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Massachusetts Institutions Get Grants for Offshore Wind Workforce Training

Massachusetts coast in the coming years, these grants will leverage the Commonwealth’s workforce strengths and foster critical training and educational programs that establish career pathways into this new industry.”Massachusetts state law seeks to have 3,200 MW of offshore wind providing electricity to the Commonwealth by 2035, which could represent over 20% of electricity consumed in the state.First Major US Offshore Wind Farm Reaches Permitting Milestone“Expanding training and educational programs for the offshore wind industry will pave the way for the Commonwealth’s talented

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The Emerging U.S. Offshore Wind Industry in a Post-COVID-19 World

to take off in the United States, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced one more significant layer of uncertainty upon an already very complicated playing field. There are currently 15 active offshore wind projects in the planning stages which, if completed, could add approximately 25 gigawatts of electricity to the power grid.The State of PlayThings were hard enough already. Cape Wind, the United States’ first – and very ambitious – 130 turbine offshore wind project, died under its own weight after years-long delays caused its energy providers to end power supply contracts for the

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Caterpillar Names Bonfield CFO

officer (CFO) effective September 1, 2018. Bonfield will succeed Brad Halverson, whose retirement became effective May 4, 2018.Bonfield brings more than three decades of financial expertise to the role, most recently serving as Group CFO and board member of National Grid plc, a British multinational electricity and gas utility company.Prior to Bonfield's eight years at National Grid, he was CFO at British confectionary company Cadbury plc. From 2002 to 2008, he was executive vice president and CFO of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, an American pharmaceutical company. Bonfield's other experience

Siemens May Cut Jobs in Power Turbine Business Overhaul

restructuring measures at specific businesses. Siemens has highlighted weakness at both the Power and Gas and the Process Industries divisions, indicating that restructuring was potentially in the pipeline. The Power and Gas business is struggling with lower worldwide demand for the large electricity generating turbines that Siemens specialises in, which finance chief Ralf Thomas has said is a structural rather than a temporary problem. The division reported a 41 percent drop in orders and a worse than expected 23 percent fall in profits in its fiscal third quarter that ended in June. Process

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Parpala Joins The Switch

for these demands.”   The Switch manufactures Permanent Magnet (PM) machines that, in conjunction with frequency converters, convert mechanical energy into electric power that can then be utilized for on-board systems and equipment. Its PM shaft generators create cost-effective electricity and save fuel – allowing, for example, large merchant vessels to consume potentially 50 percent less energy during slow steaming.   “The Switch is relatively new to marine, having entered the market around four years ago,” Parpala noted, “but its technology is tried

Caleb and chef Serge Nzembele in the galley of Africa Mercy, a floating hospital. (Photo courtesy of Caleb Biney)

Living Life Aboard a Floating Hospital

Corps. He reports “news for kids, by kids” from onboard Mercy Ships in Africa.   My parents volunteer for Mercy Ships. Founded in 1978 by Don and Deyon Stephens of Lindale, Texas, the organization utilizes hospital ships to serve people in West Africa. Vessels provide clean water, electricity, and free surgical care to people living in poverty.  I have lived on the Africa Mercy since I was six months old. My father, Joseph, works in the engineering department, and my mother, Agnes, is in human resources.    “I find it interesting and full of adventure,&rdquo

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UK Minister Calls for Investment in Maritime

ports in the UK. Delegates were fascinated to learn more about Liverpool2, a new £300 million deepwater container terminal.   David Jones, Project Director of Marine Energy Pembrokeshire, discussed new ways of harnessing tidal power to provide a secure and sustainable source of renewable electricity with efficiency and minimal impact on the environment.   Andy White, CEO and Managing Director, CTruk Group, spoke about reinvigorating the historic boatbuilding industry in his hometown through the establishment of CTruk Boats, producers of robust multipurpose work platforms.   

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Great Lakes Group in 2016 Hiring Push

current and prospective employees.    Robert Shamp – New Construction Electrical Systems Manager Robert Shamp brings his passion for electronics and over 30 years of experience in the shipyard industry to Great Lakes Shipyard. Shamp explains, “I have always been fascinated by electricity and electronics – how it works and why – the engineering of it all.”     Justin Fortney – Quality Manager Justin Fortney, a United States Navy Veteran, brings over 13 years of experience as a Nuclear Machinist and Quality Assurance Specialist to Great Lakes

Stephen Bolton (Photo: Bibby Marine Services Limited)

