DEME hosted a special digital naming ceremony for its next generation trailing suction hopper dredgers ‘Bonny River’ and ‘Meuse River’. Although it was not possible to have DEME’s usual naming ceremony given the coronavirus restrictions, the online event captured the spirit of the occasion and honoured all the traditional rituals, including smashing a bottle against the hull. A particular highlight was the 360° virtual tour on board, which was hosted by DEME’s captains and crew.
Ghent University receives a VLAIO Baekeland grant with support and cooperation from Jan De Nul Group, DEME Group, and the Portuguese marine institute CCMAR for its doctoral study 'PLANT ME'. This research into the sustainable protection of vulnerable coastal areas aims at using seagrasses. The presence of seagrass is decreasing worldwide due to poor water quality, plant diseases, climate change and coastal erosion. With the innovation project 'PLANT ME', the research team wants to enable the restoration of this ecosystem by developing a new planting technique for seagrass.
DEME has joined the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance, supporting the EU’s ambitious hydrogen and decarbonisation strategy. With this membership DEME underlines its commitment to use its expertise for the production, transport and storage of green hydrogen from renewable energy sources.
DEME launched its first ever Service Operation Vessel (SOV) at the CEMRE shipyard in Yalova, Turkey, marking a major milestone in its fleet history. Named ‘Groene Wind’, the Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull (SWATH) vessel will be deployed for wind farm maintenance activities.
Offshore works for what will become the world’s largest offshore wind farm are set to ramp up in the coming weeks. Ørsted’s Hornsea Two will surpass its predecessor Hornsea One by generating 1.4 GW of clean energy once complete in 2022.
In an important milestone the last jackets for the 950 MW Moray East offshore wind farm were safely loaded onto the heavy lift vessel at Rig Metals LLC (part of Lamprell) in Dubai ready for their onward journey to Europe, under the management of DEME Offshore.
DEME Offshore has been awarded a substantial (1) EPCI contract for the inter-array cables at the Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B wind farms in the UK, the first two phases of the 3.6 GW Dogger Bank Wind Farm which is the world’s biggest offshore wind farm under development.
DEME Offshore has successfully installed two of three offshore substation platforms (OSP) for the Moray East wind farm in the Moray Firth in Scotland. In the meantime jacket installation is also progressing with 20 jackets installed. The installation marks a major milestone in the progress of the construction of the 950 MW offshore wind farm.
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