Yachting Monthly: A new offshore wind farm at Blyth, off the coast of Northumberland, has been approved and will be complete by the end of 2017.

 

A new offshore wind farm off the coast of Blyth in Northumberland has been approved for construction.

Work for the EDF Energy project has already begun onshore, and offshore work will start in 2017 to install five turbines with a total of 41.5MW capacity.  It is anticipated that the turbines will provide enough low carbon electricity to power 33 000 homes. The project has permission for a maximum total generating capacity of almost 100 MW. More turbines will be added at a later date.

The power generated by the wind farm will be supplied to an electricity substation at Blyth for transmission to the National Grid. At its peak there will be around 200 people working on the project.

The Blyth Offshore wind project will be built by EDF Energy Renewables, a 50-50 UK joint venture between EDF Energies Nouvelles and EDF Energy. It plans to complete construction of the first five turbines in 2017.

The windfarm will use state-of-the-art ‘gravity base’ foundation, which will be large pre-fabriacted concrete structures that will be built on the Tyne, floated into location and sunk.

Matthieu Hue, EDF Energy Renewables CEO, said:

‘As a company, we already have a strong presence in the North East, in low carbon electricity generation and serving customers including our first offshore wind farm at Teesside so we’re pleased to be able to add another project to our portfolio in the region. We are delighted that the gravity based foundations will be made in Newcastle. The Port of Blyth will be used for operations and maintenance and the blades for the turbines will be made on the Isle of Wight.’

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Yachting Monthly World: Sailors, beach-goers and other water users are being asked to help out with the Great British Beach Clean from 16-19 September 2016.

 

The Marine Conservation Society is asking for sailors, as well as other beach-lovers to volunteer to join them on the beaches for the Great British Beach Clean in September.

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) wants to tackle the huge quantity of litter washing up on the UK’s shores, and the charity says it cannot do it without public support. They urgently need volunteers to take part in the UK’s biggest beach clean and litter survey, which takes place on the third weekend in September.

In 2015, just over 6,000 volunteers cleaned 340 beaches, recording the largest amount of litter per kilometre – a staggering 3,298 pieces.

MCS Beachwatch Manager, Lauren Eyles says it’s crucial we do something to tackle rising litter levels:

‘Over the last decade, we’ve recorded a huge hike in the amount of litter found on our beaches – up by over 65 per cent. We need help and anyone can simply volunteer to take part.’

This year’s MCS Great British Beach Clean takes place on the 16, 17, 18, and 19 September, and will involve thousands of volunteers taking to the beaches all and around the UK coast. They’ll clean up and record the rubbish they find. The event is being supported by the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said:

‘It’s really important for everyone to learn about the dangers of marine litter and I’m delighted that players of People’s Postcode Lottery are supporting the Marine Conservation Society who are tackling this important cause. I would urge anyone who has the time to spare to take part in this beach clean.”

Some of our best-loved marine wildlife is under threat from hazardous litter in our seas. Hundreds of species of marine wildlife accidentally eat, or become tangled up in litter – and it’s also hazardous to people.

Find out more at www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch  or telephone 01989 566017.

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is the UK charity dedicated to the protection of our seas, shores and wildlife. MCS campaigns for clean seas and beaches, sustainable fisheries, and protection of marine life. Through education, community involvement and collaboration, MCS raises awareness of the many threats that face our seas and promotes individual, industry and government action to protect the marine environment.

MCS provides information and guidance on many aspects of marine conservation and produces the annual Good Beach Guide, the Good Fish Guide on sustainable seafood, as well as promoting public participation in volunteer projects such as The Great British Beach Clean and Basking Shark Watch. www.mcsuk.org

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Yachting Monthly: Sailors, beach-goers and other water users are being asked to help out with the Great British Beach Clean from 16-19 September 2016.

The Marine Conservation Society is asking for sailors, as well as other beach-lovers to volunteer to join them on the beaches for the Great British Beach Clean in September.

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) wants to tackle the huge quantity of litter washing up on the UK’s shores, and the charity says it cannot do it without public support. They urgently need volunteers to take part in the UK’s biggest beach clean and litter survey, which takes place on the third weekend in September.

