Steel cut on ZPMC-RED BOX Energy Services module carriers

first_imgThe ice-class ARC7 28,500 dwt ships, which are being built at GSI’s LongXue Shipyard in Guangzhou, China, will be PC-3 module carriers, capable of navigating year round above the Arctic Circle, and designed for the transportation of ultra-large and heavy modular cargoes to major onshore LNG projects, and to large-scale offshore developments.  The sterns of each ship will be completely flush and open, with an open space measuring 8,170 sq m.These two vessels will go into service immediately upon delivery in January 2016 and HLPFI believes that they will be providing module transport services for cargoes destined for Russia’s huge Yamal LNG project, which is designed and commissioned by a consortium consisting of Technip, JGC Corporation and Chiyoda Engineering.At 43 m in width the two new ships will be the widest polar ice-class vessels with ice-breaking capabilities and will be able to transport modules weighing up to 20,000 tonnes.ZPMC-RED BOX Energy Services was incorporated in Hong Kong earlier this year as a limited liability company and is a partnership of Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co (ZPMC), Zhenhua Logistics Group (ZHLG) and RED BOX Founders HK Limited (RBF HK Ltd).The individuals involved in the latter are a group of marine heavy transport professionals who have worked previously at Fairstar Heavy Transport, Dockwise and Mammoet.They have extensive experience in both onshore and offshore energy logistics projects, including Gorgon LNG, Ichthys LNG, Tombua Landana and Golden Eagle.One of them is the redoubtable Philip Adkins, ex-ceo of Fairstar prior to its acquisition by Dockwise, who was responsible for the construction of several notable semi-submersible vessels including the Fjord, Fjell, Forte and Finesse, as well as Fathom, which has been renamed the White Marlin.When contacted by HLPFI, Adkins was tight-lipped on the overall plans for ZPMC-RED BOX Energy Services but did advise that his new company would: “focus on high-value niche markets in the offshore and onshore energy services industry where high standards require capital, technical skill, operational capabilities, client focus, dedication to safety and environmental stewardship.”That is something we introduced to this industry with the creation of Fairstar and you could say I have some unfinished business in this sector.”Suggesting that the two new ships represented the start, not the conclusion of ZPMC-RED BOX Energy Services’ newbuilding plans Adkins added that “there is no coincidence in the choice of RED BOX within the new company name, since that was the label given to the ground-breaking operational strategy that was developed and implemented by Fairstar” prior to the aggressive and hotly-contested takeover by its rival, Dockwise.Peace of a kind did eventually break out in that takeover saga, after many weeks of increasingly acerbic announcements from both sides, whilst the deal struck saw Adkins step down as ceo on July 16, 2012, saddled with a two-year non-compete clause.At the time, HLPFI was left wondering whether this would be the last that the heavy lift shipping sector had heard from someone who has previously described himself as a self-confessed shipping outsider, who had a minefield to navigate when he took over at the helm of Fairstar.We expressed a wish that we hadn’t heard the last from the straight-talking Adkins and it is always a pleasant surprise when a wish is granted, although many will be wondering what Dockwise, and others involved in marine heavy transport, is making of the news.last_img read more

