The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers Dry cleaning can be a hassle. It’s expensive, it can take a long time, and it isn’t very good for the environment. Unfortunately there aren’t that many alternatives, but luckily the folks at Whirlpool and Tide have come up with a machine that solves all these problems.Named the Swash, the system helps save your dry cleaning problems in three ways: First of all it saves time by helping garments look their best under 10 minutes. Second of all, it cuts your dry cleaning costs down by about 50 percent. Third of all, it saves your clothes by preventing dyes from fading and fabrics from pilling. White, blue and orange lights count down cycle completions and also alert you in case anything goes wrong. In addition, it’s nice and compact, so for those of you who don’t live in compact apartments, there’s plenty of room to store Swash, which can fit right into your closet. And, you don’t need any complicated water pipes, just a standard outlet.In those 10 minutes, it removes wrinkles, neutralizes odors, and restores the fit of your clothes, returning them to the condition that you bought them in. How about that? You may never have to go to the dry cleaner again.Still not sure about it? Swash only costs $500, and if that investment is too high, they’re giving a 45-day risk-free trial.We have to say, with all the delicate clothes in our wardrobe and the nuisance of ironing and dry cleaning, Swash just might be a god send.For more information, visit swash.com. Editors’ Recommendations How to Cook Rice Perfectly Every Time Wake Up Rested With the Best Down Pillows of 2019 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts The Complete Guide for Learning How to Mow a Lawn
West Skincare Is the Best New Grooming Product Line for Active Guys Brandi Chastain Wants to Get People Talking About Women’s Sports and Keep the Conversation Going Forever A Closer Look at the Inspiration Behind Backcountry’s In-House Apparel The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About Why Are All These Celebrities Shotgunning Beers? Editors’ Recommendations Brands have long thrown “Sport” on their labels to appease those seeking a more athletic lifestyle without having any real athlete backing it. But now there’s a brand embraced by professional athletes and average humans alike: Art of Sport.Art of Sport founder Matthias Metternich uses athletes, like partner and basketball great Kobe Bryant, to hone formulas and test products before launching them in the market. With a roster of athletes like Houston Rocket, James Harden; Chicago Cub, Javier Baez; Pittsburgh Steeler, JuJu Smith-Schuster; skateboarder, Ryan Sheckler; surfer, Sage Erickson; and motocross racer, Ken Roczen, the brand’s grooming products — like deodorants, sunscreen, recovery cream and body soap — are now not only athlete-approved, but also available to the consumer.“The goal is, if Nike is what you wear and Powerade is what you drink, [Art of Sport] want[s] to be the brand that every athlete applies to their skin and trusts to do its job,” Metternich said. “Athlete doesn’t mean the gym rat. If you have a body, you’re an athlete.”A frequent entrepreneur, Metternich realized the opportunity to develop an athlete-backed grooming brand while in a CVS sunscreen aisle. At the time, he noticed the haphazard use of the word “Sport” on the packaging. “When I think of sport brands, I don’t think of Banana Boat,” said Metternich, who then walked through the aisles and noticed the similar issue on other products. “Nothing about the formulations had any sport integrity to them.”Coming from an age that saw brands like Nike and Adidas dedicated to athletes and building products serving those same athletes, Matternich wanted to bring that same dedication to grooming products. As he explored his new idea, he recruited some of the premiere skincare scientists, Dr. Shekhar Mitra and Dr. Laurence Dryer, to help develop Art of Sport’s line.Art of Sport’s roster of athletes.Dryer is a former vice president of research and development at The Honest Company, focusing on better and safer product formulas for mothers and babies. Mitra was a long-time Procter & Gamble innovation executive with more than 300 patents in his name, including work on Crest White Strips and Old Spice Clinical Strength.For more than a year, the brand worked out formulas to optimize delivery to the skin and offer some form of performance enhancement, like those you might get from a moisture-wicking shirt, without the use of common chemicals found in other skincare products. The process was still missing a key component: the athlete. Which is where Bryant entered the picture. Relatively fresh off his lengthy professional basketball career with the Los Angeles Lakers, Bryant became intensely involved in the startup company, Metternich said.Bryant either tested the products himself for extensive feedback or recruited athlete ambassadors for the same. The athletes all came from a wide an array of sports, with what Metternich said had “an approach to sports, style or attitude that is unique or original.”Currently, the brand lacks winter sport athletes, but Metternich said it’s on the company’s map, as are other additional athletes. He and Bryant alike stress the importance of putting these products through the ropes with real athletes for real feedback.“An athlete, at any level, is always focused on how to improve,” Bryant said. “With Art of Sport, the goal is simple – provide innovative body care products designed for sports performance. We brought together the best minds in skincare to develop products that allow athletes to stay focused on competition.”To check out all of Art of Sport’s products, head over to the brand’s official site.Shop Now
