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s5LSTEIN has introduced a new multipurpose construction vessel for shallow water operations. The main driver behind the S182 design was to develop a ‘CAPEX friendly’ DP-capable vessel for supporting a variety of offshore operations, including cable lay and offshore construction.


sSafety equipment manufacturer -C-URDO has been selected by the European Commission to lead the development of next-generation search and rescue distress beacons under the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme’s HELIOS project.

s+ONGSBERG%VOTEC, a fully owned subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime, is to deliver Bourbon Offshore Norway an E-LARS Launch and Recovery System for remote operated vehicles (ROV). The system will be installed on an Vard 2-12 Arctic design anchor handler.

s2OLLS 2OYCE is to design and equip a new service operation vessel for shipowner Østensjø Rederi, which will be employed by DONG Energy in maintaining Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm, off the UK’s east coast.

sThe acquisition of )MTECH-ARINE by 0ON(OLDINGSAND0ARCOM#APITAL has been given the nod by the European Commission. The takeover was instigated after parent company Imtech went bankrupt due to accounting fraud. Building on its Radio Holland heritage, the company has rebranded as RH Marine Group.

s0RONAUTAS, Transas dealer for Germany, has been selected by the Hermann Lohmann Bereederungen to equip the company’s 19 vessels with ECDIS systems.

Mauritius’ grand bunker ambitions

The government of Mauritius is investing heavily to achieve its goal of exporting one million metric tons of bunker fuel from Port Louis. The capital city, which has seen a growing share of the 35,000 ships transiting between Asia, Southern Africa and South America call at its port, is slated for development into a ‘business friendly petroleum and bunkering hub’. Last year, the port supplied 287,546 metric tons of

bunker fuel, up 6.8% year-on-year. The government acknowledges that to achieve its targets, the port will need more efficient cargo handling facilities, deeper shipping channels, and adequate berth and quay capacity. To that end, it has already extended port limits to provide more anchorage sites. The news was announced at a International Bunker

Industry Association (IBIA) event held in Port Louis. IBIA chief-executive Peter Hall said: “It could benefit the local economy. It’s estimated for every $100 spent on fuel, an additional $100 is spent ion services such as agency fees, port charges and deliveries to the ship.”

Statoil gives electric propulsion a boost

Offshore energy company Statoil’s innovation branch, Statoil Technology Invest, is ploughing money into Corvus Energy, a specialist in lithium-ion energy storage systems (ESS) for maritime hybrid and fully electric propulsion applications. Corvus technology currently

powers 35 commercial hybrid and electric vessels, with an install-base totalling some 30 megawatt-hours. It has been particularly successful in the offshore sector, notes company chief-executive Andrew Morden: “Supply vessels like the Viking Lady and Edda Ferd that employ

the Corvus ESS are field-tested and proven to meet and exceed performance and safety expectations. These vessels run at peak efficiency for longer, saving fuel and reducing emissions.” “With the release of

new class rules on both batteries and dynamic position- ing (DP), Corvus’s ESS system will enable further reductions in both size and number of generator sets in vessels with DP operations”, he continued. Richard Erskine, managing director of Statoil Technology

Invest, added: “We see initial applications in vessels, with long term potential to apply the same technology to rigs and platforms, which will contribute to Statoil’s

ambition to reduce CO2 emissions. This invest-

ment also represents an exciting opportunity to accelerate the growth of hybrid marine technology complementing Statoil’s increased focus on alternative energy solutions.” The Statoil Technology investment follows on from two previous strategic investments from Green Marine Capital.

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