Soil Machine Dynamics (SMD) has delivered two 1000m Atom Mk1 work-class remotely operated vehicle (ROV) systems to JFD.The Atom systems, equipped with ultra-compact launch and recovery systems (LARS) and SMD purpose-designed control and workshop cabins, provide a complete turnkey solution which is essential for JFD in providing its customer, the Indian Navy, with reliable equipment for on time critical missions.Optimised for submarine rescue operations, each Atom system carries three emergency life support pods for delivery to a submarine forming the intervention element of the 3rd generation submarine rescue system.Ben Sharples, India project director, JFD, said: “At JFD, we believe in the power of improvement and the importance of collaboration and we have been pleased to work together with SMD on developing these new technologies. SMD’s Atom ROV systems play an important part in our new 3rd generation submarine rescue systems, and in advancing our ultimate aims of driving down time to first intervention, protecting life at sea, and improving the standards of safety for submariners around the world.”The small size and lightweight design of Atom was an important factor for JFD in the selection process, as the entire system must be air transportable for rapid response. During factory acceptance, SMD were able to demonstrate Atom’s thrust capability to JFD representatives at their facility in North Shields, Newcastle using its 64 cubic metre in-house test tank.Mark Collins, managing director ROV Systems, stated: “This has been a significant project for SMD that has seen us deliver two submarine rescue specification Atom ROV systems successfully to a high profile client in the defence sector. Significantly it shows that SMD can provide optimised work class ROV power and capability in a very small package that is light enough for air transportation and fast deployment. Ease of use and reliability were also key requirements which SMD are able to demonstrate through a long track record in a diverse range of sectors. We look forward to continuing our new partnership with JFD to support their current and future needs in the defence underwater arena.”
Hong Kong-listed COSCO SHIPPING Holdings Co., flagship of China Ocean Shipping Company, has raised USD 1.1 billion (RMB 7.7 billion) from a private share offering. The net proceeds were lower from the initial plan under which COSCO Shipping Holdings was aiming to collect RMB 15 billion (USD 2.1 billion).The private share offering raised interest from nine private investors.After completion of the proposed non-public issuance of A shares, COSCO directly holds 4.5 billion of A shares and indirectly holds 87 million of H shares through Peaktrade Investments Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of COSCO SHIPPING (Hong Kong) Co. As such COSCO holds 4.6 billion shares in total, representing 37.89% of the enlarged total issued share capital in the company, and is the direct controlling shareholder.As informed earlier, the company plans to use to net proceeds to fund 20 boxships under construction, six of which would have a capacity of over 21,200 TEU.
TSHD Samuel de Champlain Passes Sea TrialsAfter a long conversion period, the trailing suction hopper dredger Samuel de Champlain sailed from Damen shipyard in Dunkirk last Friday, June 14th, to the Loire estuary where she arrived on Sunday, June 16th, to start dredging operations. British Ports Association: Spotlight on Open-Loop Scrubbers in PortsThe words ‘port infrastructure’ usually conjure up images of quay walls, breakwaters, roads and cranes. But some of the most critical infrastructure to port operations is below the water – berths and navigational channels maintained at safe depths, according to Mark Simmonds, British Ports Association’s Head of Policy and External Affairs. Dredging Today brings you an overview of the most popular stories from the past week (June 17-23, 2019). TSHD Vox Amalia to Take Part in Bacton SchemeJust a few weeks ago, Van Oord and Royal Haskoning DHV, working as part of Team Van Oord, have started the execution of a Sand Motor in Bacton. Ravestein Lays Keel for Backhoe Dredger SarbA keel laying ceremony of the backhoe dredger Sarb, to be built for National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC), took place at Ravestein B.V. in the Netherlands on June 14, 2019. TSHD Bonny River Joins DEME’s FleetDEME’s multi-year fleet investment program continues with the arrival of the new generation trailing suction hopper dredger ‘Bonny River’.
