The opening conference at Nor-Shipping sought to try and illuminate the disruption that shipping faces with opinions from both industry and non-industry voices. For the generally very practically minded shipping executive the presentations took us on a voyage to platform pirates and unicorns.
Though infrastructure sometimes makes it into the US news, perhaps more now as Donald Trump seeks to make it a signature issue, ports and port planning are generally at the less exciting end of the maritime spectrum, however, the offshore wind sector is whipping up some interest.
International Car Operators, a subsidiary of NYK, will install up to 11 wind turbines in the grounds of its finished car logistics terminal in Zeebrugge.
The offshore wind sector has received a major boost with Dong Energy’s announcement yesterday that it is to proceed with plans to construct the world’s largest wind farm, the Hornsea Project One, to be built 75 miles off the coast of Yorkshire, UK.
Offshore wind farm installation provider A2SEA believes an imbalance between supply and demand will level off in the next two – three years, and is eyeing expansion into Asia.
Ulstein Verft has signed a contract with Bernhard Schulte for two service operation vessels (SOVs), the first of the Ulstein SX175 "X-Stern" design.
For the many ports and regions around the UK which have been pinning their hopes on big opportunities from the Round 3 offshore wind farm developments, it has been a tricky situation trying to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. That is mainly because the rainbow's end has continued to move into the distance, thanks to uncertainties over government subsidies and the developers' consequent reluctance to commit themselves.