In 2015, just over 6,000 volunteers cleaned 340 beaches, recording the largest amount of litter per kilometre – a staggering 3,298 pieces.

MCS Beachwatch Manager, Lauren Eyles says it’s crucial we do something to tackle rising litter levels:

‘Over the last decade, we’ve recorded a huge hike in the amount of litter found on our beaches – up by over 65 per cent. We need help and anyone can simply volunteer to take part.’

This year’s MCS Great British Beach Clean takes place on the 16, 17, 18, and 19 September, and will involve thousands of volunteers taking to the beaches all and around the UK coast. They’ll clean up and record the rubbish they find. The event is being supported by the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said:‘

It’s really important for everyone to learn about the dangers of marine litter and I’m delighted that players of People’s Postcode Lottery are supporting the Marine Conservation Society who are tackling this important cause. I would urge anyone who has the time to spare to take part in this beach clean.”

Some of our best-loved marine wildlife is under threat from hazardous litter in our seas. Hundreds of species of marine wildlife accidentally eat, or become tangled up in litter – and it’s also hazardous to people.

Find out more at www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch  or telephone 01989 566017.

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is the UK charity dedicated to the protection of our seas, shores and wildlife. MCS campaigns for clean seas and beaches, sustainable fisheries, and protection of marine life. Through education, community involvement and collaboration, MCS raises awareness of the many threats that face our seas and promotes individual, industry and government action to protect the marine environment.

See article at Yachting Monthly

Motorboat & Yachting: The Perpetuus project to harness tidal energy off the Isle of Wight will be going ahead after receiving MMO approval.

 

The Isle of Wight looks set to become the site of the UK’s largest tidal energy centre as part of a new project called Perpetuus.

Located in a 5km2 area off St Catherine’s Point (pictured above), the Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre (PTEC) should generate a peak power output of 30MW.

Approval for the onshore development was granted by the Isle of Wight Council last year, and this week the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) gave its approval for the offshore infrastructure to be built.

Project director Mark Francis said: “We are delighted with the decision. PTEC will be pivotal to the future growth and success of the UK’s tidal energy industry.”

PTEC has been in development since 2010 and now the developers hope to be able to begin construction in 2017, with a view to generating electricity by the end of 2018.

The tidal energy project has worked closely with boating organisations and the organisers of the Round the Island Race to ensure minimal disruption.

What’s more, PTEC chairman Rob Stevens (pictured right) has strong links to the boating community, having worked as CEO of the British Marine Federation from 2005-2012.

Mr Francis added: “We now look forward to working with the MMO, local planning authority and all relevant stakeholders in completing the final development phase before we begin construction.”

See article at Motorboat & Yachting

Motorboat & Yachting: The Cayman authorities are considering prosecuting Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen for coral reef damages after his superyacht Tatoosh was linked to extensive reef damage in the Caribbean.

 

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen could find himself in trouble with the authorities of the Cayman Islands, who are investigating coral reef damage done to a 14,000ft2 stretch.

Paul Allen’s 303ft superyacht Tatoosh has been anchored close to the Doc Poulson wreck and The Knife dive site when this coral reef damage occurred.

The local Department of Environment told the Cayman News Service that more than 80% of the coral in this specific area had been damaged by the superyacht’s anchor chain.

A spokesperson has also told the local news: “In addition to assessing the damage and determining the cause of this incident, we are also paying close attention to lessons learned so that we can more effectively prevent these accidents while still hosting visiting yachts.”

However, a statement from Paul Allen’s communications team suggests that he is not taking responsibility and argues that his crew were simply following orders from the local port authority when choosing this anchorage.

It seems that prevailing winds required the superyacht to change its position and the crew took evasive actions to avoid any further damage.

The Cayman News Service cites that although fines can be levied against owners for coral reef damage, two recent examples of cruise ships causing coral reef damage and avoiding prosecution by making local donations to local marine conservations.

Paul Allen’s superyacht, Tatoosh was launched in June 2000 by German boatyard Nobiskrug and was purchased in 2001 for a reported price of $100million.

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Motorboat & Yachting: Superyachts built in North America and the Caribbean will have comply with a new emissions limit on NOx emissions from next year.