This has been the goal of the Island Council for Jamaica Legion, which maintains the Curphey Home in Newport, Manchester. Story Highlights Jamaicans are being encouraged to assist in the welfare of the country’s ex-service men, by donating to the cause. Through its annual National Poppy Appeal, now underway, the legion is seeking to raise funds to maintain the home. As the world community prepares to recognize the sacrifices of war veterans on Remembrance Day, Monday, November 11, Jamaicans are being encouraged to assist in the welfare of the country’s ex-service men, by donating to the cause.Having fought valiantly alongside servicemen from other countries, during the two most extensive global conflicts of all time – World War I (1914 to 1918) and World War II (1939 to 1945), it is only fitting that Jamaica’s war veterans be given the opportunity to enjoy their twilight years in comfort.This has been the goal of the Island Council for Jamaica Legion, which maintains the Curphey Home in Newport, Manchester, a residential facility for indigent ex-servicemen and women.Founded in 1958, the home, which is the only establishment of its kind in Jamaica, provides food, clothing and nursing for residents on a daily basis. There are currently 13 residents at the facility.Through its annual National Poppy Appeal, now underway, the legion is seeking to raise funds to maintain the home and assist the welfare of other ex-servicemen across the island.Chairman of the Legion, Colonel (Ret’d) Torrance Lewis, tells JIS News that in addition to running the Curphey Home, the funds go toward the general support of ex-servicemen through grants and pensions.He says that there are approximately 200 veterans still living across the island, who are no longer self-sufficient. The widows are also taken care of even when the war veterans pass on.“We would like people to contribute as much as possible. Every time they see a poppy tin, just drop something in it. That is the main source of getting funds to maintain the health of the ex-service men. Sometimes, they are people who have served before there was the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), they have no medical cover and so we have to finance their entire welfare. We also give the existing ex-service men, those who are needy, we give them a grant each month. In fact, we will be paying out a grant monthly to about 100 ex-servicemen,” he informs.Shortly before and during the observance of Remembrance Day, cans are normally distributed to collect funds in exchange for paper poppies. Colonel Lewis informs that the donation cans and poppies are placed in various stores, banks, and other places. Cadets are also on the streets with tins asking for donations.“We also send out letters to companies and the National Poppy Appeal has different fund raising sessions – band concerts, fish fry… whatever it is, different ways of raising money for the funds, and the aim usually is to try and get as much as would maintain the Curphey Home, which cost in the region of about $6 million or $7 million a year to maintain it,” he notes.Colonel Lewis informs that the Jamaica Legion gets a grant from the Government of about $650,000 a month to assist the ex-soldiers. The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and the British World Government League also provide support.For war veteran, Arthur (Roy) Knight, this gesture to improve the lives and recognise the contributions of ex-servicemen is significant, as during the wars, they faced injury and death every day, even while not on duty.Only 20 years old when he enlisted, the now 88 year-old former Right Lieutenant, who served in the Royal Air Force during World War II, tells JIS News that he risked his life to serve his country and to ensure a free world.“If Germany had won the war, we would be slaves. So I felt very well to have served. (Adolph) Hitler wasn’t a nice man you know? Hitler was a serious man; he wanted to conquer the world,” he asserts.There were about 4, 000 to 5,000 Jamaicans, who were involved in the wars. Many Jamaicans served in the Royal Air Force. Others joined the ground forces of the British army and the Canadian forces.The nation will celebrate Remembrance Day or Veterans’ Day (as it is referred to in the United States) on Sunday, November 10, with the annual Memorial Day ceremony at the War Memorial epitaph, National Heroes Park.The day is observed in Jamaica on the Sunday closest to the November 11 day, when the First World War came to an end.In addition to the national ceremony, which will feature cannon blasts and moments of silence for the veterans, Remembrance Day celebrations will be held island-wide. Members of the public are invited to attend any of these ceremonies at epitaphs in all parish capitals, which are organised by the custodes and parish councils.The National Heroes Park celebrations will include: uniformed groups parade and laying of floral tributes by the Governor-General, the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition, the Chief Justice, Mayor of Kingston, JDF Chief of Defence Staff, Commissioner of Police, as well as several representatives from the diplomatic corps.The Commissioner of Corrections, Chairman of the Jamaica Legion and representatives of St. John Ambulance and the Royal Air Force, will also place floral tributes in memory for those who died in the war while serving the country.
