El embajador en funciones de Japón en España, Kenji Hirata, su adjunto, Naoki Tsukiyama, y el nuevo cónsul de Japón en Canarias Takeshi Nakajima, visitaron la obra de construcción de la plataforma marina de PLOCAN y su sede en tierra con el fin de conocer la labor que la Instalación Científico Tecnológica Singular realiza para atraer investigadores, proyectos e inversión en el sector marino-marítimo. La visita de los diplomáticos japoneses ha coincidido con la celebración de siete décadas del asentamiento de la flota pesquera japonesa en Canarias.
Leire Fernández Prieto, Director of Projects for RALEY Estudios Costeros, a consultancy firm based in the Canary Islands that specialises in oceanography and coastal management, and Amanda Alonso Lorenzo, Training Co-ordinator for HEXIA, a company specialising in online training management, gave a talk entitled “Marine Renewable Energy: challenges, opportunities and specialised training” on Thursday 23 June in the Conference Room of the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands in Taliarte. The talk was organized in the scope of the PLOCAN Marine and Maritime Demonstration Center and contributed to the dissemination and training in marine renewable energy as an emerging area with many current and future opportunities to revive the economy and generate employment at the same time as encouraging greater and better use of marine environmental resources. In addition, from this year, this training is now certified by the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
Leire Fernández Prieto holds a degree in Marine Sciences, and has completed postgraduate courses in Port and Coastal Engineering, and Occupational Risks. She is currently a founding partner and Director of Projects and the Environment for RALEY Estudios Costeros, S.C.P. To date, her work has consisted of providing technical assistance for the writing of maritime work related projects, coastal management projects, studies into marine renewable energy and studies into fisheries and marine reserves, as well as being a speaker for courses, postgraduate courses and Masters degree courses in the field of oceanography and coastal management at public institutions including the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the University of La Laguna.
Representatives from the legislative assemblies of the Canary Islands, Azores, Cape Verde and Madeira visited the Taliarte Marine Centre as part of the 8th Atlantic Parliamentary Meetings, a gathering for parliaments of the Macaronesian region to discuss matters of mutual interest, to combat common difficulties and identify shared opportunities, as well as to propose support for development projects for the region, with the intention of delivering their conclusions to European institutions. Topics related to the economy, tourism, transport, communications, energy and new technologies were addressed.
PLOCAN has published the public tender for the construction and putting into service of the marine and terrestrial Electrical and Communications Infrastructure (IECOM) to operate in the PLOCAN Test Site.
The competition is called with a fixed price, with variations accepted, with a total base tender budget of 3.5 million euros, and includes the use of an underwater vehicle for the oversight of the work to be carried out in the sea.