Email News December 2017

Welcome to the December 2017 Email Newsletter from Marine South East

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Posted 2017-11-08 12:09:19

Marine South East leads new project looking at large offshore floating platforms

Marine South East has been successful in gaining funding for a collaborative project called OPEC, (Offshore Platform which aims to validate the technical and economic feasibility of large floating offshore platforms that can support multiple marine energy devices and other compatible revenue generating activities.

It is acknowledged that foundations costs impose a large cost burden on today's offshore wind and wave energy systems. The OPEC project is addressing the critical cost by advancing a novel concept that would replace traditional foundations, and achieve a 20% reduction in the cost of energy produced by these systems.

OPEC comprises a large floating structure, fabricated cost-effectively in reinforced concrete modules, designed to support multiple wind and wave devices and also aquaculture facilities. This sharing of foundation costs across multiple facilities means that unit costs are significantly reduced.

The project is also exploring deployment of such systems in developing island states and isolated coastal communities, which currently suffer from very high electricity costs, and which would benefit economically from new aquaculture production. Such deployment would also provide valuable demonstration of OPEC, to enhance it credibility to investors in UK and other developed markets. To expand accessible markets, OPEC has also been conceived to suit fabrication, deployment and operation in locations lacking major port infrastructure, including developing states (esp. sub-Saharan Africa) which require investment in new generating capacity.

Previous work on Multi-Use Platforms, MUPs, for wind and wave energy, suggest that such schemes are technically feasible, but not yet justified by the economics. In parallel, work on large floating caissons for breakwaters and advances in super large modular construction (ships, carriers etc) has proved the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of such structures.

OPEC will integrate these advances into a novel, economically-viable solution for marine energy MUPs. It will show how non-energy revenues (aquaculture) can contribute to shared foundation costs to drive down Levelised Cost of Energy (LCoE) for the platform's wind and wave energy facilities, by an estimated 20%.

OPEC is co-funded through the Energy Catalyst Early Stage Feasibility fund from Innovate UK.

Posted 2017-11-21 09:49:18

Making Marine and Maritime Science Count, COLUMBUS Conference 24th January 2018, Brussels

This important event will be an international forum to bring together partners, collaborators and interested parties to highlight Knowledge Transfer case studies and lessons learned through the work performed by the COLUMBUS project.

This final COLUMBUS annual event will provide an opportunity to discover and celebrate the COLUMBUS Knowledge Transfer methodology and its activities. This international event will also host the launch of the COLUMBUS Knowledge Transfer handbook and recommendations for European and National funding agencies to embed Knowledge Transfer systems in current and future funding mechanisms.

Training on the COLUMBUS Knowledge Transfer methodology will be offered and will be targeted towards scientists and project managers.

The conference will take place 23rd and 24th January 2018 in Brussels.

Target Audiences:
Knowledge generators including researchers, consultants and scientists; users of marine and maritime research outputs from industry, policy, science and society; funding agencies; and, research and higher education organisations.

Winners of the COLUMBUS Blue Society award for impactful Knowledge Transfer will be announced at this event.

To register interest for the event or for specific information on the COLUMBUS project, contact the COLUMBUS Project Manager: or visit

Posted 2017-11-21 11:34:25

Are you involved with apprentice training in the ports and logistics sectors?

Marine South is a partner in a new ERASMUS OnBoard Project which is a two-year EU project with the aim of strengthening Vocational Educational Training (VET)/Employer partnerships.

The project is supported under the Erasmus+ programme and brings together partner organisations from Portugal, the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Working at local and regional levels the consortium seeks to link with key professionals involved or having an interest in the development of apprentice training for the port and logistics sector.

Using the information provided by sector members, the project will develop/update two to three functional profiles and joint curricula for apprentice training, meeting the recommendations of the European ECVET and EQAVET tools.

Additionally, the curricula will allow integration into the relevant National and European Qualification Frameworks (NQF/EQF). An apprenticeship model will then be designed and validated to provide guidelines for co-operation between stakeholders in training at local and regional levels.

The project will also address the important role played by the key professionals of the training provider and apprentice employer. These are the personnel involved in the planning, recruitment and delivery such as trainers, co-ordinators, HR staff, tutors and managers. To enable the key professionals to effectively implement the apprenticeship model, a training package will be developed and validated by course delivery to members of the sector.

