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Organochlorine contaminant and retinoid levels in blubber of common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) off northwestern Spain

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first_imgThe effect of age, sex, nutritive condition and organochlorine concentration on blubber retinoid concentrations was examined in 74 common dolphins incidentally caught off northwestern Spain. Age and blubber lipid content were strong determinants of the retinoid concentrations in males, while these variables did not account for the variation found in females. Retinoids were positively correlated with organochlorines in males and negatively in females. However, pollution levels were moderate and likely to be below threshold levels above that a toxicological response is to be expected. Thus, a cause–effect relationship between organochlorine and retinoid concentrations could not be properly established, and the observed correlation may be the result of an independent association of the two variables with age. Further research on the influence of the best predictor variables on retinoid dynamics is required to implement the use of retinoids as biomarkers of pollutant exposure in cetaceans.last_img read more

ESPS Galicia Hosts IMO Meeting in Tanzania

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first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today ESPS Galicia Hosts IMO Meeting in Tanzania View post tag: IMO View post tag: africa View post tag: meeting View post tag: Navy May 26, 2015 During a recent port visit to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, EU Naval Force Flag ship, ESPS Galicia, hosted a meeting organized by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).The EU Naval Force Maritime Industry Liaison Officer, Mr Simon Church, together with other representatives from the Sudan, Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Seychelles, Comorros, South Africa and Galmaduug attended the meeting.After welcoming the group on board, the EU Naval Force Chief of Staff, Captain Jens Nykvist, gave a briefing on the European Union’s counter-piracy mission off the coast of Somalia and the capabilities of the Spanish EU flagship.Captain Nykvist reiterated the importance of the close cooperation, coordination and information sharing between Maritime Administrations of the Regional Countries and counter-piracy naval forces in their efforts to protect merchant shipping and seafarers in the strategically important maritime trading routes of the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean.[mappress mapid=”16075″]Image: EUNAVFOR View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: Tanzania View post tag: ESPS Galicia Authorities View post tag: News by topic ESPS Galicia Hosts IMO Meeting in Tanzania Share this articlelast_img read more

International Rescue

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first_imgThe New Noakes International, fronted by Pete Oxley, played the Wheatsheaf to promote their latest album Blue In Black and White. New Noakes comprise bass, drums, keyboards and Oxley on electric jazz guitar and electro-acoustic. Playing a style rich and varied, the band seem to be well-acquainted with the Wheatsheaf crowd, which helped in creating a laid-back yet engaging atmosphere. It was a crowd that was a little older than one generally finds in Oxford bars, but they were not all jazz aficionados. Perhaps this is where the real skill of New Noakes becomes apparent. Alternating between the recognisable structures of jazz, and more mellow blues-infused songs, the band give the audience a real sense of the diverse sounds and moods that a four piece instrumental band can conjure up. Luckily they never completely abandon their jazz roots. A whole spectrum of genres are touched upon – from acoustic pop to straight jazz and avant-garde – but there’s no self indulgence or clever ‘intellectual’ aspirations. The solos, while clearly demonstrating proficiency and accomplishment on the various instruments, were not outlandishly virtuoustic (as one often finds with emerging jazz groups trying to consolidate their place on the scene). They nonetheless quickened the heart-beat. Worth checking out.ARCHIVE: 2nd Week TT 2003last_img read more

FSA revises origin guide for labels

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first_imgThe Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published revised guidance for country-of-origin labelling, designed to benefit consumers and to further the FSA’s commitment to improve food labelling and consistency.The guidance will apply to manufacturers, producers, retailers and caterers and will be split into three sections, which explain the legal requirements that need to be followed and details on the penalties for breaching the legislation.Certain foods are exempt from this legislation, which include, in certain circumstances, white bread and flour confectionery, and individually wrapped fancy confectionery products not enclosed in any further packaging and which are intended for sale as single items.last_img

Pullins takes top prize in new bread competition

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first_imgPullins Bakery of Yatton has won the top gong in the Worshipful Company of Bakers’ bread competition at the Bath and West Show.Its sourdough loaf saw the bakery take Baker’s Prize for Overall Champion in the first year the competition was held. Three winners were named across Classic British White Loaf; Farmhouse Wholegrain; and Sourdough categories with the overall winner chosen bu judges David Mizon from Train2Bake, Portreath Bakery’s Marion Symonds and Bob Burns from Burns the Bakers.David Amos, UK managing director of Zeelandia, which organised the competition, said: “It was great to see the level of talent the south west has to offer in the world of baking. The number and quality of entries was really impressive and we wish the winner well when they take up their winner’s prize of a stall at the Royal Bath and West Show.”last_img read more

