A group of six tugs managed to refloat the 40,600 dwt tanker Seatrout during high tide on September 20, according to Zeeland Veilig.The ship, which ran into trouble off Antwerp earlier the same day, came loose just before 4 pm. Dutch towage and salvage companies Multraship and Kotug Smit were called to conduct the operation.The 188-meter-long Seatrout was then escorted to Vlissingen, the Netherlands, where it is scheduled to undergo further inspections.Seatrout ran aground in the early morning hours of September 20 after colliding with the bulk carrier Usolie. At the time, both vessels were sailing in the same direction on the Scheldt river.The tanker, which was sailing from Antwerp to Russia’s Ust-Luga port, was not loaded with cargo at the time.Zeeland Veilig earlier informed that the bulk carrier does not have any visible damages. The extent of damage on the tanker is currently unknown.Relevant authorities launched an investigation into the matter.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: Rijkswaterstaat
The University of Hull presented its findings on the impact of Green Port Hull One at an event yesterday, 4 December, a year after Siemens Gamesa opened the blade manufacturing facility at Alexandra Dock.Image source: University of Hull (GIA)As of March 2017, approximately 850 directly employed staff had been recruited by Siemens Gamesa. The total number of jobs created by the turbine manufacturer at the Green Port Hull in May was at 1,063, with 90% of them located in the 30-mile radius of the Hull city centre, according to the Green Port Hull Impact Assessment (GIA) project.The Green Port Hull (GPH) facilitated creation/ safeguarding of a total of 1,282 jobs by assisting people with employment and training support and upskilling training. GPH also supported 421 businesses with wage subsidies, upskilling funding, financial assistance, etc.The Green Port Hull project was officially launched in December 2010, three weeks prior to Siemens signing the agreement with Associated British Ports (ABP) to invest in the Alexandra Dock site.In 2012, Hull City Council and East Riding of Yorkshire Council secured a GBP 25.7 million Regional Growth Fund (RGF) funding leading to the formation of the Green Port Growth Programme (GPGP), whose overall objectives are to, among other things, assist up to 650 local businesses to diversify and enter the supply chains of major renewables investors and their suppliers, upskill and train approximately 900 local people, and create 3,500 renewables sector jobs.The GPGP aims to achieve these by March 2019.
The announced reimposition of sanctions against Iran by the Trump administration creates an unnecessary extra uncertainty into a market which is under extreme pressure already, as explained by BIMCO’s Chief Analyst, Peter Sand.The tanker market has been faced with severe headwinds amid tonnage overcapacity coupled with weak trading demand and weak OPEC output. Overordering of very large crude carriers (VLCC) since the beginning of this year has put additional strain on the market, with a total of 24 VLCCs booked so far this year.“Adding sanctions on top of a bad market normally doesn’t bring around much good to an industry,” Sand told World Maritime News commenting on the U.S. decision to pull back from JCPOA.National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), Naftiran Intertrade Company (NICO), and National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) will be directly impacted by the sanctions together with the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL), South Shipping Line Iran, or their affiliates.Iranian energy and financial sectors are also being targeted by the sanctions.“For an international tanker company, being unable to trade in the US – that’s a big issue,” Sand said.The new wave of sanctions could prompt European buyers to refrain from buying Iranian crude, resulting in the country’s export cuts. However, exports to China, India, Korea and Japan are likely to be resumed, as they did when previous sanctions were in place.“On the commercial side, we may see Iranian exports cut, as European buyers shy away. Basically a reversal of what has happened this the JCPOA came into force,” Sand said.