Hawaiian Thermal Plant First in U.S.

By MarEx 2015-08-27 14:17:27

Hawaii has installed a fully closed-cycle Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) plant, which is the first in the U.S. It was funded by the U.S. Office of Naval Research and developed by Makai Ocean Engineering, a Hawaii-based design and engineering company. At a cost of nearly $5 million, the 100-kilowatt plant will power about 120 residences.

OTEC produces electricity by using deep cold ocean water and warm surface waters. The plant pumps large quantities of cold ocean water and warm surface water to run a power cycle through a steam-driven turbine, which produces electricity at an onshore power station.

While OTEC plants are still limited in the number of homes it can power, Makai maintains that these type facilities have immense potential. Nearly 70 percent of the sunlight is captured by the oceans and the surface layers absorb most of the ultra-violet energy. With sunlight a limitless resource, OTEC plants can extract the energy and does not require storage systems.

Hawaii currently imports almost all of its energy, but has a goal to use 100 percent renewable energy by 2045. Hawaii has already installed several wind power plants and smart grid systems in an effort to achieve this lofty goal.

The United States entered OTEC research in 1974 with the establishment of the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority. The U.S. Naval office considers this project as a prototype. Makai says the next hurdle is to secure investment and develop a commercial-scale plant.

In 2013, Japan’s Saga University constructed the first OTEC plant off of the Okinawa prefecture in the East China Sea. The Okinawa project generates about 50 kilowatts of electricity.

Currently, there are additionally OTEC plants proposed for development in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Hainan and Japan.

Click here for Makai’s OTEC report.


Zamil Offshore Launches Al-Zour 10

By MarEx 2015-08-27 11:54:45

On August 26, Zamil Offshore, the Middle East’s largest offshore support services company, celebrated the launching of the Al-Zour 10 Surveillance/Logistics vessel. She is the first in a series of four under construction for export to Kuwait. This specialized surveillance and rescue vessel was built in the Kingdom at Zamil Offshore Dammam New shipyard for the Coast Guard public administration – Ministry of Interior Kuwait.

Under the joint Gulf cooperation and integration comes the project of building four vessels for export to Kuwait. The Al-Zour 10 is the first in the series of vessels designed and built to provide logistical services, control and support along the Kuwaiti coasts.

The Al-Zour 10 was launched in the presence of His Excellency Major General Sheikh Mohammad Bin Yousef al-Sabah Assistant Under-Secretary for the security of the borders has a length of 46 meters and enjoys high maneuvering capabilities. She is equipped with the latest equipment in the market. She has been built -using the latest shipbuilding technologies available globally- at Zamil shipyard which was opened in the beginning of this year inside King Abdul Aziz Port in Dammam.

Zamil Offshore had participated in a global competition posed by the Kuwaiti Coast Guard against global shipbuilders from the United States, China, Japan and Europe. The company has managed to win this big project because of tits high-quality technological offerings,a competitive financial offer and 14 years of shipbuilding experience. In these 14 years, 45 were built and delivered and 26 of the yards new building deliveries went to serve Saudi Aramco operations in the Arabian Gulf and the Red Sea. Also, 19 vessels were delivered to the Saudi sea ports authority, 3 to the Saudi Royal navy and one to a Saudi private sector marine services company.

Because all vessels built at Zamil Shipyards are constructed to meet the highest international performance standards, the Kuwaiti Coast Guard had full confidence in Zamil Offshore’s ability to quickly construct and deliver a vessel.

There are several factors behind the success of Zamil Offshore in introducing the shipbuilding industry to the kingdom and in being the premier and only shipbuilder in Saudi Arabia. The most important reason is the availability of engineering professionals in large numbers topped by distinguished naval architects, shipbuilders and marine engineers, as well as highly-specialized technicians and workers covering all the disciplines required for world shipbuilding. They are all well trained and enjoy the ability to work using the latest ship construction technologies and advanced equipment at Zamil Dammam’s new shipyard, which has grown with Zamil Port Marine yard to form a large maritime industrial complex, King Abdul Aziz Port in Dammam, which is well-integrated to build and repair offshore ships, drilling rigs and platforms.