A consortium comprising Keppel Offshore & Marine’s wholly-owned subsidiary Keppel FELS and Aibel AS has clinched a contract to develop offshore and onshore converter stations in Germany.

That peskiest of cabotage regimes, the almost 100-year-old ‘Jones Act’, US Federal legislation which reserves commerce along US coasts, and between the mainland, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Alaska for US built, owned and crewed vessels, has again come into the spotlight.

A ship propelled by rigid sail and solar power system, claimed to be the world’s first, is set to sail in 2018, after the completion of a feasibility study currently underway and sea trials utilising Fukuoka-based Eco Marine Power’s (EMP) Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) solution.

DP World has inked a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with renewable energy firm Masdar to collaborate on clean energy solutions for the port operator’s portfolio of ports and freezones in the Middle East and Africa.