South Africa gov’t pushed to use $11 billion unemployment fund to…

first_imgSouth Africa map. Source: “World reference atlas” South Africa’s biggest labor organization and the nation’s main business lobby are pushing the government to find a way to utilize an unemployment fund with assets of about $11 billion to fight the effects of the coronavirus outbreak.The Congress of South African Trade Unions and Business Unity South Africa, or Busa, told the government at a meeting on Monday that it must find ways to use the Unemployment Insurance Fund to finance temporary layoffs and other methods of supporting companies whose finances have been hit, representatives of both organizations said.While South Africa has had only 62 confirmed cases of the virus, the number is expected to grow and the government has imposed travel bans, school closures and other restrictions to slow its spread. The rand and stock prices have plunged.The outbreak comes at a time when South Africa is already in recession and its state-owned companies, including the crucial national power utility, are deep in debt. That gives the country little fiscal room to bail out struggling industries.“Much more needs to be done,” said Matthew Parks, Cosatu’s parliamentary coordinator. In addition to the UIF, other state organizations such as the Industrial Development Corp. and the Development Bank of Southern Africa should assist, he said.Using the UIF in the fight against the virus could leave thousands of workers, who faced unemployment even before the disease became a pandemic, without any safety net. South African companies this year announced plans to cut more than 10,000 jobs by the start of March.Parks also suggested that the Public Investment Corp., the 2.13 trillion rand ($128 billion) fund manager that oversees the pensions of state workers and the UIF, should be tapped. Private banks should consider loan holidays for struggling consumers, he said.All employed South Africans and employers pay into the UIF, and regulations would need to be altered to allow it to be used in the manner suggested, the organizations said. The government’s contingency reserve, about 5 billion rand, can also be used, said Martin Kingston, vice chairman of Busa.Business representatives argued for the government to re-prioritize its spending away from non-essential state companies, such as the bankrupt national airline, said people familiar with the talks. The state should focus on health-care and supporting crucial institutions such as power company Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. and state rail and ports company Transnet SOC Ltd., they said. There should also be relief for companies struggling to meet debt repayment committments, they said.More meetings are planned soon and action from the government is expected, they said. Monday’s meeting was attended by a number of cabinet ministers.Related South Africa Rastafarians South Africa suspends parliament to fight xenophobia South Africa Elections Coveragelast_img read more

Parliament to convene on Thursday

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img LocalNews Parliament to convene on Thursday by: – September 17, 2014 137 Views   no discussions Parliament ChambersRoseau, Dominica – Wednesday, September 17, 2014 – The Second Meeting of the Fifth Session of the Eighth Parliament under the Commonwealth of Dominica Constitution gets underway on Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 10:00am at the House of Assembly on Victoria Street, Roseau.At that meeting Prime Minister and Minister for Finance the Honourable Roosevelt will seek approval for Supplementary Estimates of Expenditure for the financial year ending June 30, 2014 amounting to forty-five million, fifty-six thousand, nine hundred and twenty seven dollars and twenty-two cents ($45,056,927.22). The estimates are for the period January 1 to June 30, 2014.Prime Minister Skerrit will also introduce bills for; an act to amend the Income Tax Act, Chapter 67:01; an act to amend the Value Added Tax Act 2005 (No. 7 of 2005); and an act to amend the Customs Act 2010 (No. 20 of 2010). Minister for Agriculture and Forestry Honourable Matthew Walter will introduce a bill for an act to amend the National Parks and Protected Arears Act, Chapter 42:02 while Minister for Tourism and Legal Affairs Honourable Ian Douglas will introduce a bill for an act to amend the Magistrates Code of Procedure Act, Chapter 4:20. Minister for National Security, Immigration and Labour Senator Honourable Alvin Bernard will introduce a bill to amend the Police Act Chapter 14:01 and a bill to amend the Police Pensions Act, Chapter 23:81.Prime Minister Skerrit will present to the house the schedule of Supplementary Appropriation for the third and fourth quarter of 2014 (January to June 2014). Minister for Information, Telecommunication and Constituency Empowerment Honourable Ambrose George will present the Dominica Broadcasting Corporation Financial Statements for the year ending June 30, 2013. Minister for Public Works, Energy and Ports Honourable Rayburn Blackmore will present the Dominica Air and Sea Ports Authority (Security and Passenger Facility Charges) Regulations 2014 (S.R.O. 23/2014).Obituary and congratulatory remarks are also down on the order paper.last_img read more

Low Cost Alternative to Solder-Down SMA Connectors up to 20 GHz

first_imgArdent Concepts has expanded their TR Multicoax series with a 20 GHz version of their Multicoax product. As a cost reducing alternative to cumbersome surface mount connectors, TR 20 is a value connector that has exceptionally low loss.TR 20 is the realization of the needs of engineers whose bandwidth may not exceed 20 GHz, but that require a reliable, high density, and low loss alternative to solder-down components like SMAs. Moreover, with the ability to re-use TR 20 Multicoax across programs, savings can be exponential compared to single use soldered surface mount components and connectors. This entire TR Multicoax Series family uses the same footprints across bandwidth versions, so as speed requirements grow, users don’t have to re-design their PCBs.Ardent Concepts recognized that not all applications require the bandwidths that their 40 and 70 GHz TR Multicoax configurations were designed to support. Which led to the development of TR 20 that addresses the signal integrity, density, and reliability challenges of legacy connectors like edge-launch SMAs.As a solderless compression mount solution, TR Multicoax offers repeatable connector performance in any application and across programs. A small footprint means engineers don’t have to be constrained by the size of their boards and aren’t limited in the channels they can access. This series provides engineers with industry leading performance and reliability in markets such as IC development, communications systems, or even quantum computing.last_img read more

