EMS Maritime Offshore (EMO) has signed a contract with Senvion to provide a crew transfer vessel (CTV) for the operational phase of the 332MW Nordsee One offshore wind farm in the German North Sea.The catamaran which will service the contract is currently under construction at the Strategic Marine shipyard in Singapore.As of April 2018, the 26-meter Stratcat will begin maintenance work at the wind farm from the O&M base in Norddeich for at least three years, EMO said.According to EMO, the vessel is equipped with a waterjet drive and can transport 24 passengers and up to 30 tonnes of freight.The investment, implemented as part of a shared project of EMO and its partner Van Laar Maritime BV, amounts to approximately EUR 4 million.“Once again, we have commissioned a special ship that meets certain conditions for activities in the southern North Sea and our clients’ requirements,” said Knut Gerdes, Managing Director at EMO.“We do not take this for granted, and we hope for more projects in the German offshore wind energy sector.”Turbine installation at the Nordsee One offshore wind farm was completed on 22 September, when the 54th and final Senvion 6.2M126 wind turbine was installed at the construction site.Nordsee One, located approximately 40 kilometers north of Juist Island, is being developed by Nordsee One GmbH, a special purpose company owned by Northland Power Inc. (85%) and innogy SE (15%).The wind farm is scheduled to begin commercial operations by the end of this year.In August last year, EMO added Windea FOUR and Windea FIVE, formerly CTV Natalia Bekker, to its Windea fleet due to the consistently growing demand in the field of offshore wind farm supply regarding personnel and materials.
The International Centre of Island Technology (ICIT) and the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) have joined forces in a year long project to research practical strategies to minimise the impacts of biofouling for the marine renewable energy (MRE) industry.Biofouling, the settlement and growth of organisms on submerged structures, is a major issue for the MRE industry. The presence of biofouling can decrease the efficiency of energy generation and lead to corrosion which can reduce the survivability of technologies.Funded by NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship, the ‘Biofouling in Renewable Energy Environments – Marine’ (BioFREE) project will focus on developing a knowledge network of biofouling experts to work closely with marine energy test sites and technology developers to gather data, share experiences, and formulate expertise on addressing biofouling impacts.The aim of BioFREE is to increase energy efficiency and device reliability within the MRE industry by identifying, assessing and managing fouling organisms located in varying habitats with contrasting organisms and seasons.The BioFREE project will also identify and promote the positive impacts that the MRE industry can have on the marine environment by exploring mooring systems designed to enhance habitats for certain species.The field research will be carried out at EMEC’s wave and tidal energy test sites in partnership with other test centres in North and South America, Asia, and Europe, where various arrays of panels populated with anti-fouling coatings will be deployed to develop a standard operating procedure for MRE biofouling monitoring. The Marine Energy Research and Innovation Centre (MERIC) in Chile and The Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Centre in Oregon are among the research centres that are involved.Joanne Porter, Associate Professor Marine Biology, ICIT, states: “The location of our campus in Orkney and our close working relationship with EMEC will provide maximum opportunities for our scientists to work closely together with developers to improve the knowledge regarding settlement of target fouling organisms. This knowledge will help develop enhanced antifouling solutions for the sector.“ICIT and EMEC are keen to build the BioFREE network of partners, and urge interested parties to get in touch.”Neil Kermode, Managing Director at EMEC adds: “EMEC’s partnership with Heriot Watt University combines industrial need with academic excellence. We are particularly pleased to see the inclusion of a task to look at the positive impacts our industry may play in local ecology.”Andrew Want, Project Lead, Research Associate in Marine Ecology at ICIT explains: “The findings will allow recommendations for test centres and developers to minimise the impacts of fouling, chiefly through selective scheduling of deployments and maintenance, in different habitats, to times when the settlement of fouling organisms will be minimal, or their removal will be least costly.”Sergio Navarette, Researcher with the Marine Energy Research and Innovation Centre (MERIC) in Chile, adds: “The BioFREE project represents an excellent opportunity for us to compare results and develop much needed standard protocols to quantify biofouling risks for the MRE industry around the world. We are looking forward to contributing with the experience gained by MERIC at our biofouling testing site of Las Cruces.”Sarah Henkel, Environmental Research Director at the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Centre in Oregon: “I very much welcome and look forward to participating in the development of standardized protocols for MRE biofouling monitoring. I also support the idea of identifying and documenting the positive ecological effects we expect to see from these installations.”
Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement and Columbia Shipmanagement have combined their global buying power to create an independent procurement company.The new unit, GP General Procurement Company Limited (GenPro), will negotiate framework supply agreements with international ship suppliers on behalf of its members’ clients with a view to securing the lowest prices achievable on all consumables.This new agreement allows a pool of 800 vessels managed by BSM and Columbia the access to a wider range of consumables at the best prices available globally, the parties said.It will capitalise on the best practices and strengths of its members by driving efficiencies into the whole procurement process to help reduce clients’ vessel OpEx costs and return real value to the client by way of volume-related discounts in a fully transparent and auditable way, the parties explained.“We believe GenPro will change the way global procurement is delivered to shipowners on an international scale and will in time become a compelling new force in the industry. Both companies are leveraging their industry links and relationships to owners and we believe this is something owners will welcome,” Ian Beveridge, CEO of Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement said.The scope and reach of the procurement effort will not be limited to maritime products and consumables but will include all products and consumables associated with the operation of the maritime business, onshore and offshore.
Honda Marine Science Foundation (HMSF) has awarded grants to fund four research projects that address the impact of climate change on the ocean and intertidal areas. Honda Marine Science Foundation supports “living shoreline” projects that implement natural approaches to protecting coastal habitats and communities while promoting harmonious interaction between humans and the ocean.According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a living shoreline is a protected and stabilized shoreline that is comprised of natural materials such as plants, sand, or rock. In contrast to “hard” shoreline stabilization methods like concrete seawalls, which impede the growth of plants and animals, living shorelines grow over time.“Honda Marine Science Foundation is committed to supporting living shoreline projects that address the impact of climate change,” said Raminta Jautokas, Honda Marine Science Foundation board member.“When considering options for coastal protection, historically we’ve chosen to construct hardscapes such as concrete walls. Living shorelines are an ideal solution for coastal protection because they improve water quality, help to protect against erosion, and provide habitat for marine species.”The projects focus on building “living shorelines” to restore marine habitats bordering the Pacific Ocean and include:Smithsonian Living Shorelines Project in San Francisco, California;Los Angeles Living Shoreline Project in Los Angeles, California;Zedler Marsh Living Shoreline Project in Long Beach, California;Living Shoreline Multipurpose Area on West Maui, Hawaii.
Commenting on the rebuild process, Joost de Ruijter, sales & business development manager at PitPoint.LNG, said, “We are very glad that we were able to make this station operational on schedule – despite the coronavirus crisis. Our customers made a major contribution to the end-result by testing the station together with us for further optimisation.” Dutch company PitPoint said it has reopened the liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling station in Zwolle. To remind, the Zwolle LNG facility is the first public station in the Netherlands, PitPoint said. PitPoint added that more and more carriers are switching to LNG because of both environmental and financial advantages. Image courtesy of PitPoint The new station will operate 24/7, has two LNG pumps and three staging areas for trucks that run on LNG. The Zwolle LNG station is the only one of its kind in the province Overijssel. Therefore, it is considered to be an important station by an increasing number of carriers. The facility has undergone a complete renovation, the company said in its statement. The station now has four times more LNG storage capacity than it had previously as a response to the increasing demand. Thanks to the larger LNG storage tank and an additional LNG pump, drivers no longer need to wait on each other but can refuel simultaneously, the statement reads.
Dominion Post 18 Feb 2012Detention could soon be a relic of the past, with schools increasingly dropping the punishment in favour of “restorative chats” and other rehabilitative measures. St Patrick’s College Silverstream is the latest Wellington high school to adopt the restorative justice principles, with a no-detention approach for even the worst troublemakers. The practice is becoming widespread in schools nationwide, with restorative measures – including encouraging naughty pupils to evaluate their behaviour – replacing traditional behaviour management methods. While detentions, expulsions and suspensions have been typically used as forms of punishment to control pupil behaviour, restorative principles are based on the idea that a pupil needs to take responsibility for his or her actions. St Patrick’s Silverstream rector Gerard Tully said that fitted in with the school’s focus on encouraging positive, respectful relationships between pupils and teachers. Instead of being punished, a misbehaving pupil would discuss the impact of their actions with a teacher. That could range from a two-minute chat to a formal, sit-down conference. While it would require a shift in thinking, it made more sense to prepare young people to be adults by tackling their problems, Mr Tully said.http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/6439977/Restorative-justice-goes-to-school