‘It’s time to raise my hand’

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first_imgToday I think I’m ready. I take my seat and bring out my laminated name card. Suddenly, I feel queasy and make a panicked wish that someone could speak up for me in class. But nope, it’s just me here with 95 other students.  Class discussion begins — and I’m not part of it.Raising my hand in a Harvard classroom discussion has been an ongoing challenge for me. Last year, as an incoming doctoral student in Education Leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, I spent much of my time in quiet frustration. I had carefully read the class materials, prepared the case, highlighted, outlined, and re-outlined the material the night before, only to sit silently listening as the classroom discussion unfolded. Sometimes, even when I knew I had something great to say, I left class disappointed, having remained mute for two hours.Afterward, my supportive classmates would approach me and encourage me to contribute, wondering if I was just shy and having a hard time. I didn’t know how to explain it. I knew I wasn’t normally shy, but I also couldn’t explain why I wasn’t speaking up.My struggle to get into the discussion goes something like this: There’s a fake-out in the beginning where my trigger hand jumps up to answer a question from the professor, only to pretend to caress a stray hair and tuck it securely behind my ear. Then there’s the psych-out move. Ideas flow, but they’re not perfect yet, nor do I have quite the right formulation of words. I don’t want to make a fool of myself. Time passes and I know I need to get into the discussion but can’t manage to raise my hand. Finally, there’s the strikeout, where just as my hand is about to spring up, someone else makes my point, and the discussion careens forward in a different way. Class ends. Another missed opportunity.Commenting in class and getting into the discussion take courage. It takes guts to put yourself out there and your ideas in front of your academic community for debate. It even counts for half of your grade in some classes. Even after I’ve finally mustered the courage to raise my hand and get called on, I’ve stuttered at times, stumbling over my words in nervousness, or have rambled on and on. Then I wish I could climb under my desk and hide after blundering my point. I’ve thought: What’s my problem? It wasn’t hard to speak up before I got to Harvard. How can I feel so painfully awkward in the classroom?Classmates, friends, and other colleagues have admitted that getting into classroom discussions is difficult and that they, too, stay silent in class, even though they have much to contribute. Their biggest reason for feeling tongue-tied involves waiting for just the right moment to make the most insightful and perfect comment that wins their professor’s attention and captures their classmate’s admiration.  Some of this perfectionism stems from an irrational fear that if they say something less than completely articulate, they will come across as naïve or unworthy of belonging at Harvard. It is ironic that the pressure created from focusing on participation can take away from active listening and detract from genuine learning. Some days I’m more focused on the need to perform in front of my classmates than on learning with them. By focusing on what I’m going to say next, I am not plugged into the learning in the moment — and that’s really the point.So what’s a learner like me to do with classroom discussion time? For one thing, I’ve become more observant of the folks who participate effectively. What sets them apart is that they are great listeners. They easily enter and exit into the flow of discussion. Conversation is natural and seamless. Their comments deepen the conversation, and build on the momentum of the discussion or channel the energy of the conversation in a related direction. I’ve also asked around for advice on how to effectively participate and wanted to share the top five approaches I’ve learned:Risk game-changing moves: A student friend recommends risking not being right in order to learn and add value to the conversation. Sometimes the most leftfield, far-fetched comments produce the “game-changing moves” that open up the discussion and fuel the most learning in the classroom.Embrace your lack of expertise: Another friend encourages me to own my experience from wherever I’m at in my career and claim the space I deserve to share my unique perspective.Tag-team: I’ve experimented with asking a few friends in class to support what I say during discussion or to nudge me to speak during class when I start retreating, which is super-motivating.Partner with professors: Other friends have made efforts to visit their professors and talk about ways to improve their classroom engagement. One classmate described a perspective of learning from recovery that his professor shared. Even if I do mess up a comment in class, how can I recover, reframe, and improve upon my point and get back into the discussion? Messing up doesn’t sound as intimidating when it’s framed as an opportunity for learning.Practice power posing: I’m in a class at the Harvard Business School where I’m learning about power and influence. My professor, Amy Cuddy, who studies classroom participation, recently lectured about confidence boosting through power posing. We talk about striking expansive stances that make you feel more confident, strong, and powerful just by doing them. Practicing my way into feeling more powerful in preparation for class has motivated me to jump into the discussion more.Even with all these strategies, I still struggle to get into the conversation, but with practice I am getting better each time. I am more comfortable owning my experiences, offering my perspectives, and being OK with making comments that might not be the most insightful or perfectly voiced, but were submitted in the spirit of advancing that day’s learning. That’s fine by me. There is more classroom discussion to go this semester and more practice ahead of me. It’s time to raise my hand.If you’re an undergraduate or graduate student and have an essay to share about life at Harvard, please e-mail your ideas to Jim Concannon, the Gazette’s news editor, at [email protected]last_img read more

