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Peel Ports seeks Vestas replacement at Sheerness

July 3 - Peel Ports Group, owner of the UK's Port of Sheerness, has moved quickly to pledge a major effort in securing a replacement for Vestas, following the latter's decision not to take up the option to locate a major wind turbine manufacturing facilit

Peel Ports and Vestas jointly announced last week that the Danish firm's planned creation of a major European-scale manufacturing plant would not now proceed.

However Mark Whitworth, chief executive of the UK's second-largest ports group, said his company was "100 percent committed" to finding a replacement, describing the Sheerness facility as "absolutely tailor-made" for major renewables manufacturing.

Whitworth said: "Everyone involved is bitterly disappointed, but our aim of delivering a world-class renewables manufacturing operation at Sheerness is very much alive.

"Our confidence is based on a number of factors - ideal geographical location, superb marine facilities, availability of major parcels of land and, crucially, the recent approval by Swale Borough Council's planning committee. Indeed, the site ticks all the boxes from a planning, technical, commercial and legal standpoint, making it a very compelling proposition to other manufacturers.

"To a large degree, the detailed preparation has already been done on this site and we're committed to identifying a replacement operator who can take advantage of the fact that the Port of Sheerness is now tailor-made to play a leading role in this vital industry."

Among a number of attributes which Peel Ports says brings advantages to Sheerness as a wind turbine manufacturing site is the port's close proximity to key Round 3 offshore wind zones and Continental projects; and the fact that the port has been awarded UK Government CORE status (Centre for Offshore Renewable Engineering) offering comprehensive support.

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ESTA joins EC best practise project

July 16 - The European association of abnormal road transport and mobile cranes (ESTA) has been asked to support a European Commission study to “explore health, safety and environment (HSE) best practise in the wind power sector”.
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LDA installs kite system 

July 16 - Louis Dreyfus Armateurs (LDA) has fitted its ro-ro vessel Ville de Bordeaux with an AirSeas kite system, as it looks to develop the use of wind propulsion technologies.
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Sarens partners with Moir Crane

July 16 - Sarens has teamed up with Canada’s Moir Crane as the two companies look to capitalise on the region’s upcoming construction projects.
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Karl Gross teams up with Natco

July 15 - Bremen-headquartered Karl Gross Group and Natco SA have formed an exclusive partnership in South Africa.
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