Story Highlights Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’ on May 24, Acting Executive Director of the JNHT, Dorrick Gray, said a preservationist architect has been working with the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) to ensure that guidelines are followed and repairs “fit into the overall structure of the building.” The Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT) is monitoring repairs at the Ward Theatre to ensure that its heritage value is maintained.Renovation work is ongoing at the theatre, a historical landmark situated on North Parade in downtown Kingston.Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’ on May 24, Acting Executive Director of the JNHT, Dorrick Gray, said a preservationist architect has been working with the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) to ensure that guidelines are followed and repairs “fit into the overall structure of the building.”He pointed out that any changes to the building will have to be approved by the JNHT, although the building is managed by the KSAMC.“It is a declared monument and we are interested in ensuring that the integrity of that building is maintained,” he added.As it relates to what areas of the building will be maintained, Mr. Gray said the structure is being assessed, after which the details will be discussed with the KSAMC.However, he noted that several areas are made of wood and they have insects and termites.“So, a lot of those will have to be replaced. But it is a work in progress,” Mr. Gray said.Highlighting the importance of the building, he argued that it represents “the local art of us as a people and the birth of the annual Pantomime.”Mr. Gray said the Ward Theatre, donated to the City of Kingston by Colonel C.J. Ward in 1912, is the last of four structures to have been constructed on the same site.He noted that the first one was built in 1770.“The last one before this theatre was built was destroyed by the 1907 earthquake,” he added.The Ward Theatre, which was declared a national monument in January 2000, is among some 300 sites declared as protected heritage by the JNHT. The Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT) is monitoring repairs at the Ward Theatre to ensure that its heritage value is maintained.
“We think things should be a bit easier now despite the logistical challenges of multiple locations, and we can now get on with the business of going full throttle in terms of restoration of the main building, hopefully, through the end of this year when we can see a renewed Cornwall Regional hospital,” he said. Dr. Tufton explained that the evacuation will enable the completion of repairs in a more efficient manner, while allowing nurses and doctors to operate in a more comfortable environment. Story Highlights Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the main building of the Cornwall Regional Hospital should be fully evacuated by this weekend into Monday (April 9).Patients and staff will be relocated to the Falmouth Regional Hospital in the neighbouring parish of Trelawny.Dr. Tufton explained that the evacuation will enable the completion of repairs in a more efficient manner, while allowing nurses and doctors to operate in a more comfortable environment.“What that (the evacuation) will do in terms of the work on the main building is allow us a free hand to really go in and to gut and remove those parts of the building that require removal, without the risk of recontamination or contamination of other areas where work is taking place, and so the issues as a result of the air quality would not arise,” he explained.“We think things should be a bit easier now despite the logistical challenges of multiple locations, and we can now get on with the business of going full throttle in terms of restoration of the main building, hopefully, through the end of this year when we can see a renewed Cornwall Regional hospital,” he said.“So, we should be in a position this weekend, into Monday the very latest, to (accommodate) the doctors and nurses, many of whom will be transferred or relocated from Cornwall Regional,” he added.Dr. Tufton was speaking during a tour of Cornwall Regional on April 5, following a visit to the Falmouth Hospital.He informed that Falmouth Hospital has been renovated to increase the number of operating theatres from two to four, and an additional section is being refurbished to accommodate patients who require surgery. The 87-bed facility is being equipped with 55 additional beds.Dr. Tufton said, further, that efforts will be made to extend surgery hours from around 4:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.He, however, explained that due to the time-sensitive nature of some medical cases, a surgery team will remain at the Mount Salem clinic, which was renovated to house a temporary operating theatre to accommodate accident and emergency cases.Dr. Tufton advised that the Cornwall Regional Hospital is not closed and is still offering its services to the public.“I want to reiterate that the hospital is still open for business. The services of Cornwall Regional Hospital continues… . What we have, then, is Cornwall Regional’s services being provided up to about 80 per cent of normal capacity in multiple locations, which is quite challenging, but, nevertheless, providing for those who require it, particularly those who require it under emergency circumstances,” he said.In the meanwhile, Minister Tufton said Falmouth Hospital stands to benefit from the renovations that are being made to accommodate patients and staff from Cornwall Regional.“Falmouth is benefiting from the adjustments that have had to be made, so at the end of it all, assuming Cornwall is restored to normality, Falmouth will be a much better hospital with more capacity, and, by extension, the people of Falmouth will benefit,” he said.Dr. Tufton also underscored his gratitude for the sacrifice the doctors and nurses have made over the past months.“It has been a very difficult situation for them. They have had to deal with an environment that has been harsh, but they have risen to the call of duty, and I certainly want to express my appreciation on behalf of the Government and, indeed, the people of western Jamaica, for their commitment and service,” he said. Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the main building of the Cornwall Regional Hospital should be fully evacuated by this weekend into Monday (April 9).
