Launching NIMO

Pictured (L-R) are John Patterson, Head of Defence, Artemis Technologies; Kerry Muldoon, Northern Ireland Maritime & Offshore Network; Stephen Kane, NIMO Chair; Kieran Donoghue, CEO, Invest Northern Ireland.

At midnight on April 11, 2024, Northern Ireland launched the Northern Ireland Maritime & Offshore network (NIMO), backed by Invest NI. NIMO aims to boost job creation, regional balance, and carbon emission reduction in the maritime sector. Key members include Artemis Technologies and Belfast Harbour, signaling growth in the industry.

Simply Blue Group Diversifies into Sustainable Fuels Projects

Shadow of a plane flying over a forest

Simply Blue Group, a leading global offshore wind project developer, is developing onshore renewable energy parks to power facilities capable of producing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The projects, in Canada, Ireland and Australia will process more than 1.5 million tonnes of sustainable biomass annually to produce over 300,000 tonnes of SAF each year. The company currently has a pipeline of fixed bottom (c. 4GW) and floating wind projects (c. 10GW) globally and has been recognized as a pioneer of floating offshore wind.

Harland & Wolff Statement on political developments

Harland & Wolff Shipyard building dock.

John Wood, Chief Executive Officer of Harland & Wolff, said: “As CEO of Harland & Wolff, I am heartened by the recent developments indicating a return to power sharing government in Northern Ireland. The decision taken by the DUP Executive and the ensuing discussions among our political parties give rise to an optimism that the Executive will be restored promptly, and crucially, on a long-term, sustainable basis.

Ridgeway secures deal with French offshore wind farm

Ridgeway Rockbags

Belfast-based Ridgeway, through its European distribution partners, has secured a contract with its first French client to use Kyowa Filter Units, known as Rockbags® in the UK and Europe. Saint Nazaire is a 480MW offshore wind farm being developed in the Loire-Atlantique region of France and it is owned by EDF Renewables and EIH S.à r.l. (Enbridge Inc. et CPP Investments). It will deploy the sustainable Rockbags® for protecting and stabilising sections of the cable.

Crafting lifelong skills with the Navigate Programme

Navigate Programme News

During National Apprenticeship Week 2024, MJM Marine spent the week participating in promoting apprenticeship opportunities through its Navigate Programme. Designed to empower and support young talent in their career journey, the Navigate Programme has emerged as a beacon of skill development and career advancement.

Spearheading floating wind turbines project

Niamh Kenny News

The two proposed sites by specialist SBM Offshore, and managed by Niamh’s North Channel Wind project, are nine-to-25km from the eastern coast of the north. They have huge capabilities to relieve our reliance on fossil fuels and secure our future flow of energy.

Apprentice Spotlight: Belfast

Harland Wolff Apprentice Induction Day

When Dean McGibban left school, he decided that the best thing for him to do was to learn a trade. He secured his place on a scheme; he worked hard and began his career. But something did not quite feel right, and last year with his interest in welding ever strong he decided to go back to the start and join Harland & Wolff’s apprenticeship scheme in September 2023.

Artemis Technologies to Revolutionise Offshore Wind Operations

Artemis News

Artemis Technologies, a trailblazer in sustainable maritime transport, is spearheading a collaborative industry-led Research and Development project that has received £3 million of government backing through the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition Round 4 (CMDC4).

Harland & Wolff preferred bidder for Falklands project

Harland & Wolff News

Harland & Wolff has been chosen as the preferred bidder by the Falkland Islands Government (FIG) to support delivery of the islands’ port facility, known as FIPASS. The decision was announced by FIG following a sitting of its Executive Council last week. The value of the contract is between £100 and £120million.