“Essentially, no one wants to be in breach of any sanctions, so as long as uncertainty around sanctions that may or may not be ‘snapped back’ exist, owners and operators prefer to stay on safe ground – i.e. avoiding doing business with Iran – if that would prevent them from doing tanker business with the US.”Consequently, a question arises on where European buyers will go for the oil they need.According to Sand, it is likely they will stay in the Middle East, with Iraqi oil being an alternative that would limit the impact on tankers.As explained earlier by Gibson, what really matters for the tanker market in general, are total volumes out of the Middle East, as opposed to Iran alone. In particular, the impact from Iranian’s export cuts could be offset if other Gulf states were to make up for any Iranian shortfall.Nevertheless, it is still early to determine clearly what will be the overall impact of the sanctions on the market. Namely, JCPOA provisions on dispute resolution need to be scrutinized closely, which could take weeks or even months. Furthermore, there is a question whether the U.S. can, in fact, withdraw from the agreement, as the EU insists, this is not a bilateral deal.“But a bit of patience and wait-and-see, while preparing contingency plans is a good strategy for a starter,” Sand concluded.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: Illustration/ Pixabay
DeltaTek Global has been awarded a contract by Energean Oil and Gas to supply its proprietary SeaCure cementing technology to support the Karish deepwater project in Israel.DeltaTek will provide optimization services using its SeaCure technology for all 20-inch surface casings, which will be drilled from the Stena DrillMAX in approximately 1750m of water. DeltaTek will initially deploy SeaCure in four wells in Q1 2019.SeaCure delivers stabbed-in, inner string cementing for subsea wells.DeltaTek CEO, Tristam Horn, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded our first large scale international contract, supporting Energean Oil and Gas in Israel on a high profile, deepwater, exploration and development campaign, opening up the deployment envelope for our game changing well construction technology. 2018 was an incredible year for DeltaTek and we plan to continue building on those successes as we move into 2019.“SeaCure has been brought to market quickly, thanks to the support of our industry partners and the technology’s proven rig time saving ability. Adoption from major operators and successful field deployment results continue to demonstrate the efficiencies SeaCure can deliver and as is a genuine time and cost saving solution for offshore cementing. We are delighted Energean has chosen SeaCure for their Karish deepwater exploration and development campaign and we look forward to working with them into the future.”Simon French, well delivery manager at Energean Oil & Gas said: “The deployment of the SeaCure technology on our deep-water surface casing string cement jobs helps us to efficiently verify the integrity the surface casing through eliminating the operational risk of a failed shoe track. Elimination of the shoe track drastically cuts down drill out times and saving money. The application offers a very elegant solution to our technical challenges and it is our pleasure to work with DeltaTek who are committed to helping us achieve success.”
Aker Solutions has received a contract to provide subsea control systems for Beach Energy’s Otway project Phase 4 and 5, offshore Victoria, Australia.“The award demonstrates Aker Solutions’ leading technology in subsea control systems and the on going drive to meet complex customer requirements in the region,” said country manager of Australia at Aker Solutions, Greg Ross. “It is our first partnership with Beach Energy in Australia and we look forward to more opportunities in future collaborations.”The order includes seven sets of Vectus subsea control modules (SCMs) which will be backward compatible to the existing topside MCS and EPU, along with associated stab plates and testing equipment.Aker Solutions’ Vectus SCMs will be integrated with subsea trees in the Otway field.The deliveries will be from Aker Solutions’ facilities in Reading, United Kingdom, Port Klang, Malaysia, and Curitiba, Brazil.The Otway project consists of Geographe and Thylacine offshore gas fields that tie back to a not normally manned platform in 100 meters water depth and processed 80 kilometers onshore at the Otway Gas Plant near Port Campbell, Victoria, Australia.The Otway field development supplies the state of Victoria households and businesses vital natural gas and will continue to do so for years to come with future wells being developed.The deliveries of the control systems will start in the first quarter of this year. The companies have not disclosed the value of the contract.