DIY: Freestyle Backpacking

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first_imgMy friend Ryan Baxter and I are hiking southward up the A.T. Trail on the north side of Mt. Rogers headed towards the Old Orchard Shelter where we plan to stop for lunch. Our hope was to power up a little bit given we are both an embarrassing bit out of shape (shhh, don’t tell anybody), before making the bigger hike up the mountainside to the sweeping boulder fields that occupy the higher altitudes of the Mt. Rogers high country.I’m packing a traditional PB&J and a power bar, but Ryan’s got something else up his sleeve.“Prepare to have your mind blown,” Ryan chuckles as he begins digging through his pack for his lunch at the shelter. “Remember that surprise I was telling you about?”He pulls out what looks like a small yellow sake choko and an 8oz plastic bottle full of clear fluid (presumably sake). Unfortunately there was no sake in that bottle, but there was something close in resemblance. Alcohol.Boiling water via denatured alcoholI knew what he was up to because I had previously been reading up on small DIY survival rigs, although I’ve never made one, and had seen similar set-ups to what Ryan was about to reveal. While I had seen similar set-ups, I hadn’t seen one particularly like this. It was a homemade lightweight alcohol stove crafted out of an aluminum soda bottle. The bottle was machine-pressed into itself giving it a nice rounded rim with near pinhole sized air vents drilled into the side—all in all a much more well-crafted version of what some know as the Fancy Feast stove.Using an old Snow Peak cook pot as a cooking dish as well as a carrying container, Ryan was able to squeeze the bottle of denatured alcohol, the stove, and the windscreen all into the small pot. Minimal size and weighing next to nothing, it’s proven addition to any minimalist backpackers collection.Ryan lit up the stove and got water to boil so he could amaze me with his grand finale, but while doing so an elderly A.T. veteran named Sam wandered up with a couple hiking friends and took interest in Ryan’s contraption.“Did you make that?” Sam eyeballed the stove with curiosity before one-upping Ryan with his own homemade stove.Sam pulled out a very similar cup-shaped stove, only with the walls hollowed out to allow a tightly wound wick to be placed inside for better burn efficiency, and a stainless steel air vent built into it. The two of them marveled the craftsmanship and exchanged stories, clearly sharing a bit of enthusiastic appreciation for innovation, while I stood by observing their creations and enjoying my own personal and latest innovation of adding jalapeño jam to my peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.Sam’s Alcohol StoveBut my lunch was about to get better.  Ryan had a large plastic bag of dried ramen noodles with dried mushrooms and seaweed and spices just waiting to be doused in hot water in order to spring to savory life.  The bag was placed inside a curious looking sleeve crafted out of pipe insulation and duct tape.Step One: Boil water.Step Two: Pour water into bag.Step Three: Sit around and shoot the bull until lunch is ready.The thermal bag could hold enough heat inside to cook for up to eight to ten minutes, even in freezing temperatures, allowing for minimum fuel consumption.After finishing Step Three we began Step Four, which involved me getting a share of the gruel, which I wasn’t about to argue with, I happened to know Ryan was pretty well rounded in the kitchen (you should have been at camp that night for the camp-style chicken alfredo—I’ll be thinking about that for days).DIY StoveRyan’s successfully homemade stove kit and heating sleeve.While eating lunch conversation drifted into sleeping gear which led to hammocks which led to Sam showing off one more piece of gear before we departed on the rest of our trip.Clearly a man of patience, Sam had crafted a hammock for less than $15 that rivaled many I’ve seen on store shelves selling for 50 bucks, not to mention rivaling most other DIY hammocks I’ve seen in quality.Sam’s HammockUsing two layers of rip-stop nylon, some excellent sewing skills, a custom buckle machined by a friend, and a crafty suspension cord utilizing Chinese-finger-trap technology, Sam had put together an excellent two-layer hammock allowing for a pad to be inserted inside for insulation and comfort while a custom sleeping bag with an open bottom end and straps instead of zippers is wrapped around the outside for cover and warmth.  Optional: bug netting and tarp.Sam quickly slung it up between two trees and allowed me to indulge, but I  had to quickly  climb out for fear of A: falling into an afternoon snooze, and B: developing a jealousy complex.So we bid the guys adieu and hit the trail, moving onward up the mountain to seek out adventure. But on the way up I couldn’t help daydreaming about little contraptions I wanted to build to add to my pack. As cheesy as it sounds, I guess old dogs can teach new tricks as well as learn them.Here’s a couple links you should check out if you’d like to work some quality hands-on time into your schedule:DIY Gear SupplyZen StovesTo The Woodslast_img read more