Bibby Marine Services Names Bolton Operations Director

Bibby Marine Services, owners of the recently commissioned Service Operations Vessel (SOV) for offshore wind farm operators, Bibby WaveMaster 1, has announced the appointment of Stephen Bolton as Operations Director.    Bolton brings over 20 years of electricity industry experience to the role, having worked at wind farms (including North Hoyle, Barrow, Lynn and Inner Dowsing, Thanet, Rhyl Flats and Gwynt y Mor), and in senior roles at electricity companies such as RWE and Centrica.   Stephen Blaikie, Chief Executive Officer of Bibby Marine Services, commented, “This appointment

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The Human Aspect of the Autonomous Ship

who has advised the European Union on Sustainability, among other things, we are in the midst of a ‘Third Industrial Revolution.’ It is here where information technology and new energy sources are upending business models that have thrived since the second iteration – the era of electricity, fossil fuels and mass production in central locations. The maritime world has seen numerous glimpses into the future, with technologists offering their visions on ships of the future, often driven by both economics and the emissions of energy. Though the implications for shipping are profound

Ian Tyler, Chairman of Cairn

Cairn Energy Appoints Two Directors

JV with BG Group.  Keith is currently a non-executive director and chairman of the audit committee of Rockhopper Exploration PLC, and a non-executive director of Papua Mining PLC and Rock Solid Images PLC. He is also a non-executive director and chairman of the audit committee of the UK Gas and Electricity Markets Authority, which has supervisory responsibility for Ofgem. Peter Kallos Peter Kallos completed an undergraduate degree in Applied Physics at Strathclyde University followed by a postgraduate degree in Petroleum Engineering, starting his career as a Petroleum Engineer at Marathon

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Bureau Veritas Selects New Offshore Lead

Veritas’ technical leadership and recognition in this market.   Matthieu de Tugny graduated from the Ecole Nationale de la Marine Marchande, France and from the Ecole Supérieure d'Electricité, France as an engineer. He started his career at Bureau Veritas in 1994 in the Electricity and Automation Section. After experience in Korea, he was appointed, in 2000, as Containership and Bulk Carrier Manager. In 2002, he became Chief Executive for Marine France. In 2007, he was appointed Marine Chief Executive for the United States and Canada. Since 2012, Matthieu de Tugny has been

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Report: Dire Conditions in Indian Shipbreaking Yards

; while the profit margins for both the yard owners and the contractors providing the labor force are extremely high. Dr Sahu reports that the approximately 35,000 unorganized migrant workers at Alang continue to live in shanty dwellings without adequate facilities for drinking water, sanitation and electricity. The authorities have set up only 12 showers and six toilets. As a result, “workers are forced to defecate in the open.”   Official figures accessed by TISS report at least 470 fatal accidents in the yards since they were first set up in 1983, making shipbreaking one of the

Sub station in France

Schneider Looks at 130 Job-cuts in France

the segment's staff by a third, a company spokesman told Reuters. Talks with labour representatives over a redundancy plan will start in December, the spokesman said, confirming a planned restructuring that the CFDT metal workers' union condemned in a statement on Thursday. Substations carry electricity from power plants and transmission lines and transform it from high to lower voltage to distribute it to consumers and firms. A sluggish economic backdrop in Europe has prompted companies to slash their capital spending, while belt-tightening from governments has weighed on public investment

Temples Burma Bagan Plain: Photo CCL

ABB Back in Burma After 20-Years

, ABB’s Head of Global Markets. 

 Myanmar’s gross domestic product has risen by an annual average of 7.3 percent since 2012, while this year, foreign direct investment is expected to grow 6.8% from $2.7 billion. Over 70 percent of Myanmar’s people do not have access to reliable electricity.
 The World Bank has committed to investing US$1 billion to support the expansion of electricity generation, transmission and distribution over the next 15 years, while development partners of the Asian Development Bank estimate that $18 billion in energy investments would be required through

‘Boot Camp’ Trains Students for Natural Gas Jobs

who pass all pre-employment testing will be offered related positions with Consumers Energy. The next natural gas boot camp will begin this fall.    Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.5 million of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties. Oakland Schools, one of 56 intermediate school districts (ISDs) in Michigan, was established in 1962. ISDs are regional service agencies that offer support services to school personnel that are best delivered

Wisconsin Energy to Buy Integrys

at $68.62 in afternoon trading after touching a life-high of $70.61. Wisconsin Energy's shares were down 2.5 percent at $45.76. Including debt, the deal is valued at $9.1 billion. HIGHER GROWTH The combined company, to be named WEC Energy Group Inc, will serve more than 4.3 million gas and electricity customers in Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota. WEC Energy, which will be the eighth largest natural gas distribution company in the United States, will also hold a 60 percent stake in American Transmission Co, a transmission-only utility. WEC Energy could take American Transmission

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