the increase with new wind farms in Gunsfleet Sands, Lincs, Teeside and the recently inaugurated London Array, the world's largest wind farm. From January to the end of June, the UK installed 146 wind turbines.

A considerable contribution also came from Denmark with 98 new turbines totalling 352.8MW, while Germany's 21 newly installed turbines added 105MW to Europe's capacity.

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Certificate of Equivalence / Gleichwertigkeit Zertificate

The German "Gleichwertigkeit Zertifikat" ( Certificate of Equivalence ) is required for all foreign commercial vessels on coastal voyages in German waters and is issued under the authority of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany by the Berufsgenossenschaft für Transport und Verkehrswirtschaft under the provisions of the Ordinance for the Safety of Seagoing Ships (Schiffssicherheitsverordnung (SchSV)).

The Schiffssicherheitsverordnung contains national implementations of the internationally agreed SOLAS rules into German legislation, such as manning standards, crew certification and safety equipment.


Sometimes a "desktop approval" is granted provided the foreign flagged vessel has the neccessary certificates (for full list click here) as required for coastal voyages in German waters. In addition to these certificates the vessel will have to comply with minimum requirements for STCW certification.

If a "desktop approval" is not possible the German authorties can appoint one or more surveyor(s) to survey and inspect the vessel before issuing a Certificate of Equivalence.


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DR96525 - Cutter Suction Dredger - IHC Beaver 1200

ID - DR96525
Cutter: IHC 1.330-120
Built: 2009
Cutter Ladder: with 2 hydraulic driven swing winches and 1 hydraulic driven hoisting winch with two 360 kg anchors and 75 m long wires.
Dredge pump power at shaft: 620 kw
Dredge pump type: IHC 1100-200-400
Dredging depth: 10.00 m
Suction diameter: 450 mm
Suction diameter: 450 mm
Mean draught: 1.25m
Length Over All: 26.30m       
Breadth: 6.69m

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Location: Bay of Bengal

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