 

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) is cracking down on superyacht NOx emissions, with a new limit due to be imposed next year.

The new Tier III limit on NOx emissions is 74% lower than the outgoing Tier II and will apply to all vessels built in the USA and Caribbean from January 1 2016.

This is likely to hit the superyacht industry hardest, as the limit only applies to recreational vessels that measure more than 24m in length, weigh more than 500 tonnes, and have engines with a total power output in excess of 130KW (excluding emergency back-ups).

And with the widespread trend towards driving down gross tonnage, the IMO has stipulated that the weight limit will be removed from the regulations in 2021.

Peter van der Heijden, managing director at NPS Diesel, told Yachting Pages: “Many technologies already comply with PM (soot) and NOx regulations, and the marine industry has fallen behind, it is the last in the row.”

He added that such restrictions are likely to be applied to the Mediterranean within the next twelve months, which could drive up costs for the big yards.

According to Mr van der Heijden, potential ways to comply with the latest NOx emissions include using advanced no-soot diesel filters that have been widespread in the automotive industry for many years now.

See article at Motorboat & Yachting

Yachting Boating World: Construction has started on the first New York Marina in more than 20 years, with a spring 2016 opening planned.

 

It has been over 20 years since the last opening of a New York Marina, but it seems that One 15 Brooklyn is now set to arrive in 2016.

The new facility, which is currently under construction, is situated between Piers 4 and 5 of Brooklyn Bridge Park.

The SUTL GROUP and Edgewater Resources, who hope to host a grand opening in spring 2016, are developing the three-project.

The completed New York Marina will feature 102 berths measuring from 16ft to 250ft in length, all of which will be protected by a 5.2m wide Marinetek concrete breakwater.

A quarter of the berths will be reserved for the Community Dock, which will provide free and affordable boating experiences for local groups.

Arthur Tay, chairman of SUTL Group, said: “We identified the perfect opportunity in Brooklyn with the vibrant, lush public spaces of Brooklyn Bridge Park, Manhattan skyline backdrop and open water.

Regina Myer, president of Brooklyn Bridge Park, added: “In New York City we are surrounded by water yet there are so few opportunities to interact with the harbour.

“This marina with its robust free and low cost programming, makes the waterfront accessible in new ways to even more New Yorkers and puts Brooklyn on the map for the global boating community.”

See article at Yachting Boating World

Pratical Boat Owner: The Port of Ramsgate has just completed the installation of a new pontoon system thanks to EU funding. The pontoons are situated in the Western Gulley of the Royal Harbour Marina, between the Commercial Quay and West Pier. Historically.

 

This area has been dedicated for sole use by Ramsgate Small Boat Owners Association (RSBOA) offering lower cost moorings for smaller vessels.

Mooring of these small boats was previously provided through a matrix of anchored mooring chains known as a ‘chain trot mooring system’ that frequently required difficult and costly repairs by volunteers.

The complexity of these chains lying on the seabed also complicated any dredging, with entanglement of riser chains making it a time consuming and expensive exercise.

The new pontoon system consists of a primary walkway spine pontoon 46m long, with eight secondary finger pontoons to create eight bays for the safe mooring of 30 boats berthed in a Mediterranean style basis.

The pontoons are constructed using galvanised steel frames, concrete encapsulated floatation units and GRP anti slip decking supplied by Solent Marine Ltd and have a design life of 25 years.

The configuration of the modular pontoon units optimises the water space available within the designated area, providing safer berthing and access for vessels.

The new pontoons were purchased with match funding from a European Interreg funding stream called Yacht Valley. The existing chain removal, dredging and installation was funded by Thanet District Council.

The harbour maintenance team worked closely with the crew of the MV Mannin to combine annual maintenance dredging with a technically challenging installation.

Following the installation of a new heavy duty chain and sinker mooring system to stabilise any movement of the new pontoons, the system has been monitored over a period of tidal cycles to ensure it maintains its line and position.

Now final tests are complete and safety ladders fitted, RSBOA will fit their own solar powered, low energy LED lighting within the walkway decking as an additional safety feature on the pontoons.