Prosecutors reject defense arguments in Novel acid attack case

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first_imgProsecutors rejected on Monday the defense arguments submitted by a legal team defending two police officers charged with involvement in the acid attack on Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan in 2017, during a hearing at the North Jakarta District Court.In last week’s hearing, the lawyers sought the acquittal of the defendants Chief Brig. Ronny Bugis and Brig. Rahmat Kadir Mahulette, saying they had no intention of harming the antigraft investigator and that the attack was simply a spontaneous act. The lawyers also claimed that the injury to Novel’s eyes had been caused by poor medical treatment, not by the attack.Prosecutors told the court the chronology of the incident in which Rahmat had googled the address of Novel Baswedan on April 8, 2017. Rahmat also studied the residential complex area for him to prepare the attack plan and escape. He borrowed Ronny’s motorcycle on April 9, 2017 and checked out the entrance and exit gates around Novel’s residential complex. As a member of the National Police’s Mobile Brigade Corps (Brimob), Rahmat also had access to a parking lot for Brimob vehicles at the Brimob headquarters in Kelapa Dua, Depok, West Java, where he obtained the sulfuric acid for the attack.However, defense lawyers had argued that Rahmat was “anxious on the night before the attack” and that a “perpetrator of a planned crime would likely be more relaxed”.Read also: KPK urged to take on Novel’s acid attack case after prosecutors demand light sentence“The fact that there was a certain period of time for the suspect to calculate his action is enough to prove that this was a planned crime,” prosecutors said, rebutting the defense argument during the court hearing on Monday. The prosecutors went on to say that both defendants had spied on Novel Baswedan before the attack, waiting in front of Al-Ikhsan mosque on Jl. Deposito Block E in Pegangsaan Dua subdistrict, Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta, where Novel said his dawn prayers.“Rahmat opened the black plastic bag inside which he kept the acid. Meanwhile, Ronny kept his eye on Novel Baswedan,” the prosecutors explained. “Rahmat also told Ronny about his intention to teach someone a lesson and told Ronny to drive his motorcycle slowly when approaching Novel.”“Based on that chronology, we reject the lawyers’ defense argument that said that Rahmat acted independently in the attack,” the prosecutors said, indicating that Ronny also played a role in the attack.The prosecutors also rebutted the poor treatment claim, saying that the damage to Novel’s eye was reported by Mitra Keluarga Hospital in Kelapa Gading, where Novel was first treated after the attack before being referred to the Jakarta Eye Center (JEC).Read also: Comedian satirizing sentence demand in Novel Baswedan case targeted by alleged ‘buzzers’“Based on the hospital’s medical report on April 24, 2017, the 40-year-old man [Novel Baswedan] suffered first- and second-degree burns to his forehead and third-degree burns to his right and left corneas,” the prosecutors said.“The degree of the wounds was still unknown, however, it can be concluded that they subsequently hindered the victim in conducting his activities. Damage to the cornea can potentially cause blindness or severe deterioration in sight,” the report read.State prosecutors had earlier demanded a one-year prison sentence each for Ronny and Rahmat for alleged torture, from a maximum 12-year sentence based on the multiple charges pressed against the two officers under several articles of the Criminal Code.Topics :last_img read more

