Tekmar Energy has won multiple contracts by Van Oord to supply its Cable Protection Systems (CPS) for the Deutsche Bucht offshore wind farm and the BorWin3 grid connection system in the German North Sea.Tekmar will supply its CPS to protect the 35 inter-array cables planned for Deutsche Bucht, which will be tailored for the project to cater for all different cable sizes applied and a respective interface to the monopile foundations, according to the company.The company said it will also provide its system to protect the three export cables between the Hohe See offshore wind farm and BorWin gamma, BorWin3’s corresponding offshore converter platform, in addition to supplying the CPS to protect the 79 inter-array cables on Hohe See, as part of a separate contract.The contracts mark the fifth and sixth project that Tekmar has worked on with Van Oord, the company said, adding that they also mark the 61st and 62nd named projects working within the offshore wind industry.Located in the German North Sea, the 252MW Deutsche Buch offshore wind farm comprises 31 MHI Vestas V164-8.0MW wind turbines optimized to deliver an output of 8.4MW. The project is scheduled for full commissioning in late 2019.The 900MW BorWin3 grid connection system will link several wind farms off the coast of Lower Saxony in Germany to the mainland, including the Hohe See offshore wind farm. The 155kV alternating current supplied by the wind farms will be transformed into 320kV direct current on BorWin gamma.The link will transport power via a cable over 130km at sea and further 30km on land to the grid feed-in point in Emden. The direct current will then be converted back into alternating current for further transmission and distribution.The entire project is due for completion in 2019.
Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett is to visit North America and Europe this weekend as Jamaica moves to quell any fallout from its decision to impose a state of emergency in St. James, where the island’s tourist resort of Montego Bay is situated.Bartlett told a news conference that the authorities have already developed “a comprehensive program with our partners” from the three major markets, including the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.nsure future bookingsHe said from this weekend he would be moving to “cover those markets to meet with all our partners and to ensure future bookings, because I think that the winter (booking) is holding and that’s the message we want to have.”He said the concerns for the authorities here would be future bookings adding “we want to look to make sure that we shore up the summer and the fall because we are pushing to inch into the five million arrivals this year.”The government introduced the state of emergency last week Thursday in a bid to deal with the rising criminal activities including murder in that parish. Last year, more than 300 people were killed in St. James and the authorities have said more than 200 people including those wanted for murder have been detained under the state of emergency.Jamaica is being made saferBartlett said that Jamaica would continue its aggressive public relations campaign noting “we are out there, and we are making the point that Jamaica is being made safer”Earlier Prime Minister Andrew Holness told reporters that he is “prepared to do what it takes to address this crime problem” and warned ‘all of what we are doing is threatened by the security situation in Jamaica.”He said crime is but one aspect of the island’s security and his administration was also concerned about its ability to protect and control its borders, telecommunication and financial services among other sectors.He dismissed the notion that the state of emergency is all about dealing with the crime “in our faces, the murders, and the public disorder” adding “it is also to deal with what I like to call an eco-system of criminality at an enterprise level.