UK Consortium Launches SOV Design Concept

The Diamond Consortium of James Fisher and Sons plc and the UK shipowner, Graig Shipping PLC, has unveiled what is described as ”a pioneering service operation vessel (SOV) design concept.”

The ULSTEIN TWIN X-STERN, named ULSTEIN SX221 Diamond SOV, is expected to support the UK’s target of 50 GW of offshore wind energy generation by 2030, as part of its Net Zero Strategy.

The concept is said to be the result of extensive collaboration by the Diamond Consortium, with support from DNV – Maritime and design partner, Ulstein Design & Solutions B.V.

The result is expected to provide a future-proof design to address the increased demand for SOVs, reduce the levelised cost of energy, and deliver high levels of operability, personnel comfort, and sustainability.

The Diamond Consortium is currently in discussion with major shipyard groups to reach specifications in conjunction with valued customers, with the first vessel capable of being completed by the end of 2024.

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Regeneration of former Coryton oil refinery site will create 5,500 new jobs and expected to add £350 million per year to the local economy.

Thames Enterprise Park, a joint venture between ALMCOR and Greenergy, has been given the green light from Thurrock Council for one of the most significant brownfield regeneration projects in the South East of England.

Thames Enterprise Park will revive the former Coryton oil refinery site, initially delivering 3.7 million sq ft of advanced logistics, advanced manufacturing and next-generation energy technology uses. It will create up to 5,500 new jobs.

The development is expected to add more than £350 million per year to the local economy ultimately growing to more than £3.5 billion. It will transform 412 acres of brownfield land into a new commercial district with the first plots expected to be ready for development during 2023.

The development will have sustainability at its core and will comprise state-of-the-art construction to the highest standards of energy efficiency. It will help occupiers to deliver on ESG requirements and feature next generation energy technologies that contribute to the decarbonisation agenda.

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Fisheries and Seafood Scheme Re-Launches

The Fisheries and Seafood Scheme has been relaunched this week to help support the long-term sustainability, resilience, and prosperity of the seafood sector across England.

Following the initial success of the scheme, which first opened last year, at least £6 million in funding has been secured every year until April 2025, providing long term investment to the sector.

The scheme will continue to fund projects that boost business resilience and increase sustainability across our world-class fishing industry, further strengthening support for food producers across the catching, processing and aquaculture sectors.

You can find out more about the scheme, including how to apply, here

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Welsh Net Zero Centre Launched

RWE has launched the Pembroke Net Zero Centre (PNZC) as a major initiative towards decarbonisation.

With Pembroke Power Station located at its heart, the PNZC will draw on extensive knowledge and expertise to demonstrate a pathway towards decarbonisation.

RWE is already Wales’ largest power generator from both gas and renewables, with 12 sites that include onshore and offshore wind and hydro.

The PNZC will work with hundreds of RWE experts across domestic and international businesses in generation, renewables and trading, looking at the deployment of state-of-the-art technologies to help decarbonise the region and support Wales’ roadmap to Net Zero by 2050.

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Excited To Announce Our New Co-Chair of National Maritime’s SME Maritime Working Group

Tim Munn – Consultant for Iconsys and XDMC

As we continue to rethink and transform the global supply chain model to help best drive trade and growth on behalf of UK maritime SMEs, I am delighted that our Maritime Sustainability Technology Champion Tim Munn will be co-chairing with our future SME Maritime Working Group meetings.

The purpose of the SME Maritime Working Group is to bring together the best specialists or ‘sector champions’ to examine key issues, make valuable connections, share best practices and suggest improved approaches to develop strong sustainable supply chains and encourage a collaborative approach for the long-term success of the whole sector.

South London born but brought up on the Isle of Wight, Tim moved up north to start his career as an electrical engineer. After a whirlwind romance in Brazil, where he met and married his wife of 15 years, he moved back to the UK and settled down to bring up their two boys. In 2006 he started working for ABB – offshore & marine, as an engineer and progressed to a senior position there in business development. With many years of experience under his belt he has now embarked on a new chapter of his career, consulting for Iconsys – Automated Technology Solutions and XDM Controls. He resides in Doncaster now, indulging his hobby of home automation systems, when he has a spare minute, and looks forward to travelling back to his second home in Southern Brazil as soon as he is can.

As an industry stalwart, Tim is a great champion of our cause and this new position will see him broadening his skills further.

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