Massive million-acre estate for sale

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first_img MORE: House that’s “as good as gold” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Roxborough Downs & Mudgerebar Station, Boulia, Qld 4829Everything the light touches is yours in this incredible million-acre estate that’s hit the market — the likes of which has not been seen in years.Created by merging two mega properties together, the overall land size is 1,046,476.46 acres or 423,494 hectares, a massive expanse of Queensland countryside used to rear cattle. Brisbane prices at bottom of cycle The stations are cattle country. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoThe area has seen good watering. Roxborough Downs and Mudgerebar Station, Boulia, run side-by-side according to the listing by Rawdon Briggs and Bram Pollock of Colliers International — Agribusiness.It was listed as being “highly regarded Channel Country with scale” with Roxborough Downs covering 208,494 hectares and the Mudgerebar Station grazing holding covering 215,000 hectares.“The properties are adjoining and are located in a tightly held and highly regarded cattle growing region,” the listing said.It has carrying capacity about 16,000 head of cattle with the two properties containing three types of “grazing country types with the advantage of one of these being beneficially flooded Channel Country”. Roxborough Downs & Mudgerebar Station, Boulia, Qld 4829 FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Reno that needs to be seen to be believed It has several water points.As large as that is, it’s about a fifth of the size of one of the largest cattle stations in the country — Anna Creek which is about 5.8m acres, and Davenport Downs in Queensland which is 3.73m acres.The Roxborough Downs and Mudgerebar Station sale includes plant and the property has several bores and water points. The vendors are looking for expressions of interest.last_img read more