RSBOA spokesman Michael Hart said: ‘The Ramsgate Small Boat Owners Association wish to express their gratitude to the Harbour Master and his staff for our new pontoon mooring system. This will not only simplify mooring for our members, but will also make it easier to maintain a sufficient depth of water at all times.’

Cabinet member for operational services, Councillor Hunter Stummer-Schmertzing said: ‘Improving facilities for all our users is a top priority for us and I am thrilled that these pontoons will enhance moorings for small boat owners, and even enable new people to experience our facilities.

‘These new pontoons are the second set to have been installed this year and are another development in our exciting plans for the future of Ramsgate Port, as detailed in our Maritime Plan.’

Members of RSBOA are delighted with the new facilities and have now relocated their boats back from the temporary berths provided by Port of Ramsgate in the Western Outer Marina, whilst construction works were carried out.

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Practical Boat Owner: Cruising Association members have reported that small yachts are being chased by boats carrying migrants from Libya to Europe.

 

An estimated 600,000 migrants are waiting to cross from Libya to Europe. Under the cover of darkness, boats leave the African continent full of desperate refugees but the CA is advising boaters in the area to be wary, stand clear and inform the relevant Search and Rescue service.

Hundreds of unseaworthy boats with too many people on-board are making the crossing to Italy, Malta and Greece on a daily basis. Many of the boats are lost at sea, a few are intercepted, but those that do make it across, dump the passengers up to half a mile from the beaches, forcing them to swim the final part of their journey.

A spokesman for the CA said: ‘There are reports of small yachts being chased by migrant boats. Amongst the genuine migrants are almost certainly a number of traffickers who will not want you giving away their position, and may even try to commandeer your yacht to save themselves.

‘Not only would this place you in some danger but most of us are neither trained nor equipped to deal with this number of desperate people.

Our advice would be to alter course away from any migrant vessel and to only make a VHF call when several miles away – preferably over their horizon.”

CA member, Vyv Cox, said: ‘Friends anchored on the east coast of Symi were awoken by the sounds of people struggling in the water.

‘They were immigrants who had been dumped in the water a few hundred yards offshore, the traffickers making off rapidly.

‘Our friends helped many of these people using their dinghy but were later charged by the coastguard with being the traffickers!  It took them quite a lot of discussion to prove their innocence.’

Another CA member pointed out: In every case [in Greece at least], you should note that, in principle, it is forbidden to carry onboard anyone else other than those specifically mentioned in a yacht’s crew list. In a rescue situation, skippers will have to provide assistance, but only after they inform the authorities, as they risk their yacht being confiscated up until proven extra passengers onboard were part of a rescue operation, not human trafficking.

‘If a small yacht picks up migrants (or anyone for that matter) at sea without first informing the Greek authorities the yacht owner runs the risk of being prosecuted as a people trafficker and the confiscation of their boat. Similar rules may also exist in Italy?’

With so many boats crossing though the well-trodden Mediterranean, there is a chance blue water cruisers will come across one of these boats. However, while it may be human nature to help, care should be taken to ensure the safety of those on board the pleasure boat.

See article at Practical Boat Owner

Motorboat & Yachting: Scottish yacht haven Campbeltown Marina has announced that it has complete a major upgrade of its facilities.

 

Boaters visiting Scotland this summer will be able to take advantage of the upgraded facilities at Campbeltown Marina (pictured above), which has recently completed an improvement project.

The Argyll and Bute marina now offers 54 berths from a new U-shaped pontoon configuration that allows room for boats measuring up to 33-metres.

Extensive dredging has also extended the basin area, which is fully accessible even at low tide. Situated on the sheltered east coast of the Kintyre peninsula, Campebeltown Marina also boasts a brand new shower and toilet block, as well as free Wi-Fi.

Speaking in advance of the grand opening on June 27, marina manager Calum Lawson said: “I’m really looking forward to welcoming visitors to this fantastic new facility.

“Campbeltown is a perfect destination in a prime location for a quick stopover or longer stay and can provide everything a visitor could require,” he added.

Local attractions include six golf courses, the 100-mile Kintyre Way walking route and the Mull of Kintyre itself, as well as horse riding, fishing and diving.

Rates at Campbeltown marina start from £15 per night for boats under 7m, while annual berths cost from £130 per metre.

See article at Motorboat & Yachting

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