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Giant Platform Bound for the North Sea

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Dol Win BetaA 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.

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Fourth Oasis Class Ordered

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Ocean of the SeasRoyal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, of Miami, has ordered a fourth Oasis class cruise ship from STX France, of St Nazaire, for delivery in 2018.

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Costa Concordia Sponson Collapses

Collapsed SponsonWithin days of being installed on the wreck of the cruise ship Costa Concordia, 114,137gt, the first sponson needed for the refloating operation collapsed and had to be removed and taken away for repairs.

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Seventeen Cranes Ordered From China for Liverpool2

ZPMC Cantilever CraneThe Peel Ports Group has signed a £100mn contract with the Shanghai-based Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co (ZPMC) for 17 cranes for the new £300mn Liverpool2 container port on the River Mersey at Seaforth which is due to open next year.

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Huge Welcome for First Shannon Lifeboat

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R and J WelburnThe first of the RNLI’s new Shannon class lifeboats in the southwest, the R and J Welburn, arrived at Exeter at 1303 on May 9 and she was escorted by the station’s two lifeboats, the Mersey class Margaret Jean, which she will replace, and the D-class inshore lifeboat George Bearman.

Exmouth RNLI Mechanic, Mark Sansom, who was on board the R and J Welburn, said: “As we approached the beach, I couldn’t believe the number of people who had turned out to welcome us home. We had been away for five days’ training and it was all well worth the effort to see the support’.

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First National Maritime Strategy Launched

UK National Maritime StrategyThe UK’S first national strategy for maritime security was launched by the Government on May 13. The Government said: “The strategy confirms our commitment to preserving the flow of maritime trade and upholding international maritime law.”

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