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Giant Platform Bound for the North Sea
HMS Protector on Standby
New Start for Balmoral
Liverpool Wins Race for Largest RoRo/Container Ships

A massive platform that will be used in the German part of the North Sea has been completed by Drydocks World, of Dubai.

The DolWin Beta is the world’s largest capacity high voltage direct current (HVDC) offshore converter platform and when in service, the unmanned platform will be remotely controlled and managed.

The platform is one of the main components of TenneT’s 900 mw dc offshore grid connection DolWin2 which will connect large offshore wind farms in the North Sea.

In a departure from her usual tasking around the Falkland Islands and Antarctica the ice patrol ship HMS Protector was, at the time of writing, conducting a survey mission in the much more agreeable surroundings of the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean.

The ship has also been equipped with specialist humanitarian aid and disaster relief equipment and personnel ahead of the expected hurricane season in the region.

In April I reported Balmoral would not be operating again this year as funds were being sought in order to dry-dock her to assess the cost of recertification for operation in 2015.

Well, excellent progress was made and the evidence is here to see in the images of her in dry-dock at Sharpness, and her triumphant return down the wide Severn and into the Avon, under the Clifton Bridge and back into Bristol.

More exciting news from the Peel Ports Group, Atlantic Container Line (ACL) has chosen the Port of Liverpool as the UK port of call for its new five-strong fleet of the world’s largest RORO/container ships (CONROs) after a review of potential schedules, market potential and opportunities for its North Atlantic Services.

Peel Ports Group retained the transatlantic services and will make a £10million investment in Liverpool to widen the Seaforth Passage and create a dedicated car storage area capable of handling 70,000 vehicles per year.

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