Lifesite News 7 Jan 2013As French Catholics prepare to mobilize on January 13 for a national march against the creation of homosexual “marriage,” the country’s education minister is warning Catholic schools against participating, claiming that it could cause “homophobia” against homosexual students.National Education Minister Vincent Peillon has written a letter to all of the country’s 8,300 Catholic school principals, claiming that they have the responsibility to maintain “neutrality” regarding the debate over homosexual “marriage” in their institutions, according to reports by Le Monde and the French Press Agency.“It is your responsibility in effect to ensure that the debates that are occurring in French society not be expressed, in the schools and establishments, by the phenomena of rejection and homophobic stigmatization,” wrote Peillon.“I call you to the greatest vigilance regarding the conditions of the legitimate debate regarding marriage for all (…) notably in private establishments under contract,” he said. “It is therefore proper to call for restraint and neutrality within all of the institutions so that schools are not made the object of any manipulation.”…The French government’s threatening language has galvanized the growing opposition to the ruling party’s proposed homosexual “marriage” legislation, and has evoked bitter memories over a previous attempt by socialists to take over private schools in the mid 1980s, according to French social commentators.http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/french-government-warns-catholic-schools-to-stay-neutral-on-homosexual-marr
Daily Telegraph 29 July 2017Family First Comment: Common sense still exists – in Australia!“In a case that pitted common sense against political correctness, Children’s Court magistrate Tracy Sheedy said the grandparents had done nothing wrong. But she was scathing of the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS), which had tried to remove the nine-year-old after he was smacked and had his toys removed as a form of discipline.”www.protectgoodparents.nzLOVING grandparents who smacked their grandson have kept custody of the youngster in a landmark decision that has reignited debate over how to discipline kids.In a case that pitted common sense against political correctness, Children’s Court magistrate Tracy Sheedy said the grandparents had done nothing wrong.But she was scathing of the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS), which had tried to remove the nine-year-old after he was smacked and had his toys removed as a form of discipline.“Although (the grandparents’) parenting may not have been perfect or adhere strictly to FACS policies there was no cogent evidence that Tyson was at risk of significant harm, or indeed at risk of any harm, from his maternal grandparents,” Ms Sheedy ruled.NSW is the only state or territory to spell out legally what kind of physical punishment is acceptable.It is not against the law for parents to smack their child, although child abuse is illegal. Under the NSW Crimes Act, it is a defence if it is a parent or a person acting for the parent using physical force but it has to be reasonable, cannot be administered to the head or neck and cannot cause harm that lasts for more than a short period.READ MORE: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/smacking-grandparents-case-magistrate-berates-department-who-tried-to-remove-nineyearold-boy/news-story/0ece80feb8c119a7e5c0e70d777a4983Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
The first ever Chinese – Shona dictionary has been launched in the country’s oldest institution of higher learning as it seeks to grow intercultural exchanges between the two nations.University of Zimbabwe’s Department of Linguistics produced the “Shona –Chinese, Chinese – Shona Dictionary” in partnership with the Confucius Institute.Shona – Chinese section of the dictionary has 1500 frequently used Shona headwords, while the second section has about 1250 Chinese words that are main head words.The dictionary aims to assist in the dissemination of Chinese knowledge and culture plus help Zimbabweans who want to learn Chinese and Chinese who want to learn Shona. Shona is one of the main language in Zimbabwe and neighbouring nations.According to the Confucius Institute director who is also one of the dictionary’s editors, Pedzisai Mashiri, the institute saw the best way to strengthen bilateral relations between Zimbabwe and China was to create a mutual cultural exchange.