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Bibby Marine Services has signed a contract with Damen Shipyards for Bibby WaveMaster 1, its first Service Operations Vessel (SOV) with walk-to-work access.

Offshore energy supply services company Seacat Services has ordered two 27 m and two 23 m catamarans from local yard South Boats IoW (Isle of Wight) for the UK and German offshore wind industries.

The Port of Cherbourg is making 100ha of quay space available to the renewable sector, due to be completed during Q2 2016.

Offshore vessel operator Seacat has placed a £6m ($9m) order with South Boats IOW for two 24 m crew-transfer vessels.

A joint venture subsidiary of Shanghai Zhenhua Shipping and Shenzhen’s Profundo Offshore Contractor has sealed a five-year charter deal with Offshore Logistics Company (OLC) for its offshore construction vessel.

Offshore wind power has the potential to supply clean, affordable energy and has a role to play in solving energy security issues, but its rapid development is causing challenges for those who have invested in installation vessels.

Switzerland’s ABB has installed the world’s most powerful offshore wind connector station, in a three-day operation in the North Sea.

DNV has launched a significant revision to the rules for wind farm service vessels (WFSV) to improve the safety of these specialised vessels which are undertaking multiple roles further and further offshore. The announcement was made at the Seawork exhibition and forum which is taking place between 25 and 27 June in Southampton, UK.

UK-based Seajacks International has placed an order with Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) to create the largest offshore wind-farm installation vessel in the world.

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