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Friday, August 14, 2020

North Wales News

Export cable laying, Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm. Photo: Macquarie Group Limited

Macquarie Doubles Gwynt y Môr Stake

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) has agreed to lift its shareholding in the 576-MW Gwynt y Mor offshore wind farm in the UK by purchasing an additional 10% stake for an undisclosed sum.MIRA has managed a 10 per cent stake in Gwynt y Môr since 2017 following Macquarie Group’s acquisition of the Green Investment Bank.Gwynt y Môr is a 576 MW offshore wind farm positioned 13 kilometers off the coast of North Wales. Operational since 2015, Gwynt y Môr is comprised of 160 3.6 MW wind turbines spread across 80 square kilometers.

Seatruck CEO Alistair Eagles (Photo: Seatruck)

Seatruck CEO Sees Big Potential for Port of Heysham

IRISH SEA freight  ferry operator Seatruck says the opening of the new £124.5 million ($150.0mln)  Bay Gateway relief road in Lancaster, is the biggest commercial opportunity for the Port of Heysham in its history. Seatruck CEO Alistair Eagles said the opening, on October 31, is the long awaited ‘big bang’ moment for the Port of Heysham. He said it unleashes the port’s potential to win more Irish Sea tonnage from hauliers who no longer have to wrestle with congestion between the M6, Lancaster and the Heysham peninsula. “This is the moment we have campaigned and worked years for,” he said.

Photo courtesy of IMRF

IMRF Reveals Hero Long List

The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) has revealed the long list of entries for its H.E.R.O. awards – launched in April this year. The 30 finalists range from companies, maritime search and rescue organizations and individuals involved in technological developments to those involved with design and innovation, services and training, as well as those actively engaged in saving lives in the world’s waters. Entries come from across the world including organizations and individuals as far afield as China and the United States to Bangladesh and New Zealand. The H.E.R.O.

Offshore Recruitment Specialist Looks to Build

An  Offshore recruitment specialist is gearing up for its busiest ever year as the oil and gas industry continues to experience growth. Seatechs posted a record turnover of £8.2million for the last financial year and is hoping to exceed that in 2013 as it supplies staff for projects across the globe. The North East-based business was only established in 2007 but has enjoyed rapid expansion built upon its founder’s extensive experience in the offshore industry. Seatechs, which supplies high calibre contract personnel for offshore oil and gas…

Sister ship to 'Ciudad de Cadiz': Photo credit Louis Dreyfus

RoRo Blown Aground in UK River

'Ciudad de Cadiz' blown off the berth to ground near Mostyn Harbour on the Salisbury Bank, River Dee in North Wales. The vessel had been berthed alongside in Mostyn Harbour when the mooring lines parted in 60 knot winds. She then drifted onto a sandbank. Another attempt to free the ship will be made at the next high tide. "We are closely monitoring the situation, but as there is no evidence of damage to the hull, the risk of pollution is very low," added Mr. Shaw.

From left to right: Troy Melling, Ralph Williams, Joe Stafford, Scott Pitman, Martyn Berrington and Ronan Conway.

North Wales Offshore Wind Trainees Breeze Through Program

Six offshore wind energy trainees from North Wales have successfully completed a year-long training program with the UK’s only dedicated academy for the offshore wind industry and are ready to take up positions in this rapidly expanding industry. The trainees were fortunate enough to be selected for Offshore Marine Academy structured traineeship, which selects candidates with an affinity for the marine and coastal environment and aim to prepare them for a new career in offshore wind.

MAIB Reports Zero UK-flag Ship Losses in 2011, Fishing Boats More Prone

There was a wide variety of accidents to merchant vessels investigated during 2011. For the second year in succession there were no UK registered ship losses and the number of accidents, as a ratio of the size of the fleet, was the lowest recorded by MAIB. The number of fatalities on UK registered vessels >100gt (5) has risen slightly compared with 2010, but is still low, and the number of injuries to crew is at its lowest ever level. A further 8 seafarers lost their lives on foreign registered vessels while operating in UK waters…

MV Carrier: Photo credit Reederei Erwin Strahlmann

Cargo Ship Stranded on Welsh Coast to be Broken Up

The MV Carrier will be cut into manageable sections on the shore at Llanddulas, near Colwyn Bay, and sent to a scrap yard by road, according to a BBC news report. The owners confirmed contractors will start the demolition once they remove the ship's 24,000 litres of fuel. The work is expected to take six weeks. Seven Polish crew had to rescued when the vessel ran aground last Tuesday. Two lifeboats and Royal Navy and RAF helicopters were involved in the rescue during the night-time rescue in heavy seas.

Ship Aground Off Coast of Wales

A cargo ship, 82 m in length, registered in Antigua, is pinned against the sea defence wall at Llanddulas, North Wales The ship, carrying a cargo of bulk limestone, with a crew of seven Polish seamen on board was thought to have struck a rock near Raynes Jetty at Llanddulas, near Colwyn Bay during a Force 9 storm, according to the Mail news report. Two lifeboats have been launched and shore-based rescuers attemp to rescue the crew as heavy waves break over the stranded vessel. It was not clear what the reason for the accident was.

Richard Turner, Global Business Development Manager

Veripos Names Senior Manager

Aberdeen-based Veripos, suppliers of GNSS positioning services to the world offshore industry, has appointed Richard Turner as Global Business Development Manager responsible for continuing development of its worldwide operations, including acquisition of new business as well as commercial and contractual negotiations. Reporting to Managing Director Walter Steedman, his brief also includes sales strategy formulation, market research and analysis, brand management and promotional activities.

Back row: Scott Pitman, Joe Stafford, Martyn Berrington and Ronan Conway. Front: Troy Melling and Ralph Williams.

North Wales Trainees Start Offshore Careers

Six young men from North Wales have taken their first steps into a new career in the offshore wind energy industry having been accepted as trainees with the UK’s only dedicated trainee academy for the offshore wind industry, Offshore Marine Academy. Ranging in age from 20 to 24, the trainees come from a variety of backgrounds including plumbing, the Royal Marines and electronics, but all applied with the aim of starting a long-term career in the growing local offshore wind industry.