World’s first dedicated fatigue test facility for tidal turbine blades

Composite tidal turbine blades can now be stress tested at FastBlade, a new facility opened in Rosyth that will speed up the development of marine energy technologies.

In under three months FastBlade – a partnership between The University of Edinburgh and Babcock International Group International – will simulate the stresses placed on their tidal turbine blades during two decades at sea. To do so, Fastblade’s 75-tonne reaction frame will exert powerful forces on turbine blades over 50 feet long via a system of hydraulic cylinders.

In doing so, it will replicate the complex forces to which tidal turbines are exposed at sea using digital and hydraulic technology systems developed by engineers at Edinburgh University.
The facility, funded by EPSRC and Edinburgh University, has received support from Edinburgh Innovations, the University’s commercialisation service, throughout its development.

As well as tidal blades, FastBlade’s technology can also be used to test lightweight bridge sections and aircraft wing components. It is the first facility to open in a recently launched multi-partner innovation centre at Babcock’s Rosyth site.

The Arrol Gibb Innovation Campus (AGIC) will work with companies in the marine, nuclear power and energy-transition sectors to transform large-scale manufacturing through innovation and skills development.

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UK focuses on green technology as it seeks to revive shipbuilding sector

The UK government has committed over £200mn in seed funding to support the country’s green marine technology sector, as part of the government’s latest national shipbuilding strategy.

It aims to fund research and development to cut shipping’s emissions and support start-ups to help them establish themselves in the commercial shipbuilding market dominated by countries such as South Korea, Japan and China. to compete at the world level.

The £206 million funding package reflects Britain’s attempt to return to its position as a leading global commercial shipbuilder instead of focusing on high-margin technology that it abandoned decades ago.

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Royal Navy’s HMS Cutlass fast patrol craft completes initial trials

The vessel is one of two new boats to replace the Gibraltar Squadron Fast Patrol Craft.

The Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron’s first HPB-1900 high-speed patrol craft, HMS Cutlass, has successfully completed initial trials.

Announced by BMT, the trials demonstrated that the patrol boat surpassed the speed requirements and exceeded performance expectations.

BMT is working alongside Marine Specialised Technology Group (MST Group), which was awarded a £9m contract by the UK Ministry of Defence in July 2020.

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Unitrove officially announces world-first liquid hydrogen (LH2) bunkering facility for fuelling zero-emission ships.

At last nights National Maritime #COP26 official launch of the UK Marine Hydrogen Working Group, Steven Lua Unitrove officially announced the world-first liquid hydrogen (LH2) bunkering facility for fuelling zero-emission ships. 

The facility was unveiled today and provided the opportunity to physically see the facility up close and to discover how the technology works. Unitrove also launched its LH2X brand, showing how liquid hydrogen technologies can be more widely be applied to the aviation, road, rail, and industrial sectors. 

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Nova Innovation, Sabella forge tidal tie-up

Nova Innovation and SABELLA have announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two tidal energy technology companies.

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£36 million contract for new MOD Police Patrol Craft

A £36 million contract has been awarded to Marine Specialised Technology Group to deliver 18 new police patrol craft for the MOD and Gibraltar Defence Police (GDP) Forces.

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National Maritime Strengthens SME Support With Key Appointments

We are pleased to announce the further strengthening of our SME Maritime Working Group with the appointment of three new sector champions .

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Using Green Technology to Create an Eco-friendly Lido on the Thames

THAMES BATHS (BY STUDIO OCTOPI) Potted history of lidos on the Thames. Modern day plans for a sustainable lido.

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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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