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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

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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