To ensure a match between the labour market needs and the training offered, the project partners are keen to involve members and organisations who are involved in the ports and logistics sector.

If you are an Apprentice Trainer, Employer, Chamber of Commerce, Local/Regional Authority or other interested party and would like further information or be involved, please contact Marine South East by emailing:

The ERASMUS+ OnBOard Project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

Posted 2017-11-28 14:56:03

Support for those returning to a STEM job after a career break

Help is finally on the way for the thousands of STEM candidates who want to return to engineering after a career break, but fear that their skills are out of date. An exciting new ‘STEM Returners Programme’ is specifically designed to help them return to their former careers, as well as re-train STEM candidates from other industries.

Two of the biggest challenges facing STEM are the widening skills gap, and the lack of positive progress in diversity.
The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), in partnership with Women's Engineering Society (WES), has launched a 'STEM Returners Programme' to address both these issues.

In addition, the programme will also serve as a transfer of learning programme, to allow employers to attract and re-train engineers from other industries. This is an industry wide programme and will look to attract diverse candidates from all areas of technical STEM, as well as business roles such as HR, procurement, finance and leadership.

The programme is a structured, paid 13-week employment placement for professionals returning to work after a career break, or looking to transfer between sectors. Alongside the experience gained from the work placement, the programme will provide additional support for the returner, such as training, career coaching, networking opportunities and peer support. At the end of the programme, at the agreement of the employer and the returner, there will also be the option for ongoing employment.

The Returners Programme is open to all candidates with a STEM background, who have taken a career break and are looking to restart their career, through a supported return to work scheme. It will also support those candidates who are interested in transferring to a different sector, but lack the relevant experience to apply through traditional recruitment channels.

Both the returners and employers will be fully supported throughout the programme which includes confidence training and coaching for the returner, a 13 week fully supported paid internship and a diverse and evolved mentoring scheme.

If you are an employer that is interested in attracting a new talent pool of experienced and diverse candidates, please contact IMarEST to participate in the programme.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7382 2656

If you are a candidate looking to return to STEM, or transfer between sectors please register for one of the programmes.

To find out more about the benefits of running or registering a Returners Programme please visit

Posted 2017-11-21 10:14:44

Cowes Harbour Commission; promoting cruise ship calls to the Isle of Wight

Cowes Harbour Commission is working proactively with Destination Cowes and the Island’s tourism organisation Visit Isle of Wight to promote Cowes as a unique destination port-of-call, encouraged by the rising demand in the cruise ship market.

Cowes offers exceptional visitor appeal with cruise ship passengers able to visit world famous tourist attractions such as Queen Victoria's magnificent Osborne House in East Cowes, the palatial royal residence used as the setting for the major feature film Victoria and Abdul.

Every year, a number of small and medium-sized cruise ships on Northern European itineraries are welcomed to the Isle of Wight to enjoy the delights of Cowes, as well as the Island's stunning coastlines and breathtakingly beautiful landscapes. The new Cowes Harbour Commission initiative seeks to secure increased cruise calls to Cowes for the benefit of the harbour, town and local economy.

Cowes is ideally located on the central south coast of the UK and is a cost-effective stopover port for European and UK cruise itineraries. The sheltered anchorage offers ample swinging room with a quick tender run to Trinity Landing for disembarkation. Cruise visitors arrive onto The Parade, which is next to Henry VIII's "Cowes Castle", home to the prestigious Royal Yacht Squadron and in the heart of Cowes.

Cruise vessels up to 150m LOA can use the Cowes anchorage in the Solent, with a 5 minute tender run to Trinity Landing, while larger vessels over 150m LOA are safely anchored in the ABP Anchorage, from where it is a 15 minute tender trip ashore to the boutique shops, galleries, and cafés in the winding streets of Cowes with its stunning views over the Solent.

To find out more about Cowes as a destination port-of-call, please contact the Harbour Office by telephone on +44 (0)1983 293952, by email to or visit for more information.

Posted 2017-11-30 14:13:04

Solent project considers what to do with dredged sediment

Recognising that local stakeholders are keen to use more of the sediment that is dredged in the Solent beneficially, ABPmer has been commissioned by the Solent Forum to explore opportunities for doing this in the region.

Drawing on lessons learned from implemented beneficial use projects, ABPmer's project team is developing a set of high level criteria to assess sites where dredged sediment could be used.

The project will also develop a network of interested parties and stakeholders from across the region as well as nationally to understand the opportunities and barriers to sediment re-use.