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has announced States of Public Emergency (SOEs) for the parishes of Westmoreland, Hanover and St. James.“After careful consideration and review of the crime statistics, in particular violent crimes which have been committed in some western parishes, the security forces have advised that the current situation would warrant the Government advising the Governor-General to declare/proclaim States of Public Emergency,” the Prime Minister said, during a press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister on Tuesday (April 30).Mr. Holness said the Governor-General has declared that a State of Public Emergency exist in the community of the entire area comprising the parishes of St. James, Hanover and Westmoreland.“This proclamation shall, unless previously revoked, remain in place for 14 days or for such longer period not exceeding three months,” the Governor-General said.Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson, gave reasons for the declaration of the SOEs.According to data outlined by the Commissioner, between January 1 and April 28 this year, 29 persons were murdered in Westmoreland; 27 persons were murdered in St. James and 18 persons were murdered in Hanover.In 2018, some 97 persons were murdered in Westmoreland; 84 persons were murdered in Hanover and 55 persons were murdered in St. James.“In 2018… the parish of Westmoreland was the most murder-dense place in the country, followed by the parish of Hanover. If you look at what has happened since the beginning of 2019, you will notice that Westmoreland is ahead. Westmoreland is now leading, St. James has gone up 70 per cent over where it was last year at this point, and Hanover is still significantly high,” he said.For his part, Chief of Defence Staff, Lieutenant General Rocky Meade, said at dawn today, both the JDF and Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) deployed their members to the parishes of St. James, Westmoreland and Hanover.The SOEs will give the security forces temporary additional powers, including powers of search, arrest and detention.During the SOEs, the security forces will have the power to search, curtail operating hours of business, restrict access to places and detain persons without a warrant.A State of Public Emergency was first declared in St. James on January 18, 2018 by the Prime Minister. It ended on January 31, 2019.
Eastern Shipbuilding, October 24, 2013 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定 My location Print Close zoom Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. has delivered a newbuild offshore support vessel, the M/V HOS RED ROCK (Hull 202), to Hornbeck Offshore Services, LLC . The vessel, launched on April 19, 2013, is the second of four designated as the HOSMAX 300 series.Hornbeck’s first vessel, the HOS RED DAWN (Hull 201), was delivered on June 21, 2013 and is currently servicing offshore drilling operations in the US Gulf of Mexico. Hornbeck’s third vessel the HOS RENAISSANCE (Hull 203) is currently at Eastern completing final outfitting, regulatory and DP – 2 trials. Delivery of the HOS RENAISSANCE is scheduled for November 2013.These high-tech vessels feature four Caterpillar 3516 C 16-cylinder turbo-charged Tier III diesel generator engines each rated at 1825 kW at 1,800 rpm. Main propulsion power is provided by two GE Energy furnished Hyundai 2500 kW 690VAC electric motors driving two Schottel SRP 2020 FPZ-Drives with nozzles rated at 2,500 kW at 1,025 rpm each for a total of 6,704 Hp.These vessels are capable of a maximum speed of 14 knots with a cruising speed of 12 knots. The fully integrated bridge is arranged for increased visibility and features the latest technology in navigation, communication equipment.