Energi Coast is well-placed to support the development of the 1.4GW Sofia and the 3.6GW Dogger Bank projects selected in the Contracts for Difference (CfD) Allocation Round 3, this North East of England’s offshore wind cluster said.In total, six UK offshore wind projects have won CfD, including Sofia, Dogger Bank Teesside A, Dogger Bank Creyke Beck A, and Dogger Bank Cryeke Beck B, all located off the North East of England coast.Sofia is being developed by Innogy Renewables UK, and Dogger Bank projects by a partnership between Equinor and SSE.The developments secured strike prices of between GBP 39.65/MWh and GBP 41.61/MWh, which is nearly 30 percent lower compared to the strike prices in the second CfD auction in 2017.“The UK supply chain has matured to become ideally-placed to support the offshore wind developments that have been awarded Contracts for Difference,” George Rafferty, Chief Executive of UK energy sector business development experts NOF, said.“Offshore wind is now a central part of a balanced UK energy mix and the companies within the NOF membership and its wider network for diversified and evolved to contribute to the delivery of these projects through the application of innovative technology-led solutions and effective working practices.”North East England’s offshore wind cluster is well-placed to support these developments, Energi Coast said, adding that the cluster has matured to deliver the majority of what is required for an offshore wind farm, both at design, construction, installation and operations & maintenance phase. This expertise ranges from foundations, cables, installation, ports and logistics, training and specialist subsea services.James Ritchie, Chair of Energi Coast and CEO at Tekmar Group. Source: Energi Coast“This is a significant step forward to the UK offshore wind industry, which presents tangible opportunities for North East England’s cluster of supply chain companies that have the experience and expertise to support their delivery and operation,” James Ritchie, Chair of Energi Coast and CEO at Tekmar Group plc, said.“We do not underestimate the challenges this price reduction will create, but I am confident our cluster will be cost-competitive to support the delivery of these projects and we hope developers will recognise the benefit of using a proven, local supply chain. The innovation that companies from our cluster have brought to the industry will enable these developers to deliver sustainable offshore wind generation and ensure the sector can play its role in decarbonising the UK energy system.”
Eco Wave Power has started the assembly phase of the hydraulic land-located conversion unit for its first grid connected installation in Israel. This will be the first time that wave energy will connect to the national electric grid in Israel and a special Feed in Tariff (FIT) will be determined for such purpose.“We are making significant progress towards our first grid connected installation in Israel with the commencement of the assembly works. This is our second grid connected installation in the world,” said Inna Braverman, CEO of Eco Wave Power.The hydraulic works are expected to be finalized within 30 days. Once hydraulic works are finalized, Siemens will begin the electric installation works. Once the land located conversion unit is fully assembled, EWP will perform final testing by means of wave simulation. This implies simulating different working pressures to examine the proper system performance. When wave simulation testing is completed successfully, the conversion unit will be transferred to Jaffa Port, where it will be connected to 10 large scale floaters.Eco Wave Power is expected to initially install 1-2 large scale floaters, and after that install the full amount. The floaters are the largest in size that have been installed by EWP to date.In parallel, Eco Wave Power’s engineering team and the EDF Renewables IL engineering team are working on enhancing automation, control and monitoring system and jointly handling the required remaining licensing and the securing of the designated wave energy FIT.“In the management and development of this project, EWP has demonstrated agility and efficiency. We have finalized planning, engineering and the procurement phase for the installation of the power station within a short time-frame, and we are already commencing the exciting phase of assembly. I am very proud of our engineering department and our highly professional, top of the line subcontractors,” says Inna Braverman.The Jaffa Port power station is partially co-funded by the Ministry of Energy of Israel and by EDF Renewables IL, as part of the Joint venture agreement entered between the parties.
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Scotland, has awarded a £10.1m contract to marine, civil engineering and building contractor, L&M Keating Ltd to carry out upgrade works at Lochmaddy Pier in North Uist.Under the contract, Keating will be responsible for completing all civil engineering works for the harbor upgrade project, including pier strengthening and extension, upgraded fendering, land reclamation and seabed dredging.The infrastructure upgrade work at Lochmaddy is part of the Skye Triangle Infrastructure Project, which involves significant harbor upgrades at the three ports at Tarbert, Lochmaddy and Uig.The work is designed to improve and modernize harbor facilities and prepare the way for new vessels.Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands Paul Wheelhouse, said: “I am very pleased to see the planned upgrade of Lochmaddy Pier moving forward with the award of this contract, following the recent award of the contract for construction works at Tarbert on the Isle of Harris. Work can now begin on the construction phase of the project, which will deliver an improved experience for the passengers who use these important services.”The work will begin this January and is expected to be completed in spring 2021.