The project was borne out of a strong desire amongst Solent Forum members to see dredged sediments more effectively used. Not only to enhance intertidal habitats but also to provide wider benefits such as improved coastal protection.

The outputs from this initial scoping exercise will identify a beneficial use site (or selection of project locations) that the Solent Forum and its partners can consider further.

ABPmer have recently published a White Paper that reviews the range of different techniques that have been employed for previous habitat restorations and considers the fees they have incurred. Follow the link below to download the White Paper.

Posted 2017-11-21 10:19:43

Build valuable partnerships with key contacts at Marintec China, 5th-8th December 2017, Shanghai

Are you ready for Marintec China? Make the most of your visit with bespoke 1-2-1 meetings at the Department for International Trade stand.

The 2017 edition of Marintec China is rapidly approaching, and as preparations unfold the Department for International Trade (DIT) is excited to invite British marine businesses to some valuable segments of the event at its stand.

During the four-day event DIT will be hosting 1-2-1 meetings with delegates and key contacts in the region. These bespoke meetings offer you the chance to network and discuss potential buying opportunities with industry experts handpicked by DIT. Don’t miss this opportunity to
showcase your business’s capabilities in the maritime industry and make the most of your time at the show.

Marintec China serves as the leading platform connecting the community and strengthening the maritime industry. With the complete maritime supply chain represented in the Asian maritime market, Marintec China offers a prime opportunity to connect with the Chinese marine industry and showcase the UK's capability within the maritime industry.

If your company has any of the following capabilities and would like to express an interest in booking a one-to-one meeting, email Lei Cullinan, DIT China Representative at

* Cruise ship design and fitting
* Autonomous vessels and technology
* Deep sea mining and resarch
* Polar research vessels
* High performance patrol ship
* Ocean science work ship
* Ocean going fishing vessels

On the afternoon of 5th December, China State Shipbuilding (CSSC) will be hosting a smart ship forum. If you would like to present your capability to this important Chinese organisation in any of the following sectors, please email Tingyi Lu, DIT China Trade and Investment Officer

* Block chain technology and application in shipping
* information security and network security
* Cloud platform based software architecture design for information system, especially for shipping and marine applications
* Decision optimization and operational research

Posted 2017-11-08 12:07:51

Offshore Wind Seminar 2017; 7th December 2017, Danish Embassy London

The Danish Embassy in London will host a seminar that offers an overview of current and future developments in UK offshore wind industry.

The seminar will provide answers to what we can expect in 2018 in terms of policy developments, market opportunities and technical advances, but will also offer excellent networking opportunities.

The UK is presently the best market in the world for offshore wind energy due to its favourable combination of wind resources and strong support scheme offshore regime.

The seminar will look at specific projects, at current state of affairs, and explore what technology and which solutions are needed in the UK.


10.00 Coffee and registration

10.30 Lars Thuesen, Ambassador
Royal Danish Embassy
BREXIT and the impact on the energy industry

10.45 Allan Taylor, Head of Renewables Supply Chain
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Policy and market update

11.10 Matthew Wright, Managing Director UK
Řrsted UK (prev. DONG Energy)

11.35 Sebastian Bagsvćrd, head of Hywind Development
Hywind - expanding the reach of offshore wind

12.00 Lunch

13.00 David Stevenson, Head of Large Scale Renewables (Offshore Wind, Onshore Wind, Pump Hydro & Hydro)
Scottish Government
Overview of offshore Wind opportunities in Scotland and the Scottish Supply Chain

13.25 Mark Vyvyan-Robinson, Director of Development Investments
EDF Energy Renewables

13.50 James Cotter, Project Director at Triton Knoll Innogny and COO Peder Christensen
Oreneco ApS
Triton Knoll Update

14.15 Coffee

14.30 Panel Discussion: "Offshore logistics - vessels and access"

Panel Chair: Thomas Arsenbach, Senior Business Development Manager, Offshore renewable Energy Catapult
René Wigmans, head of global Maritime & Aviatiob Solutions, Siemens Wind Power
Damon O'Brien, Managing Director, ABPmer
To be announced

15.30 Sum-up & Networking

16.00 End of the day

To register, please visit the Danish-UK Chamber of Commerce website

And for more information please contact Rasmus Leth Traberg at the Danish Embassy on 07769688703 or

Posted 2017-11-15 17:38:04