zoom The Wallem Group is leading the way in Honk Kong for the maritime industry, winning a plethora of awards from peers, seafarers and clients.The Shipping Company of the Year title was bestowed on Wallem by the International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) for the Wallem Group’s crew welfare program in the Seafarer Welfare Awards.ISWAN is backed by the ITF (International Transport Workers Federation), a heavy weight in the transport workers sector. Nominations for the Award are made by seafarers, endorsing Wallem as a leading employer for seafarers around the world.The Award was announced on Monday 7 April 2014 at a ceremony hosted by the Director General of the International Labour Organisation, Mr Guy Ryder, at the ILO in Geneva.Wallem Ship Management has received double the recognition from leading Japanese ship owner/operator client NYK Group, winning Car Carrier of the Year Awards for two vessels in management, and the Innovative Bunker and Idle time Saving (IBIS) Award for all NYK container vessels in Wallem’s management.The shipping industry recently recognised Wallem with the Ship Manager of the Year Award at the annual Seatrade Asia awards ceremony in Singapore on 07 April. The Award recognises excellence in ship management, from crewing to technical and procurement services. Wallem delivers ship management services from the key maritime locations of Hong Kong, Singapore, Europe and North America.The Hong Kong SAR has recently made commitments to the city’s maritime industry, including the Chief Executive CY Leung’s second policy address proposing a statutory maritime body and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council leading a delegation to the shipping event of the year, Posidonia, in Greece.Wallem, April 11, 2014
Press Release, May 14, 2014, Image: Wikimedia zoom Last week, as Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Equinox completed its scheduled dry dock in Cadiz, Spain, it joined Royal Caribbean International’s Allure of the Seas and Explorer of the Seas in a program that tracks ocean circulation dynamics and measures atmospheric and oceanographic conditions, on repeated journeys.Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s ships are known for providing vacationers with innovative experiences, extraordinary service, and award-winning cuisine as they cross the world’s oceans. Not as well known – but critically important worldwide – is the scientific research conducted on several of these ships by the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.The scientists capture and analyze oceanographic and atmospheric data on the vessels sailing worldwide.The scientists record ocean temperature, salinity, and chlorophyll concentration, as well as properties of the ocean’s surface, such as reflectance and absorbance. In addition, they measure meteorological properties, such as wind speed, wind direction, barometric pressure and humidity.These data help scientists monitor, understand, and forecast climate change and its effects on marine ecosystems, such as coral reefs.Coral reefs protect coastlines from storms and help sustain the livelihoods of local people, especially in developing countries, where coral reefs contribute about one-quarter of the annual total fish catch, providing food to about one billion people in Asia alone.“These data are proving to be of invaluable assistance in calibrating and verifying the American and European satellites monitoring climate change throughout the ocean,” said Dr. Peter B. Ortner, Director of the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.“Smaller packets of data are transmitted on an hourly basis through RCCL’s regular satellite link and large data sets will be sent back via Internet connection when the ship is in port.”“Royal Caribbean is extremely proud of the collaboration with the OceanScope program to foster greater understanding of the global climate system and the oceans on which our ships sail,” said Rich Pruitt, Vice President, Safety and Environmental Stewardship, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL). “Our business depends on ocean health, and part of protecting ocean health is understanding the atmosphere and its effects.”Funded in part by RCL’s Ocean Fund, the University of Miami’s OceanScope equipment on Explorer of the Seas has tracked ocean circulation dynamics since 2000, in the North Atlantic basin that the ship sails through while on Bermuda and Caribbean routes from the US Northeast.The Allure of the Seas lab tracks these conditions through the Eastern and Western Caribbean, and has done so since 2012. The installation of an OceanScope lab on Celebrity Equinox will provide insight into the ocean dynamics in the Mediterranean Sea, across the North Atlantic and along the Iberian Peninsula.RCL created The Ocean Fund in 1996, to support marine conservation organizations in safeguarding the health of the world’s oceans and coastal communities. The fund aims to support efforts to restore and maintain a healthy marine environment, minimize the impact of human activity on the environment, and promote awareness of ocean and coastal issues and respect for marine life.Since the Ocean Fund’s establishment, RCL has given over $13 million to over 75 organizations around the world for projects that relate to ocean science, climate change, key marine species, education and innovative technologies.