Let’s keep South Padre Island beautiful

first_imgBy ANTONIO VINDELLAmy Bush, left, Victor Baldovinos and Carrie Coleman show the new bags the City of South Padre Island is distributing.The City of South Padre Island has received a check for $3,000 from H-E-B and Keep Texas Beautiful to keep the island resort beautiful.City officials said they are using the money to buy environmentally-friendly bags to be distributed to school children and at the Boys & Girls Club.“We purchased about 750 bags,” Victor Baldovinos, SPI environmental health director, said in an interview. “We are also going to work on a recycling campaign that involves some advertising.” For more on this story, pick up a copy of the Dec. 6 edition of the Port Isabel South Padre Press. RelatedKeep SPI Beautiful plans bayside cleanup eventBy KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS The Keep SPI Beautiful Committee discussed plans for upcoming events and projects during their monthly meeting held on Thursday, Aug. 11. In conjunction with Keep Texas Beautiful, the committee is planning their first annual Laguna Madre cleanup to be held on Saturday, Sept. 24.…August 19, 2016In “News”Keep SPI Beautiful to hold holiday home tourBy ABBEY KUNKLE Special to the PRESS Since the Keep South Padre Island Beautiful committee has been operating solely on donations, committee member Jan Whittington suggested that the group hold a winter fundraiser holiday home tour. Tour hosts throughout the community would offer their decorated homes for participants to visit…October 16, 2015In “News”Bayside cleanup slated for Sept. 24Special to the PRESS Local volunteers are banding together to tackle litter in the Lower Laguna Madre Bay, as part of the Keep Texas Waterways Clean program. Keep South Padre Island Beautiful (KSPIB) will conduct a cleanup with the help of 250volunteers on Saturday, Sept. 24. “Keep South Padre Island…September 2, 2016In “News” Sharelast_img read more