“The tendency has been to emphasize us learning Chinese without paying attention to the Chinese themselves learning our local languages and so because of the amount of investment and amount of interaction that is taking place between us and the Chinese, it will be productive and wise for them to start learning local languages and Shona being the major languages in Zimbabwe this dictionary will act as a vehicle for promoting that cultural exchange,” said Pedzisai MashiriThe dictionary’s purpose to enhance cultural interaction between the people of the two countries was also a sentiment that the University’s top heads agree with.Levi Nyagura, Vice Chancellor at University of Zimbabwe“We want to promote this important interaction between the two cultures and there is nothing better than focusing on the vehicle that carries the culture of a people and this is the language,” said University of Zimbabwe Vice Chancellor Levi NyaguraThe government couldn’t agree less“The history of the Sino-Zimbabwe political and economic ties would not be complete without the peoples of these great countries reaching deeper into their recesses of each other’s cultures that are deeply embedded in these countries’ common languages,” said Martha Muguti, the director of higher education programs in the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education
22 Views no discussions Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Share Food & DiningLifestyle Strawberry Daiquiri Dessert. by: – June 17, 2011 Share Strawberry Daiquiri DessertThis frozen fruit dessert is the perfect ending to a summer dinner party. Served in a cocktail glass, this daiquiri dessert will take only minutes to prepare, but your guests will be impressed.Scoop a store-bought sorbet into a glass and pour this strawberry mix around it. Garnish with lime, and you’ve created a classy, cool treat for your guests.Ingredients:2 cup strawberries, hulled1/2 cup powdered sugar1/3 cup dark rum1/4 cup lime juice1-1/2 cups mango sorbetLime zest as garnishDirections:1.For daiquiri mixture, in a blender container combine strawberries, powdered sugar, rum and lime juice. Cover and blend until smooth.2.Divide the sorbet among 6 dessert dishes. Pour the daiquiri mixture around the sorbet, then garnish each serving with a lime zest. Makes 6 servings.Recipe Provided by Better Homes and Gardens
Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Dirty RiceA Louisiana favorite, our version of this spicy dish uses whole-grain Wehani rice. Long-grain brown rice also works.Traditionally made with chicken liver, which gives it a “dirty” color, we use healthy lean chicken sausage instead.Recipe Nutrition:Per serving: 291 calories; 7 g fat (1 g saturated fat, 2 g mono unsaturated fat); 33 mg cholesterol; 48 g carbohydrates; 13 g protein; 5 g fiber; 632 mg sodium; 318 mg potassium Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (90% daily value), Vitamin A (20% dv).Ingredients:1 1/2 cups Wehani or long-grain brown rice (see Note) Wehani (Lundberg)3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth1 tablespoon peanut oil or canola oil10 ounces cooked chicken andouille or other spicy chicken sausage, cut into 1/2-inch pieces1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion1 1/4 cups chopped celery1 cup chopped green bell pepper1 cup chopped red bell pepper2 cloves garlic, minced2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper1/4 teaspoon salt Share Food & DiningLifestyle Dirty Rice. by: – July 18, 2011 32 Views no discussions Share Directions:Bring rice and broth to a boil in a large saucepan. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer at the lowest bubble until the water is absorbed and the rice is tender, about 50 minutes (see Test Kitchen Note). Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes.While the rice is standing, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add sausage and cook, stirring, until it begins to brown, about 5 minutes. Add onion, celery, green and red bell pepper and garlic and cook, stirring, until the onion is soft, about 5 minutes more. Stir in thyme, cayenne to taste and salt. Stir the sausage mixture into the rice and serve.Note: Developed by Lundberg Family Farms, Wehani is russet-colored, long-grain rice with a pronounced nutty flavor. Unlike other long-grain rice, the grain splits while cooking. Use for pilafs, casseroles or rice salad. Use Bhutanese Red Rice as a substitute; adjust cooking time accordingly. Test Kitchen Note: Perfectly cooked rice is not simple. In fact, itâ€™s something that we struggle with occasionally in the Test Kitchen. To have the most success cooking whole-grain rice, we recommend using a pan with a tight-fitting lid, cooking on your coolest (or simmer) burner and making sure the rice is simmering at the “lowest bubble.” While testing the recipes that use less than 1 cup of dry rice, we found that the cooking time varied greatly depending on what stove we used. Although whole-grain rice usually requires 50 minutes of cooking, we found smaller volumes of rice were sometimes done in as little as 30 minutes (and burned at 50 minutes). So, when cooking a small batch of rice, start checking it after 30 minutes to make sure it doesnâ€™t burn.Recipe source: EatingWell.com