The project will evaluate a modern high speed passenger and car ferry owned and operated by the multi-award winning Greek shipping company Blue Star Ferries of Athens, Greece – a member of Attica Group.Blue Star Delos and sister vessel Patmos already incorporate cutting edge sustainable vessel technology being the first vessels in the Mediterranean region that use the hybrid shaft generator system (HSG) – an innovative sophisticated active front end frequency converter system enabling the shaft generators to be constantly connected to the ships’ grid, improving power factor and creating less Nox emissions.In addition HVAC and engine room ventilation use a frequency converted load dependent management system which also lowers fuel consumption and leads to a further reduction in Nox emissions.Solbian Solar PanelsDuring the initial stages of the project and in a world first on-board a ship, a marine solar power system using flexible lightweight marine grade panels from Solbian Energie Alternative will be integrated with the Aquarius MAS and real time performance monitoring of the solar power array will be conducted.In addition the fuel oil consumption of the vessel will be logged and emissions data calculated using the Aquarius MAS.This system has been specifically developed by EMP & KEI System Ltd. of Osaka, Japan, to allow for renewable energy systems to be integrated into a common platform which can also be used to monitor other systems on ships such a main engines, generators and pumps.Blue Star Ferries own technical team will supervise the project whilst Eco Marine Power will provide project management & technical consulting services in addition to providing equipment along with various strategic partners.Aquarius MASGreg Atkinson, Director and Chief Technology Officer at EMP said: “This project with Blue Star Ferries is very exciting for Eco Marine Power and for our strategic partners as it will be the first deployment on a ship of some of the technologies and solutions we have been developing over the last few years including our integrated renewable energy systems.”It is anticipated that the Blue Star Delos Renewable Energy Innovation Project will pave the way for the wider deployment of EMP’s renewable energy solutions across the shipping sector and this very important project has been made possible thanks to the leadership of Blue Star Ferries, a shipping company with a commitment to protecting the marine environment and encouraging innovation.Press Release; August 6, 2014 zoom Eco Marine Power has begun a project to jointly deploy and evaluate with Blue Star Ferries of Greece a range of innovative renewable energy related technologies for shipping, including the Aquarius Management and Automation System (MAS) with an integrated marine solar power system.
zoom A fire broke out on board MOL’s containership, MOL Contribution, on Sunday evening, while the ship was berthed in the Port of Oakland, California.The two-alarm blaze in the superstructure broke out just before 6 p.m. and was showing heavy smoke conditions, according to the Oakland fire departments’ official Twitter account.The fire was reported mid-ship, inside an officer’s cabin and on the sixth deck, Oakland firefighters said in a tweet.It took around 40 minutes for the Oakland firefighters to contain the fire with the help of the cargo ship’s crew.The 2014-built containership is manned by 15 crew members. There were no injuries reported.The cause of the fire is being investigated.World Maritime News Staff; Image: Wikimedia/yoppy
zoom Mauritius Ports Authority has hired Royal HaskoningDHV to look into possibilities for Port Louis to be converted into a bunkering and petroleum/LNG hub.The analysis would be conducted within the scope of the Port Masterplan studies for Port Louis (the gateway port of the Island of Mauritius) and for Port Mathurin on the Island of Rodrigues.Having in mind the growing popularity of LNG as marine fuel among shipowners, the port authority is interested in exploring the opportunity. In this context, the contractor would also conduct a risk assessment and land use planning, with the aim of finding the balance between stakeholder interests.Under the contract, Royal HaskoningDHV is also required to identify new business opportunities for Mauritius ports and forecast cargo and traffic flows. The work includes the assessment of needs for extending and upgrading port infrastructure, and developing a land use plan for the next 25 years. “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract by Mauritius Ports Authorities. The project win is a direct result our vast experience in port planning, waterfront and marina development, and shipping economics,” said Director Michiel de Jong, of Maritime and Waterways, Royal HaskoningDHV.The studies, to be completed by August 2016, will also examine the challenges associated with future development of the ports, including:exploring the potential of Port Louis for container transhipment, increasing performance of the Mauritius Container Terminal, and maintaining and improving market share in a competitive market;unlocking land outside the port boundaries for port expansion, and related challenges in terms of interactions between the port, city and land owners;adapting existing port infrastructure such as quay walls, jetties, port basins and tank farms to handle a wider range of trades; finding a balance between trade development, waterfront development, cruise facilities, marina development, and preservation of the islands’ sensitive ecological system.