Boeing 377 Stratocruiser, Pesawat dengan Kabin Bertekanan Pertama di Dunia

first_imgBoeing 377 Stratocruiser milik Pan Am. Foto: Pinterest Airbus mungkin patut berbangga dengan mahakaryanya lewat pesawat komersial terbesar di dunia, Airbus A380. Namun, Boeing juga patut lebih berbangga diri dengan salah satu produknya, Boeing 377 Stratocruiser, yang didaulat menjadi pesawat dengan kabin bertekanan pertama di dunia, yang mempelopori teknologi kabin pada pesawat masa kini.Baca juga: Douglas DC-8: Lambang Supremasi Penerbangan Jarak Jauh Garuda Indonesia di Era 60/70-anDilansir laman Simple Flying, Boeing 377 Stratocruiser sebuah pesawat jarak jauh berukuran besar sayap rendah (low wing) yang dibangun setelah Perang Dunia II. Stratocruiser adalah model komersial pertama yang dibangun oleh Boeing sejak era Stratoliner.Salah satu kemewahan pada Boeing 377 Stratocruiser. Foto: SFO Museum Pesawat ini dikembangkan dari Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter, turunan militer B-29 Superfortress yang digunakan untuk mengangkut tentara. Penerbangan pertama pesawat legendaris Stratocruiser terjadi pada 70 tahun lalu, tepatnya tanggal 8 Juli 1947. Adapaun secara komersial, penerbangan perdana terjadi dua tahun berikutnya bersama maskapai legendaris, Pan Am, yang kala itu mengoperasikan antara San Francisco dan Honolulu Amerika Serikat.Selama masa kejayaannya, pesawat ditawarkan dalam tiga varian berbeda, Mini Guppy, Super Guppy, dan Pregnant Guppy, dan hanya diproduksi sebanyak 56 unit dalam rentang waktu tahun 1947-1950. Hal itu karena pesawat kerap bermasalah di sejumlah lini. Seperti masalah kronis dengan mesin radial utama 28-silinder Pratt & Whitney Wasp hingga masalah pada baling-baling (turboprop) empat pisau pesawat tersebut.Sebelum gugur akibat perkembangan teknologi, kala itu, beberapa maskapai dunia termasuk Angkatan Udara Israel sempat menjadi pelanggan utama Boeing, seperti Nigeria Airways, Scandinavian Airlines, serta British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) yang mengoperasikannya untuk rute transatlantik. Pada tataran regional atau domestik, Boeing 377 Stratocruiser juga menghiasi langit Amerika Serikat bersama dengan Pan Am, DAI Airways, Northwest Orient Airlines, Transocean Air Lines, dan United Airlines.Suasana di Boeing 377 Stratocruiser. Foto: PinterestSetelah lebih dari satu dekade membuat sejarah bersama beberapa maskapai, Boeing 377 Stratocruiser akhirnya harus pensiun setelah Pan Am menghentikan layanan bersama pesawat tersebut pada tahun 1961 sekaligus menjadi pertanda berakhirnya era 377 Stratocruiser.Kala itu, kedigdayaan 377 Stratocruiser harus runtuh setelah hadirnya de Havilland Comet, sebuah pesawat jet komersial pertama dunia keluaran Britania. Selain itu, saingan juga datang dari rekan senegara mereka, Douglas Aircraft Company atau McDonnell Douglas Aircraft, yang pada ‎30 Mei 1958 berhasil menerbangkan Douglas DC-8. Kehadiran keduanya pun kemudian menarik perhatian maskapai global dan pada akhirnya benar-benar meninggalkan Boeing 377 Stratocruiser.Baca juga: Pan Am, Maskapai Pelopor Kelas Ekonomi Modern di Penerbangan Jarak JauhSekalipun telah tiada, selain dikenang karena kontribusinya dalam memulai penerbangan pesawat dengan kabin bertekanan pertama di dunia, Boeing 377 Stratocruiser yang mampu terbang sejauh 6.800 km dan kecepatan jelajah maksimal 484 kilometer per jam, juga dikenang karena berbagai kemegahannya.Walaupun hanya mampu mengangkut 100 penumpang, namun, pesawat double deck atau dua lantai tersebut dinilai berhasil memberikan tingkat kenyaman lebih setara kelas bisnis di era penerbangan modern seperti sekarang ini. Mulai dari tempat tidur susun atas bawah yang mampu menampung 28 penumpang, kursi samping memanjang yang nyaman dan saling berhadapan di bagian belakang pesawat, tepatnya di dekat bar dan tangga memutar, jendela yang lebih besar, hingga desainnya yang mewah.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedKompetisi Industri Dirgantara Inggris vs AS, Jadi Latar Belakang Lahirnya Boeing 70719/05/2020In “Featured”Sepi Pesanan, Boeing 747 Beralih dari “Queen of the Skies” Jadi “Flying Truck”21/06/2017In “Featured”4 Poin Head to Head Boeing vs Airbus, Mana Lebih Unggul?25/06/2020In “Featured”last_img read more

Anchorage Group Predicts $2,000 PFD Checks

first_imgLast year’s PFD saw an increase since the year of recession, 2008, dropped from the five-year average of the fund’s investments on which the yearly check is based. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享An Anchorage corporation predicts that the annual Permanent Fund Dividend check will reach $2,000 this year. The State of Alaska will announce the exact amount of the dividend in September. Anchorage Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Bill Popp made the statement at an Anchorage luncheon today where the group predicts Anchorage’s economic development over the next three years. Last year’s dividend was $1,884.last_img read more