Offshore ReWIND: The Most Read News in the First Half of 2017

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first_imgTo remind you of just how interesting the first half of 2017 was, the Offshore WIND editorial staff compiled a list of the most read articles published during first six months of this year. Even though the industry has been notably active since the beginning of July as well, our team has decided to set the time parameter to end with 30 June and thus provide a new overview in addition to our annual Offshore ReWIND.Artificial North Sea Island Plan Moves AheadAfter presenting their vision of an artificial island acting as a power hub in June last year, TenneT took a step forward this March by signing a trilateral agreement – including TenneT Netherlands, TenneT Germany and Danish Energinet.dk – on developing the North Sea Wind Power Hub project.The so-called Power Link Island, presumably located in the shallow waters of Dogger Bank, will connect the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Norway and Belgium with the transmission cables simultaneously functioning as interconnectors between the energy markets of the six countries. The island will connect large wind farms located far offshore, allowing a potential total connection capacity of between 70,000MW and 100,000MW. This way, far-shore will become near-shore and the costs will be reduced. Staff, components and assembly workshops will be stationed on the island, therefore optimizing and simplifying complex offshore logistics. TenneT expects that the island could start operating by 2035 or 2040 if everything goes as planned.Germany Accepts First Subsidy-Free Offshore Wind Auction BidGermany’s Bundesnetzagentur selected three offshore wind projects by DONG Energy and one project by EnBW in the first auction for grid connections and funding for existing offshore wind farm projects, with at least one of the developers offering the lowest price bid of 0.00 Euro cents per kilowatt-hour. The average award price was 0.44 Euro cents per kWh, and the highest price accepted was 6.00 Euro cents per kWh. All four projects are in the North Sea.In July last year, DONG Energy also made headlines after the company won the rights to build Borssele I and II by submitting the lowest bid with an average price of 7.27 Euro cents per kilowatt hour – 5.1 Euro cents less than the originally estimated compensation.Boskalis’ Revamped Vessel Coming Up in 2018As of 2018, Boskalis will add a new self-propelled DP-2 crane vessel to its fleet, as the company has put Finesse, one of its semi-submersible heavy lift vessels, up for a conversion. After the upgrade, Finesse will be equipped with a 3,000t mast crane, dynamic positioning (DP2) and accommodation for up to 150 people, and will be capable of transporting and installing offshore wind turbine foundations. After the upgrade, Finesse will be equipped with a 3,000 tonne crane, dynamic positioning (DP2) capabilities, as well as accommodation for up to 150 people. The vessel, which is already berthed at Keppel Shipyard, will also be capable of transporting and installing offshore wind turbine foundations upon its completion in the third quarter of 2017.Boskalis mentioned the conversion of the vessel in October 2016, when it won a contract from DONG Energy for the transport and installation of the Hornsea Project One foundations, saying the converted vessel will be used on the projectSBM Offshore: Floating Wind Technology Is the Future (Interview)Pilot floating wind farm projects such as the ones recently approved in France provide floating technology developers with a chance to demonstrate that their products can be a part of the future energy mix, Joost Heemskerk, SBM Offshore’s Renewable Energy Product Line Director told Offshore WIND.MHI Vestas Launches 9.5 MW Offshore Wind TurbineMHI Vestas Offshore Wind launched the V164-9.5 MW wind turbine.Built on the industry-leading V164 turbine platform, the V164-9.5 MW wind turbine was launched by MHI Vestas on 6 June. The V164 platform’s 80-metre blades are already capturing wind energy on the Burbo Bank Extension wind farm off the coast of the UK. Just one single turbine is now capable of powering more than 8,300 UK homes.Siemens Wind Power CEO to Head Siemens-Gamesa Offshore BusinessOn 8 May, the Board of Directors appointed Markus Tacke as the company’s new CEO, with Michael Hannibal, former CEO of the offshore division at Siemens Wind Power, now CEO of Siemens Gamesa’s offshore business.The wind turbine market recently saw a giant being born after the merger of Siemens Wind Power and Gamesa, which now together have some 27,000 employees, 75GW installed globally, and an orderbook valued at around EUR 20 billion. In terms of offshore wind, the company concentrates on technology developed by Siemens, with the latest turbine having an 8MW capacity.Mating of Hywind Scotland Floating Turbines (Video)Statoil started assembling the turbines for the 30MW Hywind Scotland floating wind farm at the assembly site at the beginning of May. The same month, the first two of the five SPAR-type floating foundations arrived to the assembly base and were unloaded off Stord before being verticalized using ballast water and aggregates, reaching a draft of more than 75 metres.The turbines will lie moored in the fjord off Leirvik on Stord and undergo some final tests before being towed one by one to the field off the coast of Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The floating wind turbines will have a total height of 258 meters, with 178 metres of the structures floating above water, and the remaining 80 metres submerged underwater. The EUR 200 million project, owned by Statoil (75%) and Masdar (25%), is expected to be commissioned late this year.Denmark Makes Room for Testing 330m Tall Wind TurbinesDanish Government has approved the expansion of the national wind turbine test centres in Østerild and Høvsøre. Four new sites will be added, facilitating testing of turbines of up to 330 metres. Currently, the test centre at Høvsøre counts five and the one at Østerild seven sites for testing large wind turbines. Each centre will be expanded by two additional sites, thus leading Denmark to having a total of 16 sites where next-generation wind turbines can be tested. This will also allow for erecting turbines of up to 330 metres at the Østerild test centre and those of up to 200 metres at Høvsøre.In January last year, Megavind called for additional locations and facilities for testing wind energy technology and entered a dialogue with the Danish government to discuss possibilities to find additional prototype test sites. Megavind pointed out the need for 4-7 new test sites in Denmark to meet the growing demand for testing next-generation wind turbines.3sun Recruiting 100+ Technicians, Former O&G Workers Welcome to ApplyIn January, 3sun Group launched a recruitment campaign looking for more than 100 new technicians to service GBP 6 million worth of new and extended offshore and onshore wind farm contracts. The target of the campaign was local people with mechanical, inspection, instrumentation and electrical background who would re-train for roles on multi-client contracts in the UK and internationally.After completing the training at the 3sun Academy, they are now joining teams across the UK and Europe, with some earmarked for the “Made in Great Yarmouth” project at Great Yarmouth’s Outer Harbour. The 40-strong Galloper team is building the 56 6MW Siemens turbines for the wind farm at the purpose-built pre-assembly yard at Great Yarmouth port.DONG Explains the Thinking behind Subsidy-Free BidsDONG Energy revealed the factors behind the decision to place two zero subsidy bids in the first round of offshore wind auctions in Germany. DONG based the decision to submit the zero bids on several factors, including the ever-evolving technology, the location of the two wind farms, and certain changes in the German law.DONG also welcomed the extension of the project realisation window to 2024 by which the developer expects turbines with capacity of between 13MW and 15MW to be available on the market. With bigger turbines, the developer can increase electricity production while reducing the number of turbine positions at the same time.last_img read more