zoom Incat Tasmania has secured a contract for the construction, delivery and long term charter of a large fast vehicle ferry for Mols-Linien A/S, the fourth vessel the Australian shipbuilder will construct for the Danish ferry operator. The Hobart shipyard will commence work on construction of the wave piercing catamaran immediately, with delivery scheduled for the first quarter of 2017.“A large ship order to a repeat customer is proof positive of the quality and reliability of the vessels our team build in Tasmania. This is the third Incat ship that Mols Linien have added to their fleet in a period of just four years,” Incat Chairman Robert Clifford said.The newbuild super ferry will be named KatExpress 3, and it will be an upgraded and more customer-friendly version of near sister-ship vessels KatExpress 1 and KatExpress 2, Incat says.The new fast ferry can take up to 1,000 tonnes of cargo, equivalent to up to 1,000 passengers and 417 cars. Like KatExpress 1 and KatExpress 2, the new fast ferry will carry trucks, campervans, motorcycles and bicycles.KatExpress 3 is expected to commence operation on the route between Aarhus and Odden and the route between Ebeltoft and Odden in late May 2017. The newbuilding is likely to replace the company’s smallest ferry Max Mols, an Incat 91-metre vessel built in 1997, which will allow the company to transfer up to an additional 400,000 cars a year.“We have been working on the project for some time, and although the design team still have some finer details to complete, construction will commence immediately,” Incat Tasmania Managing Director Simon Carter said.“The 250 production staff are currently building four passenger vessels for Manly Fast Ferries, with another 6 boat order for Sydney Ferries to commence in 2016. This new large ship order will secure work for an expanded workforce for at least a further two years.”
zoom Scotland-based KNOT Offshore Partners has, through its subsidiary, entered into a binding term sheet for a new senior secured credit facility in order to refinance the existing bank loan associated with the crude oil tanker Hilda Knutsen.The existing bank loan has an outstanding principal amount of USD 75.6 million with a balloon amount of USD 69.5 million due at maturity in August 2018, according to the company.The new senior secured credit facility will consist of a USD 100 million term loan facility with Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance (Hong Kong) Limited and will have a fixed tenor of seven years.KNOT Offshore Partners expects to close the facility in May 2017, subject to the execution of definitive documentation and satisfaction of customary closing conditions.“The refinancing of the Hilda Knutsen facility will make a significant liquidity contribution to the Partnership. We are securing long-term financing on attractive terms, addressing our refinancing risks and at the same time further diversifying our funding universe,” John Costain, CEO/CFO KNOT Offshore Partners, said.The company added that it anticipates that it will have the option to purchase the shuttle tanker Vigdis Knutsen when it commences the long-term charter with a subsidiary of Shell, expected in early April 2017.A ninth dropdown would result in the Partnership’s growing its fleet to comprise thirteen advanced modern shuttle tankers, a 225% fleet growth since the Partnership was listed on NYSE in April 2013.
zoom Qatar-based marine transport and logistics conglomerate Qatar Navigation (Milaha) has seen its net profit drop by some 33 percent for the first quarter of the year ended March 31, 2017.Namely, the company ended the quarter with a net profit of QAR 236 million (USD 64.8 million), significantly lower than QAR 352 million (USD 96.6 million) reported in the same period in 2016.Milaha’s operating revenues also decreased to QAR 648 million for the first three months of the year, compared to QAR 767 million reached a year earlier, representing a decrease of 15 percent, while its operating profit dropped by 27 percent to QAR 185 million from QAR 256 million in the respective periods.“We are continuing to face the same market challenges as in 2016, but we remain confident in our ability to drive growth and capitalize on new opportunities while exercising financial discipline,” H.E. Sheikh Ali bin Jassim Al Thani, Chairman of Milaha’s Board of Directors, said.Additionally, Milaha Maritime & Logistics’ net profit declined by QAR 14 million, mainly as a result of continued rate pressure in the company’s container shipping unit, while Milaha Gas & Petrochem’s net profit plunged by QAR 46 million mainly driven by a global downturn in shipping rates that impacted all major sectors.Similarly, Milaha Offshore reported a drop in its profit as well, which decreased by QAR 25 million, with QAR 22 million of that related to impairments.“Given the difficult environment we are working in, we posted solid operational results. We will continue moving ahead with our multi-year growth strategy to build a stronger and more sustainable business,” Abdulrahman Essa Al-Mannai, Milaha’s President and CEO, said.