SC upholds More Power’s right to distribute electricity to Iloilo City consumers

first_imgThe Supreme Court (SC) has affirmed the authority of More Electric and Power Corporation (More Power) to operate the electricity distribution facilities in Iloilo City.(MANILA BULLETIN)In a decision issued on Tuesday, the SC – in an 8-6 vote — granted two petitions filed by More Power against Panay Electric Company, Inc. (PECO), specifically the case that challenged the Mandaluyong city trial court’s ruling which declared unconstitutional certain provisions in More Power’s franchise.With its decision, the SC, in effect, upheld the validity of More Power’s franchise under Republic Act No. 11212 that was enacted into law on Feb. 14, 2019.A copy of the SC’s full court decision was not available.In a statement, SC’s public information office (PIO) Chief Atty. Brian Keith F. Hosaka said:“The Supreme Court en banc (full court) ruled yesterday, September 15, in favor of More Electric and Power Corporation in the following petitions: More Electric and Power Corporation vs. Panay Electric Company, Inc. (GR No 248061) and Republic of the Philippines, More Electric and Power Corporation vs. Panay Electric Company, Inc. (GR No. 249406.“In granting the petitions, the Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the regional trial court (RTC) of Mandaluyong City Branch 209 in Civil Case No. R-MND-19-00571, and declared Sections 10 and 17 of RA No. 11212 constitutional.”Those who voted in favor of More Power were Chief Justice Diosdado M. Peralta, Senior Associate Justice Estela M. Perlas Bernabe and Associate Justices Alfredo Benjamin S. Caguioa, Alexander G. Gesmundo, Jose C. Reyes Jr., Ramon Paul L. Hernando, Rosmari D. Carandang, and Edgardo L. De Los Santos.  Reyes wrote the decision.Those who dissented were Associate Justices Marvic Mario Victor F. Leonen, Amy C. Lazaro Javier, Henri Jean Paul B. Inting, Rodil V. Zalameda, Mario V. Lopez, and Samuel H. Gaerlan.  Associate Justice Priscilla J. Baltazar Padilla did not take part in the deliberation of the two cases.The original franchisee in Iloilo City was Panay Electric Co. (PECO) but it failed to renew its franchise when it expired.Last year, the Mandaluyong City regional trial court (RTC) – in a case lodged by PECO — declared unconstitutional Sections 10 and 17 of RA 11212.Sections 10 and 17 authorized More Power to “establish, operate, and maintain, for commercial purposes and in the public interest, a distribution system for the conveyance of electric power to end users in Iloilo City.”The two sections gave More Power, as the new distribution utility in Iloilo City, the powers of eminent domain and to expropriate any asset, including existing distribution assets in the city.More Power elevated the issue before the SC. Late last year, the SC issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) that stopped the implementation of the trial court’s ruling.Last month, about 65,000 electricity consumers in Iloilo City asked the SC to immediately settle the legal issues between the two distribution utilities.The plea was aired by Halley Alcarde, general manager of Western Visayas Transport Cooperative (WVTC), who told the SC that the High Court’s ruling will have tremendous impact on consumers.Alcarde said that in resolving the legal issue, the SC should “take into consideration the plight of the 65,000 power consumers in the city who will be directly impacted by the decision of the court.”He said that More Power holds the legislative franchise to operate the electricity distribution system of Iloilo City and has been granted a business permit by the Iloilo City government and Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC). SIGN UP TO DAILY NEWSLETTERCLICK HERE TO SIGN-UPlast_img read more

All Seasons crowned ‘Champion of Champions’

first_imgALL Seasons Racing Service led by top scorer Sultan Rooplall, who registered the maximum 18 games cantered to an easy win in the recently staged ‘Champion of Champions’ Domino Tournament.The tournament was organised by Senior Organising Secretary of the Georgetown Domino Association (GDA) Mark ‘Jumbie’ Wiltshire.They ended the final on 89 games to cart off the first prize of $175,000 and the winning trophy, while New Castello finished second on 67 games followed by Medi Care on 61.They took home $75,000 and $35,000 respectively, along with trophies. The top female player and the Most Valuable Player will receive $5,000 respectively.Some of the sponsors included Dynasty Sports Club, All Seasons Racing Service, Tony’s Jewellery, CBB&L Import & Export and Boston Casting Jewellery among others.last_img read more

Muskegon Clippers snap losing streak with a 13-3 win over the Galion Graders

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