Sunday Star Times 22 April 2012Support for returning the drinking age to 20 is gaining momentum as MPs face calls to address binge drinking.But politicians courting the youth vote are cautious, and the Green Party has indicated it is unlikely to back a change to move the age from 18 to 20.MPs are expected to vote on the purchase age provisions of the Alcohol Reform Bill in the next couple of months.The drinking age was lowered to 18 in a 1999 conscience vote. Health leaders want it restored to 20, and say the evidence points to that as the only option.National MP Jackie Blue said straw polls had shown “overwhelming” public support for the age to be set at 20.The Alcohol Reform Bill purchase age provisions would allow 18-year-olds to buy alcohol in licensed premises, but restrict off-licence purchases to those 20 and older.National MP Tim Macindoe, who wants sales in any venue restricted to 20-year-olds, says support for the move has grown over the past three years.“In the previous Parliament I would have been struggling for much more than 20 per cent [support from MPs], but at the moment it would be closer to 30. And there will be an opportunity as the pressure comes on over the next couple of weeks to lift that.“There is support within my own caucus, and there is some support within Labour, as well as [Act’s] John Banks, and potentially New Zealand First.”The Maori Party also supports raising the purchase age to 20 for both licensed premises and liquor stores.National and Labour MPs will be able to cast a conscience vote but the Greens, who have 14 MPs, have yet to decide, although party policy is to oppose raising the age.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/6786228/Growing-push-for-drinking-age-of-20
Bay of Plenty Times 26 April 2012Papamoa Beach residents upset with “unsavoury” nudists are meeting Tauranga Mayor Stuart Crosby tonight in an effort to solve the problem. The meeting is a standard Neighbourhood Watch meeting but will have special emphasis on efforts to remove nudists from the beach, resident Shaun Gallagher said. Mr Gallagher said the behaviour, which included homosexual activity, from nudists in the Sunbrae Grove area had become so offensive it had scared off residents. “As a result of what has been happening and the fact these people are appearing more and more bold and coming closer and closer to where we live on the beach … there are older ladies who just don’t go on the beach anymore,” Mr Gallagher said. “We feel what has happened here is totally inappropriate. “If they want to take their clothes off, try doing it at Mount main beach or Papamoa Palm Beach Plaza, see how far they can get.” The nude beach started more than 40 years ago and began when there were few residents nearby. Mr Gallagher said Papamoa Beach was now a family placehttp://www.bayofplentytimes.co.nz/news/nudists-upset-beach-residents/1358751/Residents’ meeting a ‘success’Bay of Plenty Times 27 April 2012A meeting with Tauranga’s mayor sparked by Papamoa residents concerned by nudist behaviour in their area has been labelled a success. The meeting was held last night after a call from residents in the Sunbrae Grove area fed up with offensive behaviour from nudists. This behaviour, mainly homosexual activity in sand dunes and excessive exhibitionism, had scared some residents away from using the beach or walking their dogs. Mayor Stuart Crosby, who was specially invited, said most people at the meeting were not upset with nudists providing they were discreet. “It wasn’t really ‘let’s ban nudists’. The problem they had was with those people who deliberately get up and parade in front of people in the beach, particularly with children,” Mr Crosby said. “Then there’s the higher level of sexual behaviour of some nudists on the beach and in the sand dunes.”http://m.bayofplentytimes.co.nz/news/residents-meeting-a-success/1360214/Residents draw line in the sand on nuditySunday Star Times 29 April 2012….It’s a problem repeated at beaches around the country. Last month police were called after a man was photographed in a “state of arousal” on a Kapiti beach, and there has been a steady stream of complaints about gay sex on the beach at Rabbit Island in Nelson and Ladies Bay in Auckland. The stretch of beach near Sunbrae Grove at Papamoa has been known as a nudist spot since the 60s and used to be deserted farmland, but as development has encroached further, there have been more and more complaints. It is also a well-known gay meeting place.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/6824571/Residents-draw-line-in-the-sand-on-nudity
NZ Herald 2 June 2013Mum grateful she refused to terminate her pregnancy.Ava Alexander-Thomas is the little girl who almost wasn’t. Scans throughout pregnancy showed no amniotic fluid and a fetus with missing organs, no facial bones and undeveloped lungs. Three medical experts urged her mum, Toni Alexander, to terminate the pregnancy. Instead, the family researched and drew hope from similar cases. At 32 weeks, baby Ava was born with a relatively common horseshoe kidney. Now the family want answers.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=10887863
RadioNZ 21 April 2015Over a month ago when the cabinet announced it would ratify Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination on Women, it was greeted with anger from some community and church leaders.They expressed concern it would lead to same sex marriage and abortions in the country as CEDAW refers to the right for a woman to choose her spouse and family planning.But the chief executive of Internal Affairs Lopeti Senituli says the government is planning law changes to satisfy the church leaders.“Under our existing Deaths, Births and Marriages Registration Act there is no specific reference for or against same sex marriage. The government is proposing now that we amend our Deaths, Births and Marriages Registration Act to prohibit same sex marriage.”Mr Senituli says any ratification will include reservations or conditions to allow for cultural considerations such as same-sex marriage, abortion, the royal succession and noble titles.http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/271672/tonga-to-ban-same-sex-marriage-for-cedaw