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Bureau Veritas (BV), a world leader in testing, inspection and certification, has been selected to undertake the project certification of Erebus, the first offshore windfarm in the Celtic Sea, in Wales (UK) and one of the largest floating offshore wind projects in the world.

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Hoist and Winch says it has come a long way in a short space of time. From humble beginnings in 2007, the company today offers a full spectrum of lifting equipment services to the UK and global marketplace. Indeed, the Hoist and Winch portfolio now comprises product sales, installation, service, inspection, repair and hire, with a special emphasis on project work. With increasing demand, the reputation and corporate profile of this ISO9001-accredited business is rising fast.

Well decommissioning experts Well-Safe Solutions have appointed Mark Davison  (pictured) as the company’s subsurface team lead, as the company expands the breadth of its service offering to include all aspects of subsurface plug and abandonment (P&A) design.

FloatWind, a technology and mass-assembly company focused on the rapid development and delivery of ready-to-float wind turbines using lean production techniques for the offshore renewable energy industry, has announced it will rename as Vidi Energy, as part of a review of its strategy for 2022.

North Star, reported to be the UK’s largest ship operator servicing the oil and gas industry, has announced it has kick started its ambitious fleet decarbonisation plans with an in-depth sustainability study across its 44 offshore infrastructure support vessels. The results will deliver a roadmap to help the business futureproof its tonnage, enhance operational performance, and meet its net zero 2040 target.

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Editor's Comment 

The recent Budget has generated a mixed response from manufacturers. Although Make UK highlighted that there were some welcome announcements on business rates and the extension of the annual investment allowance, the announcements on skills amounted to little, if any, new money while the delay in the R&D spending target goes against the aim of making the UK a science superpower.

We all hear much about digital transformation and the business and operational benefits to be had within manufacturing and engineering. However, in order to get the ball rolling companies of all sizes need to decide on an initial point of entry, and what elements of the digital journey to home in on in the first instance. As Aaron Blutstein, editor of Smart Machines and Factories, said during the recent DFA Media organised Talking Industry webinar on Digital Transformation, one of the biggest issues regarding the topic is getting people on board because some companies are so entrenched in their daily routine that there can be a challenge in getting them to recognise that something needs to change.

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