<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>DEME Group’s latest addition to the fleet, the 2.300m³ trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) River Thames has successfully completed its sea trials in Southeast Asia.According to the company, the newbuild was successfully put to the test near the coast of Batam, Indonesia.The vessel is designed to maintain sea and inland waterways, as well as perform land reclamation. It is equipped with the latest electronic system to improve positioning, sounding and execution of dredging work.To minimize environmental impact during dredging, the vessel is equipped with the latest innovation in the field of overflow – the IHC Plumigator.The 2,300m³ River Thames is the first of two new trailing suction hopper dredgers joining DEME’s fleet in 2020.
NZ Herald 21 April 2015The Human Rights Commission and two other groups want to join a legal challenge by a terminally ill woman seeking the right for a doctor to help her die without criminal prosecution.Lecretia Seales, 41, is dying from brain cancer and believes it’s a “fundamental human right” to be able to choose to end her life with medical assistance, if she wants to, before her suffering becomes intolerable.In a legal first in New Zealand, the senior legal and policy adviser at the Law Commission filed a statement of claim in the High Court seeking a ruling to determine whether her GP could lawfully administer a lethal dose of drugs.Assisting suicide is a crime punishable by up to 14 years in prison but Ms Seales’ case relies on the provisions in the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act that protect the rights to not be deprived of life or subjected to cruel treatment.If successful, the bid would allow the doctor to euthanise Ms Seales because of her specific circumstances and would not set a precedent. But a favourable High Court ruling would allow others to follow suit and potentially send a signal to Parliament for further law reform.The case, Seales v the Attorney-General, has been set down for a one-week hearing in the High Court at Wellington next month.But three other parties – the Human Rights Commission, the Voluntary Euthanasia Society of New Zealand and the Care Alliance Trust – are seeking to join the case and have their say in court.Voluntary Euthanasia supports Ms Seales’ position, while the Care Alliance is opposed to assisted suicide and euthanasia.Asked whether the Human Rights Commission supported or opposed Ms Seales’ bid, a spokeswoman said the case raised important human rights issues with implications for many people.“We believe it is important the court has the benefit of an independent perspective on human rights principles and the legal framework which applies in cases like this.”http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11435738
Stuff co.nz 16 October 2016Family First Comment: Shocking – and tragic.New Zealand has the highest rate of teen suicide in the developed world, an OECD report reiterates.Despite the alarming information the report revealed nothing new.New Zealand continuously ranked among the worst in the world for our levels of teen suicide.In a normal week two teenagers or two children kill themselves, Youthline director Stephen Bell says. About 20 young people will be hospitalised for self-harm each week, he estimated.This was New Zealand’s shame, he said. If suicide was a contagious disease, Bell said the country would have demanded action.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/85305366/the-highest-rate-of-teen-suicide-in-the-developed-world
Leaders of the five-nation East African Community (EAC) bloc are today expected to meet in Dar es Salaam on Monday to yet again try and resolve the political crisis in Burundi.At least 70 people have been killed in two months of protests there, sparked by president Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid to stand for a third term.Burundi’s electoral commission is yet to release results from the recent,parliamentary elections, boycotted by the opposition and internationally condemned as not being credible.The Ministers/Cabinet Secretaries will be considering the Report of the working visit of the Ministers of EAC Partner States plus the Republic of South Africa to the Republic of Burundi, and the Report of the Joint International Facilitation Team comprising the EAC, International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, the African Union, and the United Nations.Meanwhile Burundi’s president Pierre Nkurunziza, skipped the regional talks aimed at brokering a deal to end weeks of unrest in the country, choosing instead to campaign for his controversial third term.“President Pierre Nkurunziza will not attend the summit,” said spokesman Gervais Abahiro, adding that Foreign Minister Alain Aime-Nyamitwe would take his place.Mr Nkurunziza will instead lead his presidential campaign in Burundi’s central Mwaro and Gitega regions.he crisis in Burundi surrounds Mr Nkurunziza’s bid to stand for a third consecutive five-year term in office, a move branded by opponents as unconstitutional and a violation of a peace deal that brought an end to years of civil war in 2006.More than 70 people have been killed in more than two months of protests and a failed coup attempt, with almost 144,000 refugees fleeing into neighbouring nations.Parliamentary and local elections held last Monday were boycotted by the Opposition.The UN electoral observer mission said the polls took place “in a tense political crisis, and a climate of widespread fear and intimidation”. Parliamentary elections have just concluded in Burundi