zoom Chinese shipbuilders have secured the majority of last week’s reported orders, bolstering further China’s status as a top shipbuilding nation.New Times Shipbuilding has won a contract for the construction of eight 63,000 dwt bulkers from Cyprus-based Frontmarine, according to Allied Shipping Research.The ships are slated for delivery in 2020 and are valued at USD 26.5 million apiece, pushing the total value of the deal to USD 212 million. The deal is said to include additional options.Qingdao Wuchuan Heavy Industries has been tied to an order for up to eight 86,000 dwt bulkers. Chinese owner Fujian Guohang Ocean is said to be behind the contract, which includes three firm ships and options for five newbuilds, Asiasis said.The trio is scheduled for completion in 2019 and is estimated to have fetched around USD 90 million in investment.South Korean counterpart Hyundai Heavy Industries has reportedly won an order for two 400,000 dwt bulkers from compatriot Hyundai Glovis, while Japanese yards, including Tsuneishi, Sasebo Heavy Industries, and Mitsui Engineering nabbed orders for one small bulker each.Separately, Chinese Chengxi Shipyard has been linked to an order for up to four 56,000 dwt tankers, placed by HK Kai Sheng International Shipping, data from Allied Shipping shows.Under the terms of the deal, the Chinese yard will build two tankers, scheduled for completion in 2019 and 2020 respectively. Two additional units are optional.The newbuildings are priced at around USD 30 million apiece.World Maritime News Staff
zoomIllustration; Source: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license A shipowner and a master are facing trial after being accused of discharging around 90 tonnes of oil from a bulk carrier into Queensland waters in July 2015.Namely, Globex Shipping and the master, Kuk Hyun Jang, were charged with two offences under the Protection of the Sea Act in 2017.The parties each face fines of up to AUD 17 million under Commonwealth law, according to local media reports.Data provided by Supreme Court of Queensland indicated that the oil was allegedly spilled into the exclusive economic zone and outer territorial sea off the coast of Queensland from the bulker Regina, which has since been renamed and sold. The incident reportedly occurred while the ship was sailing from Singapore to New Zealand in mid-July 2015.Subsequently, the oil floated into the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park before washing up on north Queensland shores later that month.Pre-trial proceedings were scheduled to begin in the Townsville Magistrates Court, however, Globex Shipping’s lawyers argued they had not been effectively served with summons to appear.The company did not appear in Court and believed the Magistrate had no power to examine witnesses. Not agreeing with this, Townsville Magistrate, Ross Mack, ordered Globex Shipping to come to court.In the Supreme Court in 2018, the company successfully appealed the decision, that was overturned in the Court of Appeal on August 27, 2019.World Maritime News Staff
Premier John Hamm offered thanks and congratulations on behalf of all Nova Scotians today, Jan. 18, to several health-care professionals for their volunteer relief efforts in Pakistan. A team of two doctors and three nurses from Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow, and a translator were honoured at a ceremony at Province House. The team travelled to Pakistan for 10 days in November 2005 to provide medical care to victims of an earthquake. Dr. Syed Haider, an orthopedic surgeon and native of Pakistan, led the team. “The work of this Pictou County team is an example of how the Nova Scotian tradition of helping those in need knows no boundaries,” said Premier Hamm, who presented the team with certificates in recognition of their relief work. “All Nova Scotians can be justifiably proud of Dr. Haider and his team for participating in this vital, humanitarian project.” The team also included: retired family physician Dr. Ed Skinner, operating room nurses Joyce Horne, Susan MacDonald, and Brenda McCarron-White, and team co-ordinator and translator, Perveen Sharif.
HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 The southbound entrance ramp from Glendale Drive to Highway 102 at Exit 4C will be closed from midnight on Friday, Sept. 15, to 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 18. Traffic control will consist of traffic control persons, detour signs, traffic control devices and drums. Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 -30-
Nova Scotia elementary school students are being asked to discover the differences they can make to prevent global warming. The Department of Natural Resources and the Climate Change Centre of Clean Nova Scotia are asking young students to take part in the Little Footprints — Big Difference contest. The contest is part of National Wildlife Week 2007, April 8 to 14. The theme, Canada’s North … Ours to protect … The world’s to cherish, focuses on the impact of global warming on the Arctic and the rest of Canada. “This year’s theme is timely, especially with the province’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said David Morse, Minister of Natural Resources. “Rapid climate change is causing arctic ice to melt earlier every year, threatening the habitat of polar bears and other wildlife. “But it is not just a problem affecting Canada’s North. Global warming affects everyone, and we want to encourage young students to become aware and get involved in this important issue.” To participate in the contest, students will need to identify at least one action to help prevent global warming. They will have to indicate their intended start date and illustrate the action on the contest sheet. The deadline for submissions is April 30. Prizes will be awarded in two categories: Primary to Grade 3 and grades 4 to 6. First prize is a family day pass to Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park, a Sunwind Solar Model Car kit, and a National Wildlife Week prize package. Two honourable mentions will also receive National Wildlife Week prize packages. Ten of the most colourful and creative entries from each grade level will be selected for display at the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History. For more information on the Little Footprints — Big Difference contest, call 902-424-5481 or e-mail email@example.com .