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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Dutch Coast News

(Photo: Coast Guard Netherlands)

Chemicals Found on Dutch Beach after Container Spill

A load of dangerous chemicals that fell off one of the world's largest container ships into the North Sea washed up on a Dutch beach on Thursday, and more debris was expected to land overnight, officials said.The Dutch Defence Ministry said the loss of 270 containers from the freighter MSC Zoe on Wednesday, some of them thought to contain hazardous chemicals, was one of the biggest incidents of its kind, they said.It was unclear how many of the containers sank to the sea bottom…

File Image: The MSC Zoe / Adobestock / © MarineTraffic.com

Lost containers Bring Windfall to Dutch Islanders

Dozens of containers with items including flat-screen televisions have washed up on Dutch islands in the North Sea after a ship lost part of its cargo in heavy seas, bringing a windfall for local treasure hunters.The Dutch Coast Guard said up to 270 containers had fallen off the Panamanian-flagged MSC ZOE, one of the world's biggest container ships, in rough weather near the German island of Borkum and floated southwest toward Dutch waters.Containers broke open on the shores of the Dutch islands of Terschelling and Vlieland.

File Image: MSC ZOE / © MarineTraffic.com

Boxship Loses Containers in North Sea, Items Wash up on Dutch Islands

Dozens of containers with items including flat-screen televisions washed up on the Dutch islands of Terschelling and Vlieland after a vessel lost its cargo in heavy seas, a report by RTL Nieuws said, citing a Dutch coast guard.The RTL report said that up to 200 containers may have fallen off the Panamanian-flagged MSC ZOE in rough weather.RTL showed treasure hunters looking at an array of items that have washed up on shore of the islands, including light bulbs and televisions. Reporting by Toby Sterling

Image: DNV GL

DNV GL Advised Partners Group on Offshore Wind Project

DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body, has successfully completed a comprehensive due diligence project on the 730 MW Borssele III/IV construction-ready offshore wind project in the Netherlands. The work was commissioned by Partners Group, the global private markets investment manager, in preparation for its successful bid to acquire a 45% stake in the project on behalf of its clients. The investment will make funds managed and/or advised by Partners Group the largest shareholder in the Borssele III/IV farm.

Photo Boskalis

Boskalis wins SponsorRing Award

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) was last night named winner of the SponsorRing 2016 award in the 'Society' category for its sponsorship of The Ocean Cleanup's North Sea prototype test. A floating barrier designed to capture plastic from the sea is being tested approximately 23 km off the Dutch coast. The purpose of the test is to see how well the floating barrier design is able to cope with extreme weather conditions at sea. The SponsorRing is the annual award for the best sponsorship cases in the Netherlands. The jury commented: "An extremely brilliant case and an outstanding fit.

Windfarm Location: Image courtesy of Van Oord

Offshore Wind Farm Contract for Van Oord

Van Oord has been awarded the construction contract for the offshore windpark Luchterduinen, off the Dutch coast. The wind farm will be located 23 kilometres from the Dutch coast between Noordwijk and Zandvoort, and the contract is signed with the joint venture Eneco-Mitsubishi Corporation. The 43 wind turbines will have a combined capacity of 129 Megawatts and will generate green electricity for nearly 150,000 households. Construction will start in July 2014 and will be completed after the summer of 2015.

Photo courtesy Kvichak

Dutch Pilot Boats Under Construction

Kvichak Marine Industries and Camarc Design, UK have teamed up once again this year in close cooperation with the owner to design and build three 72-ft all weather fast pilot boats, for pilot operation in the ports along the Dutch coast and operated by the Dutch Pilotage Organization ( DPO). With a 75.1-ft overall length and an overall beam of 22.3 ft, the all-aluminum vessels are powered by twin Caterpillar C-32 ACERT engines, coupled to ZF 3050 marine gears. Hamilton 651 water jets are the chosen propulsors.

German Wind Power Further Out to Sea

According to an August 25 report from Reuters, a German wind power plant's new high-tech equipment is moving further offshore to capture higher winds for longer periods. The Alpha Ventus wind park started this month and operates 45 km off the German-Dutch coast. Existing European wind parks operate only 20 km offshore at the most. (Source: Reuters)